Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future
Futures Studies as it has evolved since the early 1970s is both a discipline and a meta-discipline. It is a set of skills and applied methodologies that can be learned—in impressively diverse ways—and it is a dynamic way of coming to understand the world that is practical and empowering. As Alvin Toffler wrote in 1974, “A focus on the future is relevant to all learners, regardless of age.”
For this special report, we called for essays from futurists who have experienced futures education, be it in a K-12 class project, a professional certificate program, a workshop, or a full degree program. We received an overwhelming response from students, educators, and several people who have been on both sides of the learning and teaching experience.
We hope readers will continue to share their experiences with us—and with tomorrow’s futures learners.
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May 4, 2015 - Should this be a surprise to anyone who has studied radiation and its impact on living things? Conventional propulsion and shielding technologies will not cut it on a six-month voyage through Deep Space to Mars.
May 3, 2015 - Back on April 27th I wrote a posting entitled the Colorado River Flows to Sea of Cortez as U.S. Southwest Deals with Drought.
May 1, 2015 - The divestment movement that began in American universities, progressed to include Rockefellers among its successes, has now won over the
May 1, 2015 - Time to come clean. A few days ago I wrote a sneak preview of Tesla's upcoming announcement about a home battery to use with solar rooftop panels. Well I couldn't have gotten my information more wrong.
April 30, 2015 - My wife and I rent a condominium. We cannot install solar panels as a result. And when you consider our apartment uses electric heating, and the bills we have received this winter, I would love to see solar panels sprouting on the property.
April 29, 2015 - The world is increasingly urbanized. In the past six decades the population of the planet has shifted with more than half of us living on less than 1% of the global land area - cities. These urban spaces are the economic engines of human civilization and many are increasingly at risk because of declining access to freshwater.