Futures for Regional Development
The conference “Futures & Regions: Making Futures Work for Regional Development” has brought together leading futures experts from the corporate sector, public sector and academia concerned with improving the way public bodies plan successfully for regional development in Europe.
This was the final conference of FUTURREG project. It was organized by the BMW Regional Assembly, Ireland, one of the project’s partners. The event was been held in the Irish town Sligo.
The results of the FUTURREG project have also been presented, demonstrating how futures tools can be effectively deployed to improve the effectiveness of policies and instruments for regional development and cohesion. Futures techniques or tools are frequently used to complement other tools such as planning, strategy and networking – and also to deal with uncertainty and provide scope for choices to be made.
Keynote speakers included Mr. Rohit Talwar, CEO Global Futures and Foresight & Fast Future, Dr. Mark Callanan, Public Policy Specialist, Institute of Public Administration, Ireland and Josephine Green, Director of Trends and Strategy, Philips Design.
The conference’s presentations are available through the FUTURREG project’s website.
About FUTURREG project
FUTURREG is designed to have significant long-term impacts for regional development policies, especially by ensuring that policies – and regional development organisations – are informed by high-quality futures tools and participatory processes, including Environmental Scanning, Trend Analysis, Scenarios, Visionary Management and Delphi.
The FUTURREG inter-regional value comes from bringing the knowledge and proven successes of the partners together – to produce a regional futures toolkit that can also be applied in other EU regions. The futures toolkit will help regional authorities to face some of the most important regional development questions, such as: what are the main trends and issues that will affect the prospects of the regions? What is their capacity to deal with those trends? How can they build the necessary regional partnerships to face the challenges? What concrete actions can be undertaken?