Meimei Song is a professional futurist, consultant, and life long educator.

Through her current roles as the Founder and Director of Futures3, Dr. Song uses her teaching spirit to bring Futures Thinking and Strategic Foresight & Planning to thousands of students, teachers, policy-professionals, high-level executives, and product developers from the public, private, for-profit, and non-profit fields.

Meimei Song holds both a Masters of Arts (MA) and a Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Colombia University and is currently a fellow and executive board member at the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Stanley Wang D-School at National Taiwan University (NTU) where she teaches interdisciplinary courses found at the intersection of Futures Studies, Design Thinking, Urban Planning, and many more.

With over 15 years experience in higher education and research, Meimei has delivered hundreds of workshops in both English and Mandarin, bringing Futures Studies to people from a multitude of professional and personal backgrounds. Her past experience involves over a decade as an Associate Professor at Tamkang Universities Graduate Institute of Futures Studies in Taiwan. Meimei was also the Founder and Director of Tamkang’s Center for Futures Intelligence and Research (C-FAR).

Dr. Song is a well respected part of the international Futures Studies community who’s research and professional work focuses on using Futures Studies as a medium for transdisciplinary education. This includes the integration of Futures Studies and Design Thinking, Creativity in Engineering Education, Experiential Futures, and the general Democratization and Proliferation of Futures Thinking. 

Dr. Mei Mei Song |Future Studies

SESSION INFO

Session Tile: An Intro to Futures Thinking and Strategic Foresight

Session Objective

By the end of this workshop, you will get an introduction to Futures Thinking, create and experience alternative futures and scenarios, and learn a few core tools and methods to set you and your organization on a journey towards proactive futures oriented decision making.

Session Introduction

The future does not exist, but it can be imagined. These imagined futures take many forms, from the impossible to the possible and even the probable, from the feared to the preferred. These imagined futures are built on ideas, feelings, worldviews, and myths that we all hold. Futures Studies uses these imagined futures and the feelings attached to them to help us transform the present.

In today’s environment, where change and disruption is behind every corner, our systems of analysis and decision making are out of date and always trying to play catch up with whatever new thing is disrupting and changing the world. Futures Studies aims to use images of the future to help organizations and individuals anticipate how the world is changing, create alternative scenarios based on these anticipations, and develop strategies to transform in order to create the future we all  want. In essence, Futures Studies helps us make a fundamental change from a short term and reactionary state of being too a long term and proactive one.

What to Expect

In this Futures workshop, you may be expecting a day of PowerPoint slides lead by an expert. However, Futures Studies believes that the future belongs to everyone and not just the experts. For this reason, the approaches used will allow for more freedom and a much broader level of interaction. Participants in this Futures workshop will not be mere spectators or passive receivers of the futures, but active creators and shapers of a common vision of what they would like their future to be. In this instance, the expert futurist is a facilitator, guiding participants through experiential futures and helping them explore alternative scenarios and create their own inclusive and desired futures.

 

Key Agenda

  • Time Machine; Time Prism - Making sense of the Future

  • Emerging Issues - What the future might have in store for us

  • Futures Wheel - Expanding imaginations about the future

  • Case studies in Futures Studies - Who’s using Futures

  • Feedback and Debriefing - Making sense of everything