Future studies, also known as
futurology or foresight, involves the
study of the past and present to make
educated guesse...
Studies
Globalization and advancements in
technology are driving changes in the
social, technological, economic,
environm...
Learners equipped with skills and
perspectives designed to help them
anticipate change and plan accordingly will
be bette...
Future Studies aims to identify
probable and preferred futures, which
are embedded in the universe of
possible futures. O...
The practice of studying the future is an ongoing process
characterized by five essential elements. These elements are:
 ...
When learners apply this systemic
foresight process to discern the universe
of possible futures, they gain a sense of
empo...
Understanding our Past
 No one can predict the future with any high degree
of accuracy. Indeed, if we know anything about...
With this understanding of the past it is possible to
see how the key trends shaping human society will effect
us over the...
Education has focused on past and
present: learning needs to expand to include
the future. After all, the future is the on...
The practice of studying the future:
 prepares learners for unexpected events
 develops an increased sense of responsibi...
 offers learners the opportunity to develop
attitudes and tools necessary for navigating
their rapidly changing world
 p...
The future is almost certain to be
dramatically different from the present.
Providing learners with tools and
perspective...
Future Studies
Future Studies
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  1. 1. Future studies, also known as futurology or foresight, involves the study of the past and present to make educated guesses about the future. The data gathered from these studies can be used to predict possible or probable future events or situations. It can also be used to design a way to reach preferable future conditions. Future Studies
  2. 2. Studies Globalization and advancements in technology are driving changes in the social, technological, economic, environmental and political landscapes at a rate and magnitude too great, too multiple to ignore.
  3. 3. Learners equipped with skills and perspectives designed to help them anticipate change and plan accordingly will be better prepared to thrive in a world characterized by rapid continuous change. Futures Studies offers learners a unique set of tools and perspectives, which empowers them to anticipate and prepare for our change-ridden world. Future Studies
  4. 4. Future Studies aims to identify probable and preferred futures, which are embedded in the universe of possible futures. Once these are identified, plans and activities can be formed to increase the probability of the preferred future. Future Studies
  5. 5. The practice of studying the future is an ongoing process characterized by five essential elements. These elements are:  Identifying and monitoring change: trends, emerging issues, events, cycles  Exploring implications for the future: what are possible first, second, and third order implications likely to flow from an identified trend, issue, event, or cycle  Identifying and describing the universe of possible futures: alternative futures scenarios  Identifying and describing preferred futures: visions  Planning and Implementing: identifying allies, stakeholders, resources, clarifying goals, devising strategies, organizing and creating change Future Studies
  6. 6. When learners apply this systemic foresight process to discern the universe of possible futures, they gain a sense of empowerment about the future and the role they play in creating better futures for themselves and for future generations. Future Studies
  7. 7. Understanding our Past  No one can predict the future with any high degree of accuracy. Indeed, if we know anything about the future at all, it is that the future will be very different from life today. So trying to understand the future by studying the past requires caution. However, it is still important to appreciate how ideas about sustainability have developed and how many people around the world have been promoting environmental, social, economic and political sustainability. Future Studies
  8. 8. With this understanding of the past it is possible to see how the key trends shaping human society will effect us over the next decade. Eight of these trends are:  Increasing cultural differences  Globalisation  Increasing gender equity  Advances in biotechnology  Religious revival  Rising environmental concern  Increasing poverty  Technology Future Studies Key Trends
  9. 9. Education has focused on past and present: learning needs to expand to include the future. After all, the future is the only time frame we have the power to influence. Integrating a futures dimension into education will help learners deal more effectively with long-range issues and will provide a framework to sift through the wide range of moral, ethical, and social issues they will surely face. Future Studies
  10. 10. The practice of studying the future:  prepares learners for unexpected events  develops an increased sense of responsibility toward the future and future generations  helps learners connect present choices, actions, and decisions to long-term consequences or outcomes  builds upon past understanding and present skills  empowers learners to see they have the ability to shape their futures Future Studies
  11. 11.  offers learners the opportunity to develop attitudes and tools necessary for navigating their rapidly changing world  provides opportunity for generative research  emphasizes research questions that require problem solving and decision-making  helps learners see that many aspects of the future are knowable  encourages learners to view the world systemically Future Studies
  12. 12. The future is almost certain to be dramatically different from the present. Providing learners with tools and perspectives to study the future will enhance their ability to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Future Studies

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