If you have taught, administered, or participated in a futuring course or program, THE FUTURIST magazine would like to hear from you! For its September-October 2014 issue, THE FUTURIST will compile articles, essays, and resources on the teaching and learning of futurism.
We recognize that practicing futurists come from a variety of backgrounds and perform many different types of work. We’d also like to hear from you if you are a professional futurist who did not receive formal training.
The essays (approximately 500 words) should be about personal experiences and recommendations. Please include a description of the program you are writing about, whether it is a master's degree program or a unit about the future in a K-12 class.
Note, this is not about using futuring techniques to improve schools or education. It is about the study of the future itself, including the use of a “futures filter” in other fields. Bottom line: What would you like to say to students, to teachers, and to program developers about the future of studying the future?
Deadline: April 14, 2014. Manuscripts should be in Word (no PDFs) and e-mailed to Cindy Wagner, cwagner 'at' wfs.org, accompanied by a brief About the Author note and complete contact information (both physical mailing address and e-mail, please).
STARTER QUESTIONS: Should “futurism” be a unique discipline to train members of a profession (like “economist” or “physicist”), or should it be for everyone, incorporated into every other field of study?
Should there be a certificate for “professional futurists”? What skills should be included for certification?
How might such skills be applied to other fields of study?
What is the best (most effective and efficient) delivery system for the study of the future? Lectures, labs, practicums, apprenticeships, MOOCs, webinars?
What resources do you find most useful?
Why did you choose to study the future and/or the methodologies of futurists?
What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your experience studying the future?
Is there one particular technique you find most useful for thinking about your own future? What about the world’s future?
What would you like to have covered in your course but didn’t? Why wasn’t it covered?
For professional futurists:
If you did not go through an academic program, how did you obtain your skills and qualifications as a “professional” futurist?
How do you believe a “professional futurist” should be defined?
For more details about writing for THE FUTURIST, please review the writers’ guidelines posted here.
Essays and comments posted in World Future Society and THE FUTURIST magazine blog portion of this site are the intellectual property of the authors, who retain full responsibility for and rights to their content. For permission to publish, distribute copies, use excerpts, etc., please contact the author. The opinions expressed are those of the author. The World Future Society takes no stand on what the future will or should be like.
Free Email Newsletter
To sign up for Futurist Update, our free monthly email newsletter, enter your email in the box below and click Save.
When my wife and I downsized we left our satellite dish and satellite TV behind and went back to cable because that's what was available in the building where we have our apartment. We are not alone in abandoning this technology. Homes that were early adopters of satellite TV can have enormous dishes sitting in backyards or rigged on to poles projected above the roof line of their homes.
I don't know about you but I've been wearing prescription glasses since I was seven years old. I've tried contact lenses several times and given up on them. I've contemplated laser vision correction but have been told that my astigmatism would make it less than effective.
The dot-com bubble caused a market crash in 2000, a housing bubble almost brought down the global economy in 2008, and today's gushing excitement over new US oil and gas discoveries could also prove to be a bubble that is likely to collapse about 2015 – a "carbon bubble."
Climate change is threatening the credit rating of nations. Standard & Poor's has indicated that the credit ratings of 128 nations are at risk. S&P sees climate change as a more challenging problem than the changing demographics of our human population from aging in the Developed World to surging population in Developing Nations.
Without the ocean Earth would be a pretty inhospitable place even though we lie within our Sun's Goldilocks Zone. Those of you who live by the ocean can probably figure out why that is the case. You see the ocean is a temperature moderator and a heat transport mechanism that evens out the climate across the planet.
The horror of 298 lives snuffed out by a missile is reverberating around the planet this week after last Thursday's downing of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777. How could missile technology meant to shoot down warplanes get used to destroy a civilian aircraft?
I remain skeptical about the economics of industrial technologies for carbon capture. Almost every project started has been heavily subsidized by government. But for the operators without government subsidy there seems to be no return on investment. First of all, all existing industrial carbon capture technologies are expensive to implement.
On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels, titled “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with their darkest secrets to subversively cause chaos and disruption for the American government.