Enhancing Future Consciousness with cognitive tools: Technologies and practices Jonathon Richter, Ed.D. Center for Future ...
Future Consciousness is developed <ul><li>as a consequence of personal adaptation to the rhythm of goals and tasks that on...
 
Future Consciousness varies by: <ul><li>Task characteristics : linearity, complexity, novelty, coherence of engaged events...
Future Consciousness
One’s Future Consciousness develops through transactions… <ul><li>Events require future thinking - more or less </li></ul>...
 
Days add up to years, adding up to create habitual frames of temporal reference...   <ul><li>Cultural frames </li></ul><ul...
 
If we became aware of the impact of the designed world on our Future Consciousness... <ul><li>We could see how we affect p...
 
Future Consciousness-extending Environments <ul><li>Work rhythms with extended future foci </li></ul><ul><li>Active and re...
Future Consciousness  Personality variables <ul><li>Optimism </li></ul><ul><li>Capacities to Perceive and Reflect </li></u...
Event-based Future Consciousness <ul><li>Setting goals, committing to, and being successful at tasks that require a relati...
Future Consciousness can be extended somewhat by <ul><li>Engaging in tasks that will extend your FC in particular ways </l...
Digital impacts on Future Consciousness...  <ul><li>Technology as a driver of change and as a moderator on the human lived...
Technology as tool <ul><li>Can be used for a specific job or application </li></ul><ul><li>Well defined parameters, not wh...
Technology as context <ul><ul><li>Increasing instrumentality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing contingency </li></ul><...
Motivation and Goal-setting <ul><li>Technology as context:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Much knowledge work can be done via tech...
 
 
Motivation and Goal-setting <ul><li>Technology as cognitive tool: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspirational support </li></ul></...
 
 
 
Critical & possibility thinking <ul><li>Technology as context: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MUVEs, MMPORGs, Listservs, threaded d...
 
 
Creativity & Foresight <ul><li>Technology as context : modeling, MUVEs, MMPORGs, simulations, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Techn...
creativity
creativity
Planning and productivity <ul><li>Technology as context: Microsoft Office :)  </li></ul><ul><li>Technology as cognitive to...
Planning and productivity <ul><li>David Allen’s  Getting Things Done </li></ul><ul><li>... view your commitments by: </li>...
OmniOutliner Pro
 
Future-focused narrative <ul><li>Technology as context: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ePortfolios can provide a landscape for inte...
In the use of cognitive tools to enhance Future Consciousness <ul><li>Many parts, loosely joined </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li...
As goes the universe, so must go consciousness
May your future be bright and full possibility!
The Center for Future Consciousness [email_address]
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Enhancing Future Consciousness with cognitive tools: Technologies and practices

