Living Futures is a long-term initiative to build awareness of the most important challenges affecting humanity, and our personal roles in shaping the societies of the future.
We see human activity, especially within the areas of business and finance, design, media, art and computing, as being interconnected and not separate from each other or the natural world. It is our responsibility as a university to examine our own activities and inspire action that supports future generations to build a society that is socially just, ecologically sustainable and culturally rich.
The activities and initiatives carried out by Living Futures draw inspiration from the university’s core values, and find ways to make them a living presence in the lives of our staff and students.
The Annual Theme
Annual themes allow us to focus on particular aspects, and think about how to overcome some of the world’s critical challenges together. The PCU community engages with the annual theme through projects, events, conferences and more, in order to illustrate, change current practice and inspire future action.
Students are encouraged to be creative, and come up with innovative ideas, to connect with those from other fields of study, local community and external experts. The annual theme culminates in a presentation at the end of the year with awards given for the best work in engaging with the theme.
2018/2019: No Time to Waste - overcoming the challenges of waste, and creating imaginative solution for a cleaner world, as we look towards a more sustainable future.
2019/2020 Facing Change - considered not just environmental challenges, but also political and social changes that might impact our long-term well-being.
2020/2021 Coming Together - building resilience and creating a sense of community regardless of location, in order to support each other and initiate positive action.
2021/2022 - Be the Change - personal growth, development and reflection after two years of immense change.
Living Futures Staff and Student Representatives
Office for Sustainability
Working towards a sustainable future is a core value and mission at PCU. The Office of Sustainability comprises one member of staff and one student representative, who set an annual plan with goals for the University to achieve. Initiatives to develop awareness of the topic of sustainability are supported and developed across the university. Finally, research and teaching help to inform solutions to challenges at PCU and in the wider community.
Office for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
Prague City University is proud of its diverse student body, staff and teaching faculty, composed of members of over 80 countries and national groups who identify with numerous communities. The role of the Office for Diversity, which also comprises one staff member and one student representative, is to embed diversity and inclusion within the institution, fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all and provide recommendations for nurturing and growing that diverse community.
Read our Facing Change 2019-2020 year in review article here.
Read about our Top 10 No Time To Waste article here.
Read about our Graphic Design student's illustration challenge that tackled some of the hard-hitting topical events in 2019.