Post-citizenship Futures on Malta

In February we blogged about an upcoming workshop with Time's Up around post-citizenship futures in Malta. Time has flown, and our time in Malta is now sadly in the rear-view mirror. Fortunately, our friends at TU caught the three relaxed, informal, but focused days of learning, brainstorming, scenario creation and prototyping on video. We're looking forward to some of this material becoming part of an exhibition in the near future.

Thanks again to everyone who took one day or the full three out of their work to spend it with us, including some from London, and many great folks from across Malta.




Dubai Future Design


I recently recapped the inaugural session of the Future Design Diploma course Changeist created and is delivering throughout 2017 at the Dubai Future Academy. We are currently in the midst of our second of five two-week courses, each with a different professional cohort participating. Each comes with its own interesting mix of issues, perspectives on challenges facing Dubai and those who live here. We aim to build capacity to apply futures methods and mindsets here, and to learn more about the different views, hopes and fears for the future felt here. 

An excerpt: 

"Every society sees plausiblepreferable and possible differently, and defines preferable based on different values—deeply cultural as well as contemporary. There are unique challenges to discussing and framing futures in a setting where massive new building projects emerge from the desert almost overnight, infrastructure and services seen elsewhere as aspirational, get tested and deployed in reality, yet existential risks of climate change and global instability loom. Future timelines are compressed, distant horizons come rushing at you, and the givens one can assume are different when clear markers of progress are frequently placed ahead in major market sectors. The task then, is to balance what’s planned with substantial external uncertainties in a turbulent world, as well as the implications of internal change in a country that has gone from a trading outpost to global hub in less than one adult lifetime."

To learn more, check the Academy link above. 




Futuring Exercise: Call for Participation

Image: Maria Grazia Montagnari / Flickr

Image: Maria Grazia Montagnari / Flickr

We'll shortly be running a workshop in Malta alongside Time's Up for the  2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Below is a repost of information on this workshop from Time's Up. If you are in the region, we'd love to have you there. Watch this space for our summary of the workshop and resulting projects.



Invitation for citizens to participate in
Futuring Exercises - February 2017

Co-create and implement props, media and accessories from possible futures

Time’s Up, together with the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union with the support of Arts Council Malta and the Valletta 2018 Foundation, invites you to be part of a select group of participants in an exercise designed to imagine possible futures for Malta and Europe.

Led by renowned groups of future designers, these workshops allow participants to draft possible near futures, to imagine a world we all might live in and to implement objects and media existing in these futures.

The results of the activities will be widely distributed within Malta and beyond, engaging with the general population as well as being passed on to decision makers within governments and other stakeholder groups.

We invite creative contributions towards developing a culture of insight and foresight, using speculative thinking guided by futurist experts with groups of practitioners.

We are searching for a wide spectrum of interested, creative and engaged people possessing a distinct sense of curiosity and open-mindedness.

Please feel welcome if you are:

  • Interested, trained or actively involved in political, socioeconomic, cultural or environmentally sustainable undertakings and studies.

  • Involved in or connected with local creative, cultural, artistic communities, initiatives and organizations

  • Otherwise interested in co-creating the future.

To join one of the workshops described, please submit a short text (max. 400 words) outlining why you would like to be involved.

Please send this (the sooner the better / limited number of places) to

Participation in the workshops is free of charge.

Workshop 01: Exploring a Post-Citizenship Future
19th-21st of February / Changeist
Venue 19th-20th of Feb – 10am-4pm: Saint Augustine Hall, Rabat
Venue 21st of Feb – 10am-4pm: MCAST, Mosta

Migrants, cosmopolitans, refugees, ex-pats, aliens, transplants, leavers, joiners - we have many words to describe people who move to be part of a group, place or idea they value.

The workshop will investigate the ideas of soft and hard ‘citizenship’, membership and belonging, and how these notions may change in the near future. It will briefly look at the role of Malta in the history of movement and belonging, look at forces that are redefining ‘citizenship’ today and in the near future, and design new forms of citizenship - of places, things, ideas or something completely different.

Through the creation of experiential scenarios, artefacts and media, we’ll explore these future forms as if they exist now.

Workshop 02: Panel for Special Programmes
24th-26th February / Extrapolation Factory
Venue 24th of February – 10am-4pm: Grand Masters Palace, Valletta
Venue 25th-26th of February – 10am-4pm:  MCAST, Mosta

We invite you to take part in a rare opportunity to serve on the Panel for Special Programmes, a public initiative allowing EU residents to suggest new prototype programmes to the EU

This three-day event will provide you the chance to design preferable paths for the EU, guided by future-visioning strategists from The Extrapolation Factory.

Over the course of the workshop, participants will be introduced to essential futures studies principles, and will learn to identify signals, extrapolate arcs, and to create future artifacts. We will envision programmes and work with local actors to tell the story through promotional videos which will be seen by residents, influential stakeholders, and European decision makers.

Join the workshops!
Make sure that your voice and your ideas will be heard.


 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EUArts Council MaltaValletta 2018Malta Collage of of Arts, Science and Technology

Supported By: 

 2017 Maltese presidency of the Council of the EU, Arts Council MaltaValletta 2018BKA-KunstLinz KulturKulturland OÖ