5.30pm - 7.30pm
G01, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0NN
From the systems point of view, the development of technologies, economies and cultures contributing to societal development can only be understood as a complex set of relations. I will introduce my interpretation of the so called K-waves, the patterns of 40-60 year long cycles and suggest that we are moving currently from fifth to sixth wave. The drivers for this emerging wave are a set of technologies that drive more efficient use of materials, energy and human capital. Simultaneously, our idea of economy is changing, particularly in terms of endogenous factors that brush aside much of the prevailing standard economic thinking. The cultural factors play also a major role here, creating new imperatives on how to use human intelligence in a more effective way.
In terms of smart resource use, last two years have experienced an interesting new wave of policies, businesses and movements that are paving the way for the larger appreciation of the politics of sixth wave. Extending from European Commission’s urge to move forward to national policies and developments, these examples show that new era might have begun. For the futurist like me, this presents an interesting case of weak signals turning to strong. In my presentation, I will illustrate what are the mechanisms for this transition and what might lay ahead of us in the coming decades.
Markku Wilenius acts as professor of Futures Studies in Turku School of Business/University of Turku. He is responsible for international master program for futures studies, which is a globally unique study program designed for cross-disciplinary approach for issues pertinent for the future.
Dr. Wilenius has over 20 year experience of futures studies. His doctoral dissertation in 1997 dealt with politics of climate change. Over the years he has been involved with extensive number of sustainability studies, ranging from climate change to business case for sustainability. He is regular advisor for European Commission on sustainability and foresight issues. He has worked for a number of years with Allianz, world largest private insurance company, responsible for their strategic research and development. That work entailed gearing the company towards understanding the implications of the coming resource crisis. He is a member of prestigious Club of Rome, with their agenda still heavily set for contributing to understanding sustainability agenda for our future.
In Finland, he is the key advisor for the Government on foresight and has recently initiated a number of new projects aiming at tackling the sustainability agenda with profound political implications.
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UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources was established as an academic department in 2011. It is a cross-disciplinary institute set up to carry out research, teaching and enterprise work in the research theme of sustainable use of resources and the environment and to bring together capabilities from across UCL. In 2012 we were re-located within the Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, and have developed a close relationship with UCL-Energy, with which we undertake joint projects, and share research tools and approaches.