Vision Mapping

In the face of global disruption and change, discover the power to enact the future of your region and community. Vision Mapping is a powerful way of reimagining our environments. It allows people to see their regions across many dimensions; the layers you create are only limited by the questions you ask. It provides a way to…

Cosmo-localism and the futures of material production

Photo By Nicholas Zambetti – http://www.arduino.cc/, CC BY-SA 3.0,  This essay posits the idea of ‘cosmo-localism’ (or ‘cosmo-localization’) as a potentially useful concept in both explaining a new economic model and in formulating sustainable development pathways. It is a thought stimulation exercise that invites us to join a conversation about the design of a new political economy. The essay…

Train-the-trainer course in strategic foresight and horizon scanning

In early 2016 I got the opportunity to run a very exciting project dear to my heart. For years I’ve been conceptualising a design process for anticipatory governance. In 2012 I was given the opportunity to do the research at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where I compiled and made sense of the…

Interview with Joshua Vial: Past, Present and Future of Enspiral and Trans-national Collectives

Joshua Vial is the founder of Enspiral, the community, network and social enterprise in Wellington (New Zealand) which practices open source, networked and commons based enterprise creation. Enspiral is different from traditional businesses in a number of ways. They have an ethos of collective ownership and social impact, they have a networked form of organization…

Vision Mapping Melbourne’s Future

My close friend Darren Sharp from Social Surplus invited me to collaborate with him on the design and delivery of two half day workshops for the City of Melbourne’s “Future Melbourne 2026 Process“. The project was unique in that we applied a new approach that brought together online mapping technology with appreciative inquiry visioning, strategic foresight…

Publications: José Ramos

Ramos, J. Bauwens, M. and Kostakis, V. (Forthcoming – 2016), ‘P2P and Planetary Futures’, In Carson, R. (Ed.), Critical Posthumanism and Planetary Futures (working title only), Springer, Zurich. (book chapter) Ramos J. (Forthcoming – 2016). ‘Linking Foresight and Action: Toward a Futures Action Research’, In Rowell, L., Bruce, C., Shosh J., and Riel, M. (Ed.),…