Anticipation & Complexity 2

Webinar on Anticipation and Complexity

Foreseeing a New Paradigm of Human Development

July 21, 2015

In preparation for the First International Conference on Anticipation, co-organized by the UNESCO Chair of Anticipatory Systems and WAAS, a second webinar on “Anticipation and Complexity: Foreseeing a New Paradigm of Human Development” was conducted on July 21, 2015.

This forum intended to explore the Anticipation topics of the conference and build on the WAAS programing on Complexity and New Paradigm. We had a lineup of presenters from diverse disciplines and had a vibrant discussion about the concept, study field, and implementation of Anticipation.

Each presenter was given 10 minutes to address the topic from their perspective and present key points, and then had Q&As and open discussion.


Roberto Poli
Anticipatory Practices and Methodologies
Tibor Tóth
Anticipation of Futures 
Donato Kiniger-Passigli
Anticipation of Humanitarian Development
Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento; Fellow, WAAS Ambassador, Executive Secretary Emeritus, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization PC; Fellow, WAAS Head, Fragile States and Disaster Response Group, International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva; Fellow, WAAS
Hazel Henderson
Institutional Anticipation (Presentation)
Gilberto Gallopin
Anticipation and Sustainable Development
Mila Popovich
Anticipation as a Paradoxical Issue 
President, Ethical Markets Media; Independent Futurist; Economist; Syndicated columnist; Consultant on Sustainable Development Ecological Systems Analyst; Fellow, WAAS Associate Fellow, WAAS; Interdisciplinary Scholar
Mark Swilling
Anticipatory Thinking from an African Perspective
Tatiana Smetanina
To Anticipate What We Would Like to Have (Presentation)
Neantro Saavedra-Rivano
Anticipatory Approach in Economics (Presentation)
Professor, The School of Public Management and Planning, University of Stellenbosch; Academic Director, Sustainability Institute, South Africa Associate Professor, Institute of Economics and Management, Udmurt State University, Russia Professor, Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Robert Hoffman
Anticipatory Capacity of Human Beings
Pierre-Antoine Barraille
Why should we Anticipate? 
David Chikvaidze
Anticipation and Decision-making
President, What If? Technologies Inc.; Associate Member, Club of Rome President of Praneo Chef de Cabinet of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva; Associate Fellow, WAAS
Andras László
Anticipating the Human Being of the Future
David Snowden
Founding President and CEO,; Founding Fellow, Global Collaborative Alliance; Associate Fellow, WAAS Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge; Honorary Professor, School of Psychology at Bangor University