I'm Isabelle Vuong, specialist in foresight
and a cultural curator.
I combine my two areas of expertise to design and facilitate foresight workshops and processes that use future imaginaries to generate new horizons and ways of acting today. Because today is exactly where we need to start taking action if we want to tackle the challenges of our time.
I am committed to a plural approach to futures, relying on a new orientation of foresight that engage with possible and speculative futures in order to perceive the full potential of the present.
I invite you to practice plural futures with me.
+49 177 522 19 86
+41 79 138 04 35 (whatsapp only)
to develop sustainable futures with the 60 members of the University's Assembly of Transition. Another workshop with more than 50 people takes place at the Division of Country Programmes of the International Trade Centre, the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation.
With Open Futures, the initiative I created in Zurich, I coproduce an Infobroschüre on what it means to live with a residency permit in Switzerland, in collaboration with Club La Fafa and Freiplatzaktion Zürich. In parallel I have co-edit a publication questioning participation in the context of art in the public space, with independant curator and art mediator Nadja Baldini in Zurich.
This year, I have also tought sessions and design workshops on sustainability in an intersectional perspective, in the cultural field (KOSMOS, art mediators yearly network meeting in Kanton Aargau, Migros m2act) and beyond (Institute of Natural Resource Sciences at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Kennedy Foundation's Youth Ambassador Annual Conference).
After completing a Master's degree in humanities at University of Lausanne in 2005, I worked in French-speaking Switzerland for various independent theatre and dance companies and as a freelance cultural journalist (24 Heures, Femina, L'Hebdo, Le Courrier). From 2008 to 2012, I managed the professional dance association of the Canton of Vaud AVDC and supported in 2011 the set up of the Bachelor's degree in contemporary dance at the Manufacture, Haute école des arts de la scène in Lausanne.
From 2013 to 2016 I managed the national professional organisation Reso - Swiss Dance Network based in Zurich. Reso has a mandate from public authorities (Confederation, cantons and cities) to improve the conditions for professional dance all over Switzerland and develops to that purpose national projects with many partners (Swiss Dance Days, Tanzfest / Fête de la Danse, Dance Forum, etc.).
In 2016 I moved to Berlin to study futures studies (Master Zukunftsforschung Freie Universität Berlin).
In parallel, I conducted reports and surveys for public authorities, such as the first inventory of public dance promotion in Switzerland: "Panorama 2017", commissioned by the National Cultural Dialogue (coordination body between the Confederation, cantons and cities). I also started to design workshops and courses in foresight and futures thinking.
After completing my Master's degree in 2020, I founded Open Futures, an artistic and research program bridging arts, future and sustainability. Open Futures took place from 10 November 2021 to 22 January 2022 in collaboration with three cultural institutions – Shedhalle, Gessnerallee, and Tanzhaus – and the Newrope Lab of the ETH/D-ARCH.
In 2021, I have been hired as a part-time specialist in foresight at the Competence Centre in Sustainability of the University of Lausanne, and accompanied the Greater Geneva Region in the development of its action plan in favour of an ecological transition. Next to that, I've also taught sessions and design workshops (EPFL Climate and Sustainability Action Week, Salon Fütür).
I currently live between Switzerland (Lausanne/Zurich) and Berlin.
Each of our actions today is determined by our more or less conscious
visions of the future.
By questioning and renewing
our way of seeing the future, we discover new ways of acting in the present.