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Timeline

Working Session: Foundations

In-person

June 13 – 15, 2017

Description

A three-day event held in Ottawa introducing participants to each other and Canada Beyond 150. Participants will form their project teams, choosing to explore one of the five themes and begin to engage with subject matter experts and Canada@150 alumni. Participants will also be introduced to foresight, design thinking and public engagement through presentations and interactive exercises.

Objective

To provide an overview of the theoretical and practical tools at the heart of the project.

Resources

Suggested Readings

Workshop: The Human Element

In-person | Virtual Presence

July 12 & 26, 2017

Description

This workshop will introduce participants to methods for gathering data, qualitative data analysis, and a format for organizing and sharing findings. It will allow participants to gain insight into the views and experiences of those that shape their group’s selected theme.

Objective

To explore human centered design, ethnography and co-creation, and how they apply to policy development.

Resources

Presentations

Workshop: Taking the Long View

In-person | Virtual Presence

August 9, 23 & September 13, 2017

Description

Building off the weak signals found in June, participants will learn to make sense of their findings and challenge preconceived notions about the future. The foresight tools included in the workshop will guide groups in identifying their assumptions in order to systematically explore plausible alternative futures.

Objective

To introduce key foresight concepts that help teams understand future policy challenges and opportunities.

Resources

Method Cards
Presentations
  • August 9
  • August 23
    • Insights and Change Drivers* (PDF) (Video)
  • September 13
    • Taking the Long View: Part 3 (PDF)

* These presentations have been modified for this workshop. The original series can be viewed on the Policy Horizons Canada website.

Workshop: Telling a Story

In-person | Virtual Presence

September 27, 2017

Description

Storytelling is a powerful and accessible way to contextualize the findings of foresight and design thinking. In this workshop, participants will learn practical tools for creating stories about people as a bridge to understand complex ideas about the issues of today and possible futures.

Objective

To help teams transform their findings into narratives to aid in their goal of co-creation with stakeholders.

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Working Session: Futures Fair

In-person

November 2017

Description

All project participants come together for a three-day event where teams will present their findings so far through interactive narratives. Project work will become more tangible as teams begin to explore policy challenges, opportunities and possible interventions through cross pollination with other project teams.

Objective

To share foresight and stakeholder research findings, and pivot to exploration of policy interventions.

Workshop: Now Make it & Test it

In-person | Virtual Presence

January 2018

Description

This workshop will focus on uncovering preferred futures from the viewpoint of stakeholders and project partners in order to understand how they are implicated by policy shifts.

This workshop will challenge project teams’ assumptions by uncovering preferred futures from the viewpoint of stakeholders and project partners. Participants will learn how to define qualitative and quantitative metrics for measuring desired outcomes, and iterate on their possible interventions.

Objective

To help teams explore new ways of validating their ideas.

Working Session: Sharing the Journey

In-person

March 2018

Description

Participants and teams will come together one more time to share their learning, highlighting both their journey and process, and the people that contributed to their new understanding.

Objective

To share and celebrate the hard work and resulting new ideas.