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Anne Beate Hovind is an urban developer who commissions and produces art in public spaces. She is the curator of the world renowned Future Library in Oslo, a public artwork by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, which will unfold over the next 100 years challenging our concept of time, as well as of trust. Future Library challenges our concept of time. One thousand trees were planted in Nordmarka, outside of Oslo. Each year, an author is invited to write a text. When one hundred years have passed, the trees will be felled to make paper on which to print these texts. Until then, no one may read them.

Anne Beate began her career in urban planning. She built a hospital and for many years she worked on improving the passenger experience at Oslo Airport. She gradually spent more time working with public art transforming the urban experience and became project director of art in Bjørvika Utvikling – an organisation responsible for building all public space construction in one of Oslo's neighbourhoods.

Over the past 20 years, Anne Beate worked at the interface of art, culture and business where she has gained a vast amount of experience in realising complex and original projects. In 2018, she received the Oslo Municipality's Artist Award for her work with art in the city

Event role
Keynote & expert talk speaker

'Stretching our time horizon - a future beyond our own lives'

In the past, there were no clocks to relentlessly drive people, keeping them tightly on schedule, nor OKRs or milestone plannings. Our modern society has become increasingly enslaved to the relentless ticking of time. We live in the era of what Alvin Toffler called 'future shock’; no more sense of permanence, but instead, people change jobs, relationships, residences, and ideas with increasing frequency, making adaptation a tough task. On top of that, we have an anxiety-inducing uncertainty of what the future holds; we only know that change will come quickly and that it will be disruptive, and this inability to comfortably predict the future 
– even ten years out – makes it risky to undertake long-term projects. The increasing inundation of change that we now face greatly shrinks our time horizon and keeps us hyper-focused only on the immediate future.

Based on her experience as Chairwoman of The Future Library Trust, Anne Beate will share her learnings from a project whose outcome will unfold far beyond our lives. Join her and learn about emotional design, linear vs. explorative design, long-term thinking vs. short-termism, and much more.

Deep dive
'How to work with uncertainty and hope in our practice'

Following Anne Beate’s keynote, we invite you to join her and design anthropologist and psychologist Anna Kirah for a deep dive into our practice. In an intimate setting, you will explore how to stop linear thinking and blind stepwise progression and build on our own uncertainties and hope for the present and collective future. The current rat race has forced us to use sequential thinking to aim for quick-wins and focus on a short-term time horizon. You will discuss how and where to apply long-term thinking in an explorative non-linear fashion by exploring boundaries for ourselves and those we work with and for, boundaries which can be both windows of opportunity and hindrances along the way.

Saturday, September 17, 09:15 (keynote) & 11:30 (deep dive)

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