Just over two years since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, continuing economic and political crises add to the already troubling state of affairs in Malaysia, steeped in the ongoing issues related to education, climate change, and social cohesion, to name a few. Placed in the context of fractured global supply chains, rapidly advancing technological inequality, and uncertainty over borders and conflict, particularly in the Pacific, there is no time like the present to begin thinking about tomorrow. But how do we think about the future?
This workshop is designed to provide another option – a new door that grants the ability to re-evaluate and transcend some of the days issues as well as those that lurk on the horizon of distant tomorrows. Participants will be introduced to the wide world of futures studies, its theories, and its methodologies. Futures Malaysia, the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought is proud to bring back our in-person workshops, now with a hybrid edge to allow our friends from afar to join in on this unique learning experience. Unlike other workshops, this one will be specifically tailored to the futures of Malaysia and, building on the diversity of the participants, allow us to come together and find new avenues forward. By the conclusion of this workshop, we hope participants will be able to take the knowledge and skills learned back to their varied fields of study and work not only helping their colleagues see the multitude of possibilities before them, but also to help build a stronger more futures literate nation, ready for what lies ahead.
45 participants from ABIM, MBM, PKPIM, IIUM, DIWAN, AAYG, TMSA and Projek Bangsa Malaysia had attended the workshop for two days. They were divided into 5 groups and choose various trends and emerging issues to discuss among group members.