Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina is the current Dean of the Development Academy of the Philippines-Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM), the President of the Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA), the President of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society (PhilFutures) and one of the Advisory Board members of the Washington Global Institute. She is a distinguished academic scholar, an international publication awardee, author of books and journals both local and international, and a resource person in capacity building programs and conferences in the field of public administration. Dr. Perante-Calina enriched her expertise through vast educational experiences including her attendance in various executive courses namely the first knowledge-based management program under the LEADING Asia of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); and the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) of Stanford University in 2015. She recently finished her Futures Masterclass: Foresight to Policy at the National University of Singapore – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She has undergone training on Public Policy Case Writing and Case Teaching, a Train the Trainers Workshop organized by the ADB Institute and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, under Stanford University’s LAD. Dr. Perante-Calina is an alumna of the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she finished her master’s and doctorate degrees in public administration and of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos for her undergraduate degree, where she finished Cum Laude.
The presentation stresses the importance of futures thinking as a 21st-Century skill. Cultivating such a skill that makes use of the future is imperative in crafting better public sector policies and decisions. The added value of the presentation is that it indigenizes Futures Thinking learning by making use of an ancient Filipino word, hiraya (“the fruit of one’s dreams, wishes, and aspirations) to introduce the phrase, Hiraya Foresight, as the indigenous, non-western approach to studying, analyzing, and using the future. The indigenous approach, being novel, requires that Futures Thinking learning has to be reinforced by three companion skills, namely: Hiraya Foresight, knowledge co-creation, and phronetic leadership.