A pilot workshop within the FUTURES project on design principles for future laboratories for professional and personal development

In the work of Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute for Sustainable Technologies, foresight and Futures Literacy methods are used primarily to identify future directions of research and technology, and to support professional and personal development.

With the use of these methods, the subject of research and investment programs, co-financed from structural funds was generated at the Institute in recent years.

Currently, the Department of Organizational Innovations and System Analyzes participates in the international project “FUTURES – Future laboratories for professional and personal development” aimed at the development of the tools that use foresight and Futures Literacy methods for the needs of professional and personal development in the situation of unpredictable labor market.

We invited early-stage researchers of the Łukasiewicz Research Network, university students, PhD students, high-school students, career counsellors and educators to play an advisory role in the current FUTURE project activity. During the workshop the participants learned about modern methods of anticipating the future (foresight and Futures Literacy) and shared their insights and reflections about possible futures of their professional and personal development. The participants had also an opportunity to evaluate and indicate crucial elements (design principles) that should be included in similar future-oriented workshops.

Moreover, considering that it was a pilot event (also carried out in partner countries: the Netherlands, Great Britain, Greece and Italy), the results of our workshop will also contribute to reach the project objectives and deliver fine results of the FUTURES project (on-line course) that can be successfully used for professional and personal development.

Thank you to all participants for your excellent work!

The 2-hour workshop took place on April 22nd, 2021 on the Zoom platform and was hosted by the Department of Organizational Innovations and System Analyzes, that is involved in the FUTURES project.

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