Futures from the Outside

 

January 13, 2017 at 2:30-4:00 PM

Saunders Hall 624

Future studies have developed over many decades into a powerful area of enquiry. It has its own theories, methods, and communities of scholars and practitioners. Yet futures is also inherently interdisciplinary. This discussion session engages with an outsiders’ perspectives on the field. How did a law professor accidentally introduced to the idea of futures become an evangelist for strategic foresight? What adaptions were necessary to make its theories and methods work for perhaps unorthodox purpose? Are there lessons futurists might learn from the use (or misuse) of their tools by other scholars? Join us for a short talk and subsequent discussion of these questions when Professor Jeremy de Beers visits UH.

 

Jeremy de Beer is a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he works on technology innovation, intellectual property, and global trade and development. His current work focuses on innovation in the digital economy, life science industries, and clean technology sector. As a practicing lawyer and expert consultant, he has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, advised businesses and law firms, and consulted for national government and the United Nations.