FLiTaPE – Nordic

We empower future teachers with Futures Literacy

The joint project Futures Literacy in Teacher and Professional Education in the Nordics will develop and test a training module aimed at future teachers and professionals, designed to provide them with the theoretical insight and practical skills they need to promote Futures Literacy among their students and colleagues.

News: Project launch press release (19.06.2024)

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Project launch press release

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Leading futures and education institutions launch project to promote Futures Literacy education in the Nordics.

Fremtenkt, CIFS, FFRC, NLA and VIA are happy to announce the launch of Futures Literacy in Teacher and Professional Education in the Nordics – a joint project between Nordic futures and teaching institutions, funded by Nordplus.

The FLiTaPE Nordic project will develop and test a training module aimed at future teachers and professionals, designed to provide them with the theoretical insight and practical skills they need to promote Futures Literacy among their students and colleagues.

The project has received a EUR 70 000 grant from the Nordplus Horizontal program, and will run from June 2024 through June 2025.

Futures Literacy as an essential skill

Coined by UNESCO, Futures Literacy denotes the capacity to understand how images of the future influence our perceptions of the present, and the ability to generate novel images of possible futures to explore alternative courses of action.

In the face of unprecedented global crises, Futures Literacy has emerged as an essential skill. The future of humankind hinges on the decisions we make today, and Futures Literacy allows us to challenge the dominant “business as usual” narratives, create alternative visions of the future, and discover new opportunities for action towards a truly sustainable society.

International research show that Futures Literacy education stimulates imagination, increases interdisciplinarity, and creates optimism, new perspectives, and new forms of agency. As yet, Futures Literacy oriented teaching is a novel phenomenon in the Nordics. This project aims to promote Futures Literacy education by joining the forces of three futures-oriented organisations and two University Colleges who are each leaders in their field in their respective countries.

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Project members

Fremtenkt is a Norwegian private non-profit organisation that assists public institutions and private companies in using the future to address challenges and identify opportunities through which they can hasten the transition to a sustainable society.

Fremtenkt will be acting as project coordinator.

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) is an independent, non-profit futures think tank founded in 1969 with the purpose of helping people and organisations imagine, work with, and shape their future. CIFS' vision is a futures literate world where everyone has the right and mandate to engage with the future, participate, and visualise change, so they can create the best possible future for themselves, society, and the planet. CIFS is the Danish node of the Millennium Project, the initiator of Teach the Future Denmark, and shares a UNESCO Chair with Aarhus University in anticipatory leadership & futures capabilities.

Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) is one of the few university departments devoted to futures research in the world. Founded 1992, FFRC is a department within the Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, Finland. The Centre works with a transdisciplinary approach in an international environment. The cornerstones of FFRC's activities are developing academic futures studies, critical interdisciplinary research, high quality education, strategic and business foresight and insightfully produced futures knowledge. FFRC holds an Unesco Chair in Learning for Transformation and Planetary Futures.

NLA University College is an accredited private university college with a wide range of practice-oriented and socially relevant courses in Bergen, Oslo and Kristiansand, Norway. Founded upon Christian values, the organisation’s hallmark is close follow-up of students, and an emphasis on the students’ personal development and ethical competence and awareness.

VIA University College is one of Denmark’s six university colleges. VIA’s programmes, courses and research focus on professional practice in areas such as healthcare, teaching, social education, technology, business and design. Danish university colleges are universities of applied sciences and offer the majority of the country's professional bachelor degree programmes. VIA's programmes combine research-based teaching with practical training in public and private companies.

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Kick-off meeting

The project group meets online for the first time.

Today, the project members met virtually for the project kick-off meeting.

The agenda was mostly concerned with practical matters like disbursement of project funds and planning of next steps, but the meeting also served the important function of allowing all the project partners to meet for the first time.

We were joined by Thor Svanholm from CIFS, Sari Miettinen from FFRC, Synne Ytre Arna, Julie Borge and Heidi Saure from NLA and Birgitte Woge Nilsen from VIA.

The meeting was hosted by Sveinung Sundfør Sivertsen and Ragnhild Nabben, representing the project manager Fremtenkt.

FLiTaPE – Nordic is a joint project of Fremtenkt (🇳🇴), Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS 🇩🇰), Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC 🇫🇮), NLA University college (🇳🇴) and VIA University college (🇩🇰).

The aim of the project is to design, develop and test a teaching module tailored specifically for university college students training to be teachers at the primary and secondary school level, as well as other relevant professions.

The teaching module will introduce students to the concept of Futures Literacy and equip them with one or more tools to effectively incorporate future-oriented teaching and critical thinking methods into their own practice.

By doing so, the project group aims to empower future educators and related professionals to instill this crucial competency in their students and coworkers, thereby fostering informed decision-making and innovative problem-solving for a more sustainable future.

The project is funded through Nordplus Horizontal and will run from June 2024 through June 2025.

More about the project partners

Fremtenkt is a private non-profit organisation that assists public institutions and private companies in using the future to address challenges and identify opportunities through which they can hasten the transition to a sustainable society.

Fremtenkt will be the project coordinator.

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) is an independent, non-profit futures think tank founded in 1969 with the purpose of helping people and organisations imagine, work with, and shape their future. CIFS' vision is a futures literate world where everyone has the right and mandate to engage with the future, participate, and visualise change, so they can create the best possible future for themselves, society, and the planet. CIFS is the Danish node of the Millennium Project, the initiator of Teach the Future Denmark, and shares a UNESCO Chair with Aarhus University in anticipatory leadership & futures capabilities.

Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) is one of the few university departments devoted to futures research in the world. Founded 1992, FFRC is a department within the Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, Finland. The Centre works with a transdisciplinary approach in an international environment. The cornerstones of FFRC's activities are developing academic futures studies, critical interdisciplinary research, high quality education, strategic and business foresight and insightfully produced futures knowledge. FFRC holds an Unesco Chair in Learning for Transformation and Planetary Futures.

NLA University College is an accredited private university college with a wide range of practice-oriented and socially relevant courses in Bergen, Oslo and Kristiansand, Norway. Founded upon Christian values, the organisation’s hallmark is close follow-up of students, and an emphasis on the students’ personal development and ethical competence and awareness.

VIA University College is one of Denmark’s six university colleges. VIA’s programmes, courses and research focus on professional practice in areas such as healthcare, teaching, social education, technology, business and design. Danish university colleges are universities of applied sciences and offer the majority of the country's professional bachelor degree programmes. VIA's programmes combine research-based teaching with practical training in public and private companies.