Energy Barn, Zernikelaan 17

Barn Talk | 8th of May | Riel Milller: Transforming the future, anticipation in the 21st century

We find ourselves facing challenges while heading towards a more sustainable future. Futures Literacy can provide a valuable point of entry in dealing with this challenging transition. Riel Miller is one of the world’s chief authorities on the theory and practice of using the future to change what people see and do. In this Barn Talk, he will speak about transforming the future through Futures Literacy.


Futures Literacy encompasses the capability to use the future for different reasons, in different ways, in different contexts. Birth/death; joining/leaving; normal/not-normal; repetition/difference; doing/not-doing; general/unique – these are some of the dualisms that unify our consciousness because we are able to imagine and act. This is the universe that we are part of – a constant murmur of complex emergent eco-systems. Meaning, beauty, mystery, wonder and horror – swirling, dancing. In this mix, resilience is not defined by immortality or equilibrium or preservation or restoration or continuity or even discontinuity. The infinite present offers much more. So, just as there is no one way to swim in the now, there are many ways to play with our awareness and perceptions of the future and our intentions in it.

“People’s fictions about the later-than-now and the frames they use to invent these imaginary futures are so important for everyday life, so ingrained and so often unremarked, that it is hard to gain the distance needed to observe and analyse what is going on,” Miller states in one of his books. In this Barn Talk, Miller will present and discuss these topics and talk about his latest book ‘Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century’. This edition of our Barn Talks is part of a special program in celebration of the UNESCO Chair rewarded to the Futures Literacy team of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Details of the Barn Talk

Wednesday the 8th of May

16:00 – 18:00

Energy Barn, EnTranCe

Who is Riel Miller? 

Riel Miller leads UNESCO’s Futures Literacy activities. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the theory and practice of using the future to change what people see and do. He is recognized as an innovative and globally experienced project initiator, designer and manager. He is widely published in academic journals and other media on a range of topics, from the future of the Internet to transforming strategic processes. He is an accomplished keynote speaker and facilitator. He has worked as a senior manager in the Ontario public service (Ministries of Finance; Universities; Industry) and at the OECD in Paris (Economics; Science & Technology; Education; Territorial Development; Development Centre; International Futures Programme). . In 2012 he was appointed Head of Foresight at UNESCO. His new book is titled ‘Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century’.


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