Putting futures literacy and anticipatory systems at the center of entrepreneurship and economic development programs – A View from the UNESCO Co-chair in Anticipatory Systems for Innovation and New Ventures


  • Jonathan Calof
  • Dominic Blakely




innovation, UNESCO, economic opportunities, foresight


Integrating futures thinking and anticipatory thinking into programs can help improve economic opportunities The UNESCO Chair’s approach has helped improve economic opportunities, for organizational and municipalities/economic regions. It is hoped that the results can be used to help others bring this approach into their programs. Perhaps those running/part of entrepreneur/small business development programs, accelerators and incubators will see the University of New Brunswick (UNB) UNESCO program and may look at ways to include futures thinking and anticipatory systems thinking in their programs. Finally, the approach has helped cities/municipalities, perhaps those involved in regional economic development will integrate the Chairs approach.


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