Advisory Board

Lydia Garrido Luzardo

Lydia Garrido Luzardo is the Chair of Sociocultural Anticipation and Resilience at UNESCO and Chair of the Uruguay Node of the Millennium Project. She is also a Member of the Planning Committee of The Millennium Project.

Lydia is a Social Anthropologist and Futurist specializing in social change, sustainable development, and resilience. As a practitioner of the anthropology of anticipation, she pays special attention to emergent processes in contemporary societies and how communities perceive and use the future, to generate knowledge and strengthen decision-making capacities.

Since 2017, Lydia has been Associate Researcher and UNESCO Chair of Sociocultural Anticipation and Resilience (since 2018) at the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS).

She has been enhancing learning and information in decision-making to facilitate change processes from a futures perspective. Our beliefs about the future — the way we imagine the future — are directly related to the way we perceive the present, and it affects, as inputs that ‘inform’, the process of decision-making.

The specific meta-framing focus adopted is what UNESCO has called “Futures Literacy”, or the capacity to use the future. This is an inter and transdisciplinary approach, that adopts complex thinking frameworks and anticipatory systems theory, and which focuses on cognitive, emotional, and action processes, linked to learning, creativity, change, and decision-making. Watch Transforming the Future and Project: the gender perspective of transformative learning methodology in LATAM and the Caribbean.

Lydia is also a Member of RIBER (Red Iberoamericana de Prospectiva) where she is promoting the study of foresight in Latin America and the impact of new technologies such as longevity, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and others.

Lydia was an invited speaker at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Futures Conference 2022 and Organizer of the 2nd World Summit of the Committees of the Future 2023. Read Second World Summit of the Committees of the Future.

Since 2011, Lydia has been Researcher in the area of Innovation, Sustainable Development, and Social Inclusion at FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), Uruguay, Member of the Consejo Sectorial Bio Y Nanotecnologia, and Director of the Laboratorio de Futuros, Uruguay. Read Foreign control of nanotechnologies through property rights. The case of Uruguay and Uruguay, un país entre-dos tiempos: un pasado glorioso y un futuro incierto.

In 2013, Lydia authored and published Políticas locales contra el racismo, la discriminación y la xenofobia en Latinoamérica y el Caribe.

Lydia graduated in Anthropology from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay.

Read Transformative anticipation: covid-19 and the future. Read Evaluating and improving the use of the future for identifying and choosing dynamic opportunities: narrative report.

Visit her LinkedIn profile and her ResearchGate profile.