Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century
3 October 2018
The keynote lecture forms part of the Pierre du Bois Annual Conference 2018 which is organized by the Graduate Institute in partnership with the Pierre du Bois Foundation. More information about the conference can be found here. Additionally, Riel Miller’s biography can be found below.
Head Futures Literacy, UNESCO, Paris
For over thirty years Riel Miller has been pioneering advances in the theory and practice of ‘using-the-future’ as a means to improve management and public policy, with a focus on transformational experimentalist leadership. He is a practitioner-researcher who has designed and implemented hundreds of projects around the world, deploying innovative ways of ‘using-the-future’ in order to change what people see and do. In all his projects Riel walks-the-talk of co-creation, harnessing the collective intelligence of everyone, from CEOs and Prime Ministers to shop-floor workers and school children. He is an experienced and innovative educator, a pioneer of the field of Futures Literacy and the Discipline of Anticipation. He is widely published in academic journals and other media on a range of topics, from the future of education and the Internet to the transformation of leadership and productivity. He is an accomplished keynote speaker and facilitator.
He started his career at the OECD in Paris in 1982. Completed his PhD in Economics at the New School for Social Research in 1987. From 1985 to 1993 he worked for the Ontario Government, in the legislature and as a senior manager in the Ontario public service (Ministries of Finance; Universities; and Industry). In 1995 he returned to the OECD to work in the International Futures Programme and with the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. In 2005 he founded an independent consultancy – xperidox (which means knowledge through experience) to advise public and private sector clients from around the world on how to use the future more effectively. In 2012 he joined UNESCO as Head of Foresight.
Riel’s unflagging ambition is to find ways to put the richness of complex emergence at the service of humanity’s capacity to be free.
Most recent publication: Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century
Video: Transforming the Future – YouTube.
For publications see: ResearchGate