8:00 - 9:15 EDT
13:00 - 14:15 CET

Opening Session : « Development and Its Futures »

Webinar Virtual


The opening session, Objects of the Future, was designed & facilitated by Stuart Candy, Associate Professor of design at Carnegie Melon and Luciana Mermet, the UNDP Resident Representative in Bolivia. The objects of the future, as tangible representations of a range of alternative futures, are meant to stretch the boundaries of thinking and generate a different type of conversation by embodying the world a generation or even a century from now. The intent with this conversation is to create a more real sense of long-range impact of actions we might take (or not take) today, upon what will happen tomorrow. The panel featured:

  • Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, the world’s 1st commissioner representing the interests of the future generations at the government level.
  • Marcela Sabino is Head of Innovation at the museum of tomorrow in Brazil. The museum curates standing installations of the Museum.
  • Faruk Kaymakci is Deputy MFA Minister, Turkish Government and a key supporter of Istanbul Innovation Days.  He discuss what innovation and disruption means for the Government and how their relationship with the UN can help further that mission.
  • Roman Krznaric takes a long term view and encourages the stewarding assets for future generations. The author discusses deep-time humility and cathedral thinking in his book, ‘The Good Ancestor’.
  • Nanjira Sambuli is a researcher, policy analyst, and advocacy strategist who works to understand the intersection of information and communications technology (ICT) adoption with governance, media, entrepreneurship, and culture through a gender lens. She presently holds board positions at Transform Health, the Digital Impact Alliance of the UN Foundation, and Development Gateway.