A ’10 in 2010’ dinner and celebration was held in Melbourne for members of the Swinburne Foresight program during late July 2010 at the Augustine Centre in Hawthorn. Close to 60 people attended the Friday night dinner and about 40 took part in the full day celebration on Saturday 31st. Maree Conway was MC for the day that started with a delightful and engaging ‘wall of wonder’ exercise led by Karen Newkirk. The rest of the day was structured around ‘open space’ principles. Those proposing sessions placed their bids in one of the available spaces and others ‘opted in’ to those that interested them. There were also many opportunities to catch up and converse during tea breaks and over lunch.
I enjoyed meeting up with people who’d been around while I was there (1999 – 2004). It was also a pleasure to meet others who’d taken the course more recently. I was fascinated to hear pretty much the same sort of comments now as I heard then. Namely, that the course has proven valuable both personally and professionally. In the wrap-up I spoke about how the AFI got started, reviewed its progress since and wondered aloud why it is that such a successful program has still not been widely emulated in other universities. This seems particularly odd given that we are in the early stages of a global emergency that calls for the uptake of high quality foresight in virtually every field. I also expressed the hope that other events would be organised in future by and for this very special group of people.
My thanks go to the organising team: Barbara Bok, Gretchen Young, Serafino de Simone, Monica Vandenberg, Karen Newkirk, Peter Hayward and Maree Conway. A special word of thanks is also due to Philip Bateman who ably recorded many facets of the day. Watch this space for further details of where this footage can be found and viewed.