  1. 1. Enhancing Future Consciousness with cognitive tools: Technologies and practices Jonathon Richter, Ed.D. Center for Future Consciousness Eugene, Oregon
  2. 2. Future Consciousness is developed <ul><li>as a consequence of personal adaptation to the rhythm of goals and tasks that one repeatedly commits to in particular environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Because of a number of factors, some believe this capacity should be purposefully enhanced. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Future Consciousness varies by: <ul><li>Task characteristics : linearity, complexity, novelty, coherence of engaged events. </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental factors : cultural values, expectations, policies, standards, practices, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal variables : motivation, attention, goal-setting, commitment, work habits, etc. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Future Consciousness
  5. 6. One’s Future Consciousness develops through transactions… <ul><li>Events require future thinking - more or less </li></ul><ul><li>Contexts elicit future thinking - more or less </li></ul><ul><li>Repeated events and contexts create a milieu for or against future-focused thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>“ what is your temporal ecology?” </li></ul>
  6. 8. Days add up to years, adding up to create habitual frames of temporal reference... <ul><li>Cultural frames </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational frames </li></ul><ul><li>Familial frames </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal frames </li></ul><ul><li>Intrapersonal frames </li></ul>
  7. 10. If we became aware of the impact of the designed world on our Future Consciousness... <ul><li>We could see how we affect people’s FC through our policies, practices, and built environments. </li></ul><ul><li>We could intentionally alter the built environment to match the temporal frames we wish for; and </li></ul><ul><li>Even, perhaps, design whole systems to create Temporal Frames consistent with the FC that we need. </li></ul>
  8. 12. Future Consciousness-extending Environments <ul><li>Work rhythms with extended future foci </li></ul><ul><li>Active and regular personal goal oriented behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Future-focused communities </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking in a discipline that requires extended future consciousness </li></ul>
  9. 13. Future Consciousness Personality variables <ul><li>Optimism </li></ul><ul><li>Capacities to Perceive and Reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Goal Setting, Motivation and Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Virtuosity </li></ul><ul><li>Perseverance </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Foresight </li></ul>
  10. 14. Event-based Future Consciousness <ul><li>Setting goals, committing to, and being successful at tasks that require a relatively extended temporal horizon within relevant contexts. </li></ul>
  11. 15. Future Consciousness can be extended somewhat by <ul><li>Engaging in tasks that will extend your FC in particular ways </li></ul><ul><li>Immersing oneself in environments that encourage / require an enhanced FC </li></ul><ul><li>Developing psychological capacities for FC </li></ul>
  12. 16. Digital impacts on Future Consciousness... <ul><li>Technology as a driver of change and as a moderator on the human lived experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Modern technologies can be used as a cognitive tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Modern technologies can be lived in as an immersive environment. </li></ul>
  13. 17. Technology as tool <ul><li>Can be used for a specific job or application </li></ul><ul><li>Well defined parameters, not whole milieu </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for a </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scaffold </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instrument </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model or Simulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul>
  14. 18. Technology as context <ul><ul><li>Increasing instrumentality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing contingency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing proximity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing degree of abstraction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased demand on personal productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased demand on efficiencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased demand on response time from demand to delivery </li></ul></ul>
  15. 19. Motivation and Goal-setting <ul><li>Technology as context: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Much knowledge work can be done via technology today </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tasks can be designed and monitored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environments can have goal-setting embedded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An intentionally constructed future-focused milieu can be developed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human use can be monitored and presentation adjusted according to the level, degree, and/or quality of the input. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 22. Motivation and Goal-setting <ul><li>Technology as cognitive tool: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspirational support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback mechanisms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connections with supporting community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology as cognitive tool: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Futureme or Hassleme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>43 Things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LifeTango </li></ul></ul>
  17. 26. Critical & possibility thinking <ul><li>Technology as context: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MUVEs, MMPORGs, Listservs, threaded discussions, communities of practices, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology as cognitive tool: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Models, scaffolds, examples, simulations, problem-solving, concept mapping, and brainstorming tools </li></ul></ul>
  18. 29. Creativity & Foresight <ul><li>Technology as context : modeling, MUVEs, MMPORGs, simulations, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology as cognitive tool : Mindmapping, Cross-impact matrices, Drawing, Graphics, Scenario builders, STELLA, etc. </li></ul>
  19. 30. creativity
  20. 31. creativity
  21. 32. Planning and productivity <ul><li>Technology as context: Microsoft Office :) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology as cognitive tool: Blackberry, Palm, Cell phone, Outlook, OmniOutliner Pro, </li></ul>
  22. 33. Planning and productivity <ul><li>David Allen’s Getting Things Done </li></ul><ul><li>... view your commitments by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>task / project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>environment / context </li></ul></ul>
  23. 34. OmniOutliner Pro
  24. 36. Future-focused narrative <ul><li>Technology as context: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ePortfolios can provide a landscape for integrating your goals and the images that make up the story of your future consciousness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who am I? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who do I want to be? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How do I get there? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology as cognitive tool: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storyboarding, ComicLife, Blogging, Podcasting, Facebook, MySpace, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 37. In the use of cognitive tools to enhance Future Consciousness <ul><li>Many parts, loosely joined </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive framework </li></ul>
  26. 38. As goes the universe, so must go consciousness
  27. 39. May your future be bright and full possibility!
  28. 40. The Center for Future Consciousness [email_address]

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