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.
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