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OUR MISSION

EXPLORING IMAGINARIES …

The imaginary (or social imaginary) is the collectively imagined form of social life and social order reflected in the design and fulfillment of nation-specific scientific and/or technological projects

“… CHARTING THE COURSE TOWARDS RESILIENT PROSPERITY…”

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WHAT?

The SIDS (Small Island Developing States) SMART Futures Festival is a three -day  free public event focused on engaging civil society and youth in particular.  The event will be conducted as a precursor event to the UN CONFERENCE ON SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES, which is being held MAY 27-30 in Antigua and Barbuda.

In order to reach all 55 islands nation in the alliance of small island states(AOSIS) the event will run from midnight to 11PM (Antigua and Barbuda time) Friday and Saturday (may 24-25) and will end at 7 pm on Sunday (may 26)

Antigua

Mauritius

Fiji

Cabo verde

Maldives

The SIDS SMART Futures Festival will explore the future -2030 and beyond- across central themes uniting big ocean small states, such as ‘The Blue Economy and Climate Change’, Economic Resilience and Human Security. 

WHY?

In a world teetering on the brink of breakthrough or breakdown, with unparalleled challenges and opportunities, the time is ripe for transformation – a paradigm shift. This urgency gave birth to the UN Summit of the Future and the SIDS SMART  Futures Festival 2023. 

 

The SIDS SMART Futures Festival is a 3-day celebration shining a spotlight on Futures We See Emerging, The Futures We Want, where we  imagine the world we want, and the Future We Are Seeding, where we explore the seeds of hope that demonstrate our power to cocreate a world that leaves no one behind. 

The SIDS Futures Festival will enable the engagement of broad civil society, and the popularization of themes relevant to critical global agendas such as: UN OCEAN DECADE, COP 28+;  and help to bring into focus the upcoming UN SUMMIT OF THE FUTURE and the themes enshrined in the DRAFT PACT FOR THE FUTURE and the DECLARATION ON FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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HOW?

Through interactive workshops, storytelling,  games, speakers, panel discussions, artistic presentations,  and films, participants will be encouraged to co-create and share stories and narratives of the futures we want; and enable the messages of the SIDS CONFERENCE 2024 to be memorable and impactful.

The use of live polls or surveys to gather audience opinions, relative to issues pertaining to the UN SIDS Conference and the SUMMIT OF THE FUTURE will engage audiences and provide information that informs civil society engagement in ongoing and follow-up processes.  

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WHAT ARE FUTURES?

Futures connect with foresight.  Most of us probably practice foresight either consciously, or unconsciously. Actual foresight methodology, however, is a rigorous process of mining data for signals on a specific issue.
 
Foresighters (some of whom call themselves futurists) organize data into trends, analyze data to determine drivers of change, scan the environment for countertrends and wildcards and create scenarios or stories that enable understanding of the threat or the aspiration.

Futures may be plausible, possible, or preferable.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Islanders and Cousins and Friends of Islanders from all corners of the globe.
NGOs, Academics, Artists, Technical Professionals, Students, Elders, Youth, Actionists, Activists … All people interested in ensuring the thriving sustainability of islands. 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Various Presentation Options are available based on your content.

  • Panel Session: Presenters propose a moderator and two or more panelists to discuss a topic aligned with a Theme. These sessions are 30 minutes and should be conducted like television style shows.

  • Workshop Sessions: One-hour sessions that dig into a particular topic and are designed to be interactive and full of practical take-aways you can implement in your work as an advocate for the future.   Workshop Session slots are extremely limited.

  • Bright Sparks:  Presentations (TED Style) running for 18 minutes highlighting new and emerging ideas, followed by audience Q&A for 10 minutes.

  • Performance Art: Storytelling, Forward Theater and Experimental art forms running from 10 minutes to 30 minutes about the future you want, followed by audience Q&A.

  • Speed Learning Sessions:  Speed learning allows attendees to explore multiple topics while engaging with presenters in a small group format (no more than 8).  Presenters offer a 15-minute presentation three times in succession as attendees move about the platform.

  • Snapshot Posters:  Visual posters that highlight an impactful practice of your organization and includes a tutorial/presentation video of up to 10 minutes. For example, a stakeholder consultation strategy, a method of promoting waste recycling in communities, etc.). Presenters will create a poster using a Canva design template that can be published by SIDS Futures Fest in Online Exhibit Gallery and will include a QR code that links to the video.

All Participants are invited to join the  SIDS FUTURES FORUM Space on the SMART FUTURES COLLABORATORY on Mighty Networks.

PROPOSED STRANDS … follow the SDGs

  • Economic Resilient Futures (Energy, Water, Tourism, Food)

  • Wellbeing Futures (Health, Education, Governance)

  • Climate Futures

  • Blue Economy & Ocean Futures

  • Technology Futures

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PROPOSED STRANDS … follow the SDGs

  • Economic Resilient Futures (Energy, Water, Tourism, Food)

  • Wellbeing Futures (Health, Education, Governance)

  • Climate Futures

  • Blue Economy & Ocean Futures

  • Technology Futures

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OUR HOPES

Translating the value and importance of international summits and processes to communities at the local and national level, has always been a challenge.

 

The SIDS Futures Festival is designed to share current state of knowledge of work being undertaken, as well as to support deepening of collaborations between actionists and advocates in small island developing states and building a trans-regional  community of practice.

WHO CAN PRESENT?

Presenters are sought from all corners of the globe.

Presenters can be NGOs, Academics, Artists, Technical Professionals, Students, Activists etc.

Presenters must prepare work that directly reflects on the theme WHAT SIDS WANT!

Presenters should focus their contributions on addressing How We Share the Future? How We Shape The Future? And take account of our time horizon of 2030 to 2050.

All workshops, presentations, stories must be futures focused and/or futures present.

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SIDS FUTURES FESTIVAL

AGENDA

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GET INVOLVED

All Participants are invited to join the SIDS Futures Space on our Mighty Network Community  SMART FUTURES Collaboratory.  Joining our Community is Free and will allow you to stay in touch with others working on issues pertaining to SIDS and the Development Agenda for SIDS.

GET INVOLVED

  • JOIN OUR COMMUNITY HERE & ATTEND OUR  OFFICE OPEN HOUSE.

  • REGISTER AND ATTEND ONE OF OUR OPEN HOUSE MEETING ON MAY 18 and 19

MAY 18

MAY 19

CONVENORS

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SIDS SMART FUTURES FESTIVAL

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SIDS BLUE FUTURES MOBILE FILM

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UN SIDS CONFERENCE SIDE EVENT

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PROGRAM BOARD

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James Mutonyi

Partnership Development

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Dr Edoe Mensah

Academic

Advisor

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Gladys Mwangi

Storytelling and Social Media

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Ruth

Logistics and event planning- Nairobi

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ISAAC MACHARIA

Educational Programme

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Abdikadir Kurewa

Logistics-Northern Kenya

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Olaoluwalotobi Thomas

Technical Advisor

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Dr Richard Damoah

Academic Advisor

JOIN THE MISSION
 
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Volunteer Crew for OASEAS

Design Collaboratory

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Research Equipment

and supplies Donations

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Funded Research Partnership

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Funds For Habitat

Construction

The Futures Forum is a 501 (C) (3) organization so donations are tax-deductible as allowed.

Does your company have a matching gift program? 

PARTNERS

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"The future is ever evolving. Might as well get used to it."

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