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Bazaar of Ideas: Shifting Perspectives

Thursday, September 10, 17.30-20.00 hrs EEST

Fellowship Celebration Day2

The second day of the Bazaar of Ideas features the impact of the START – Create cultural change program on local communities over its five-year course in Greece and opens the dialogue on how to develop resilience and sustainability for sociocultural work in the region of South Eastern Europe with the premiere of the Unlearning Talks.
The first talks that launch the virtual series of discussions seeks to deepen our collective understanding of the fundamental issues of adaptability and resilience. Two different approaches on how to navigate uncharted waters and adjust to continuous changes will be presented by three prominent speakers, who will share light on how to build a resilient system and incorporate Futures Literacy principals in the sociocultural sector.

Program Overview

17.30 Welcome & presentation of the START program and Scaling projects 2019/20

18.00 PREMIERE of the Unlearning Talks

And now, what?! The current relevance of Futures Literacy & Systems’ Resilience

  • Riel Miller, Head, UNESCO Chair on Futures Research
  • Lina Liakou, Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, Global Resilient Cities Network
  • Epaminondas Christofilopoulos, Head in Greece, UNESCO Chair on Futures Research, FORTH/PRAXI

18.45 Virtual Fishbowl Conversation with START 2019/20 Fellows on how to develop resilience in their future endeavors

19.30 ‘Try & Error': Documentary film screening, offering a view behind the scenes of the 5th edition of START, Directed by Antonios Vallindras

Host & Moderator: Maria-Louiza Laopodi, Project Manager, START & Unlearning Talks Co-Curator 


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Dr. Riel Miller

UNESCO Chair on Futures Research

Dr Riel Miller 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 2005 he founded a consultancy – xperidox to advise clients on how to use the future more effectively. In 2012 he was appointed Head of Foresight at UNESCO. He has been focusing specifically on the dissemination of Futures Literacy throughout the UN system and worldwide ever since.

Lina Liakou

Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, Global Resilient Cities Network

Lina Liakou leads the resilience practice in Europe and the Middle East for the Global Resilient Cities Network (formerly 100RC), working with the 21 member cities across the region in developing their resilience thinking through long term City Resilience Strategies and actionable initiatives. Before joining the Network, Lina was Deputy Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Thessaloniki, Greece. As a Deputy Mayor, Lina Liakou initiated collaborations with the European Commission, the EIB and the World Bank. Prior to this, Lina was Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki, an intermunicipal company that coordinates national and international research projects. Lina Liakou is an architect and urban designer from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

Christophilopoulos Epaminondas

Head of the UNESCO Chair on Futures Research & Foresight Unit in PRAXI Network/FORTH

Epaminondas has a background in Physics, Environmental Studies, International Relations and Foresight, and experience in technology transfer and international research collaboration, coordinating several projects in Europe, Asia, the Gulf peninsula, and Central America, while he has extensively worked in China for over 10 years. Epaminondas is responsible for the Teach the Future hub in Greece, while he is a certified Future Strategist, Vice-Chair of the Foresight Europe Network (FEN), Co-Chair of the Greek Node of the Millennium Project and member of the World Future Studies Federation (WFSF).

Maria-Louiza Laopodi

Project Manager, START & Unlearning Talks Co-Curator

Maria-Louiza is the project manager of the START fellowship program on cultural management and is based at the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki in Greece. She monitors every year 15 nationwide projects and helps the program participants to grow as professional cultural managers. She has 15+ years in creative and participatory project management. She translates vision into measurable impact and fights for simple and flexible solutions. She has a blog, she organizes events about Cultural Entrepreneurship and she founded a startup. She is interested in collaboration platforms and disrupting traditional processes efficiently for social and economic growth.