Future Forward Aarhus

The Tomorrow, Today on the Radio

We are Future Forward Aarhus, the radio show where you explore the future, and the people who are creating that future here in Aarhus.

From October 2017 until April 2018, we were live on the Aarhus Studenterradioevery other Wednesday.

Our stories will range from super-space-age technology, like artificial intelligence and self-sustaining temporary spaces, to the innovations that makes peoples’ lives everyday life a little better everyday, such as community gardens and composting.

We’re going to bring you stories, interviews, and vignettes about the change makers and futurists right here in Central Jutland. These are entrepreneurs, designers, placemakers, chefs, architects, students, professors, and just ordinary citizens who are trying to understand what the world will look like tomorrow, today.

The show will be produced by a team of five masters students who study journalism here in Denmark, and have a combined background tech, startups, business, and science.

The Future of Urban Spaces

Cities consist of more than just buildings and people. Arts and culture, residential and industrial areas, public transportation and recreational areas. Urban planners must meet the challenges cities face in the 21st century. Like other European cities, a number of areas in Aarhus is undergoing major changes. In this episode, we explore three sites in Aarhus three places that give us a glimpse on the future of urban spaces: A community garden, Institute for X, and Dome of Visions.

With more and more people moving into cities, recreational areas become more scarce. In 2015, a plain stretch of grass behind the Studenterhus Aarhus has been turned into a community garden.

Lisa Urlbauer talks with Leila Trapp about the impact the garden has made and the challenges the members are facing.

The Future of Migration

The future goes beyond technology developments. It also means a change in the social environment. Migration, as a broad topic is an item on every country’s agenda. In this episode we introduce you to the “Voices of Migration” festival as well as an architecture student seeking to improve integration in the district of Brabrand.

This episode is hosted by Rocío Valderrabano and Lisa Urlbauer.

The Voices of Migration festival aims to make change on the topic of migration through literature and arts. But that’s easier said than done when it comes to a difficult and politically-charged topic.

Reporter Lisa Urlbauer talks to the organizers and participants about taking on this challenge.

The Future of Work

Our work of the future will most likely be shaped by automation, artificial intelligence and robotics. Nonetheless, certain factors will be still determined by us humans. In this episode, we will take a closer look at three different topics to explore our relation to work – now and in the future. For our first segment, we welcomed Ellen Madsen, student at Aarhus University, who told us about her experience as the volunteer coordinator at last year’s food festival. After that, we explore “flexicurity,” Denmark’s approach to employment and unemployment, which is often discussed as a model for European labor markets. Finally, Lisa explores mindfulness in work with Patrick Buggy.

This episode is hosted by Rocío Valderrabano and Lisa Urlbauer.

Working hard for the money, as Donna Summer’s well known song says, is something we all have experienced at some point, which means that high levels of stress have likely occurred at work as well.

Lisa Urlbauer talks with Patrick Buggy, a mindfulness writer and coach, about his company Mindful Ambition, which is tackling this issue head on.

Jingle credit: Xiao Liang with music by Simon Mathewson.

These episode were first published on Planet Mundus. 

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