MDes Strategic Foresight and Innovation, Ontario College of Art and Design, Expected 2018
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
Young Diplomats of Canada, Canadian Delegate
Center for Engaged Foresight, Philippines, Researcher and Foresight Practitioner
UNESCO, Knowledge Laboratory Participant
Future-Oriented Technology Analysis Conference, Brussels, Conference Participant
TEDxUNC, Conference Design Co-Chair
Lucky 8 TV, New York City, Production Intern
Badenya, Sierra Leone, Independent Filmmaker
Ariana is a thinker, problem solver, writer, optimist, creator, dreamer, baker, hiker, runner, environmentalist, story teller, skier, designer, and sunflower enthusiast (in no particular order).
September 2017, Ariana began attending the Ontario College of Art and Design's MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation as her next step toward building better futures and facilitating systems-level transformations through crisis.
Ariana is a proud Canadian-American who grew up moving all over the U.S. and Canada before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead-Cain Scholarship.
At UNC, Ariana earned a bachelor’s degree in “Culture, Creativity, and Theory,” a unique interdisciplinary focus she developed to complement her interest in how people approach and understand problems. These studies culminated in an honors thesis about the role constructive and generative visions of the future play in building global resilience in times of political, social, economic, and even spiritual crises. She also minored in (and fell in love with) creative nonfiction writing.
During her studies, Ariana had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, to travel to Sierra Leone to film a documentary about how indigenous people conceptualize the future, to lead workshops with UNESCO in Paris, and to facilitate other workshops on the future of sustainable cities in the Philippines. She also traveled to Istanbul as a Canadian delegate to the Y20, the youth complement to the annual G20 summit, where she represented the voices of youth in global issues. She speaks conversational French and Italian.
Ariana is on the hunt for her next project, collaboration, or story. Say hello!
Check out my recent guest blog about my creative project to spread optimism and joy:
Futures with a Future: An Introduction to the Positive Futures Movement
We are as Gods
Developing a Curriculum for the Discipline of Anticipation: The Six Pillars Approach Philippine Center for Foresight Innovation and Education
An Illustrated Guide to the World in 2052