Foresight Frontiers: THE UNESCO Future Lecture Series

Center for Engaged Foresight

On October 14, 2013 UNESCO will hold the second of the “UNESCO Future Lecture Series: Foresight Frontiers” and the UNESCO Future Seminar “Exploring the Attributes, Role and Organization of Horizon Scanning – With Case Studies from Africa, Asia and Europe”. The event will be from 10:00 to 13:00 (GMT+2) at the UNESCO Headquarters @ Room IX; Address: 7, place de Fontenoy 75007.

The lecture will  be available via webcast on

Below are the details and background of the UNESCO Lecture Series project.

The UNESCO Future Lecture Series: Foresight Frontiers serves as a platform for sharing the latest developments in the field of Future Studies from around the world. The guiding aim of the Series is to explore how Future Studies is advancing the capacity of decision makers to use the future to understand the complex emergent present. Being able to think beyond extrapolation based on existing models is not…

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Africa in Transition » ‘HeroRATs’ Corner Landmines and Tuberculosis in Africa

During the 1990s, Bart Weetjens, a Belgian engineer, discovered that the giant pouched rat could be trained to detect explosives in a laboratory. Subsequently deployed in the field, the trained rodents have proven to be highly successful light-weight land mine detectors. The rats can detect explosives made of plastic as well as metal, and they are so light that they do not detonate them. By 2010, APOPO (an acronym in Dutch for ‘Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development’) cleared close to eight hundred thousand square meters of land, mostly in Mozambique, at the nominal cost of $1.50 per square meter. (Read more)

Hero Spotlight: Andra Tamburro

Andra Tamburro Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Born on December 12, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario, Andra moved to Houston, Texas when she was eight and spent her formative years there.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Southern Methodist University, and her masters degree in environmental studies from York University in Toronto. 

Adventurous and fearless, Andra traveled the world, immersed herself in local cultures and made friends everywhere.  She lived and worked in Japan and India.  She met her husband, Peter Cashion, while they were working in Bangladesh and India.  They lived in Cote d’Ivoire, then in Washington, DC.  With their sons, Garrett and Luke, they moved to Turkey, where they spent three years. Andra was just settling back into life in Washington and looking forward to renovating their house, when she received her cancer diagnosis. (Read more)

Syria and NASA

The talks continue on Syria. Democrats and comedian Jon Stewart are in awe of John Boehner backing the president. Panelists on the News Hour and others continue to ridicule the President for the red line comment and seem weary of the Congress’ involvement in the decision. Their track record with backing the President has not been good. Though the talks have been stalled, even Cantor has an editorial in his local Richmond paper explaining why he supports military action.
Reports keep coming in stating that the public is not with the President on this, but with more circulation of the disclosure could sway the favor of The People.

Something you may have missed:

Viewable in West Virginia but not as much in Washington last night was a NASA-sent unmanned rocket to the moon at 11:27 at the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

I’ve been painting

Cheers to a new year starting off very well.  My boyfriend’s brother finally proposed to his, now, fiance, and have been asked to be a bridesmaid; I’ve helped manage one of my friend’s campaigns for a local office in Virginia; and, I had the most wonderful birthday dinner at the beautiful La Ferme, a french restaurant just outside of my hometown, Washington DC.

Since I’ve gotten back home from Virginia, I have started painting again.  And, this time I’ve been given such great and consistent encouragement that I have decided to be more serious about creating a career out of my art.  Here’s the first layer of a portrait of Doris.Image