How would disruptive technologies affect public life?

Future of food - infographic Rli scroll down for larger images

Future of food – infographic Rli
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Dutch government council wants to hear from futurists.

Self driving cars, 3D printing, robotics, these are just a few of the major technologies that are likely to bring massive disruptions in about every aspect of life. What do we eat? What would our work be like in the future? How do we travel? Where does our energy come from? The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure, the primary strategic advisory board for the Dutch government and parliament in matters relating to the physical environment and infrastructure, has initiated a foresight study to stimulate the public debate about the impact of disruptive technologies. It is not a traditional research project, but includes future imagery, crowd sourcing and technology assessment. Read here about the foresight study and initial ideas regarding the future of healthy nutrition, efficient mobility and smart buildings.

An online discussion platform with scientific experts and professional futurists

The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure  is looking for professional futurists with a keen understanding of technological advancements and societal change  to take part in an internet discussion concerning technological innovations and their social impact.

During two weeks an online discussion platform is available for experienced futurists globally. A true brainstorm among futurists together with scientists to bring forward new and exciting ideas.

An invitation for futurists

As futurists, we hear about new inventions every day. Some of these innovations may bring about far-reaching changes in our lives and the environment in which we live. At the very least, we should be considering the possible implications of developments such as 3D printers, epigenetics or lab-grown hamburgers.

Council member of RLi,  Agnes van Ardenne, invites (inter)national experts in various disciplines to join their conversation in identifying technological innovations so as to consider what they might mean for key public issues in the living environment. The main question addressed in the survey is:

What impact might technological innovations have on the public and private domain in terms of healthy nutrition, efficient mobility and smart buildings?”

 Results of the survey will be shared at international conference January/February 2015

The results from this survey will be used to examine the potential consequences of technological innovations in the physical domain from various vantage points, and to spark public debate. The results of this study will be compiled in an eBook (English) and presented during the concluding international conference in January/February 2015.

 Join the international panel discussion

If you join one of the panel discussions on healthy nutrition, efficient mobility or food, you will not only help us with our advice to the Dutch government, but you’ll also join in an international debate with 25 food experts. The discussion is based on ten propositions concerning technological possibilities, their social implications and required conditions for innovation.

During the two-week session you can exchange views with other panelists and respond to them online. Initially, it will take 20-30 minutes to review the propositions and answer related questions. You may spread your contribution over two weeks, but responding quickly will encourage a lively discussion. In the same time you could also follow and even join the discussions on efficient mobility, smart buildings or general social impacts.

The panel discussion starts September 8 up to September 22, 2014. If you would like to join please send a short e-mail that explains your expertise as a professional futurist with an understanding of emergent technologies to before September 1, 2014. If you are considered qualified, you will then receive your personal code to log in for this panel discussion.

Forward the invitation in your network

If you think anyone else in your expert network should join this panel, you are welcome to forward this.

Looking forward to your reply before September 1, 2014

Please, take a look at these infographics to see what the initial discussions have been about.

Future of food - infographic Rli

Future of food – infographic Rli

Future of transportation - Rli

Future of transportation – Rli


Future of buildings – Rli




About Freija Van Duijne

Twitter: @FreijavanDuijne Futuring is my passion. I am fascinated about what the future might bring. Always looking around for leads about the future and open for new insights. I am futurist, trendwatchter and strategist at the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, a thinktank in the Netherlands. My background is in Human factors psychology. I did my Masters at Leiden University and I did a PhD in Delft University at the faculty of Industrial design engineering. I have been involved in foresight studies since 2006. I am frequently asked as an expert for future studies in area of food, natural resources, health and governance. I am also a speaker and workshop facilitator on futures studies, trend presentations and the many topics that I blog about. My contributions to Futuristablog represent my own personal opinion and is never a statement of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
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