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2018, Conjectural Futures Conference
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Conjectural Futures Conference

2 days of foresight talks and workshops for strategists, foresighters, innovators and designers.

5th and 6th of November 2018,
Silent Green, Berlin


Better life for all – or disaster?

Different perspectives are needed to map the future in all conceivable, pleasant and dystopian facets. Varied teams are needed to map the diverse positions to what is possible. The Corporate Foresight Teams of Evonik and Deutsche Bahn invite you to come to Berlin on 5th and 6th of November 2018. Together, we design and discuss radical visions of the future and unconventional future scenarios for companies as well as for society, and set the starting point for the cross-industry open foresight network “Conjectural Futures”.

“There is no people that does not believe the future can be recognized and predicted.”

— Cicero, 63 v. Chr.




Monday, 5th November

Radical futures

Tuesday, 6th November

Plausible futures



Barbara Imhof

Space architect

Space architect, researcher and radio journalist. She is co-founder and managing director of LIQUIFER Systems.

Barbara Imhof

Liam Young

Tommorows Thoughts Today

Liam Young is an independent urbanist, designer and futurist. He is the founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today.

Liam Young

Dr. Michael Kopatz

Climate and environment expert

Scientific project leader at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy and author of “Ecoutine”.

Dr. Michael Kopatz

Arne Hendriks

Artist, Speculative design

Arne Hendriks works in the fields of open design, hacking, speculative research, education and repair culture.

Arne Hendriks

Center for Genomic Gastronomy

Think Tank

The center is an artist-led think tank that examines the biotechnologies and biodiversity of human food systems.

Center for Genomic Gastronomy

Harald Schumann

Investigativ journalist

Harald Schumann is an investigative journalist, among others at the Tagesspiegel. In particular his research interest is on the financial crises in the eurozone.

Harald Schumann



Conjectural Futures Netzwerk

The corporate foresight teams of Evonik and Deutsche Bahn open their corporate boundaries and invite to the cross-industry open foresight network “Conjectural Futures”. Only together can we make the complexity of conceivable futures tangible. Therefore, we share our findings and methods, discuss new topics in open panels and benefit from cross-industry exchange. We would like to determine and iterate together with you the exact DNA of the network at the Conjectural Futures Conference.

While dreams of eternal humanity and scientific breakthroughs from Hyperloop to cold fusion seem close enough to touch, fake news affect election results and right-wing populists populate the streets. By their nature, foresighters are particularly exposed to these developments and are falsely recognized as part of the marketing machinery for trend breaks and creative methods. Reputable foresight is a craft. As a foresight community, therefore, we are more than ever called upon to bring strong methodologies, weak signals and hard trends to the center of attention.

Nadja Berseck
Corporate Foresight and Design Thinking at DB Corporate Strategy

— Nadja Berseck

Björn Theis
Foresight Manager bei Evonik Creavis

— Björn Theis

Conjectural Futures

Open Foresight Network Kick-Off

Be there: Day 2, Workshop Session 1, Open Foresight Network



Around the corner


Silent Green, Berlin
Gerichtstraße 35
13347 Berlin

Plan your trip

Date and time

5th and 6th of November 2018

Get in touch with us!

Say hello

Do you have questions about the “Conjectural Futures Conference” or our Open Foresight Network? We are happy to help you!