|March 1st, is World Futures Day.
This is the eighth year that futurists and the general public are conducting round-the-world conversation on the future on March 1st.
The Millennium Project, a global foresight participatory think tank, hosts this conversation on the future in collaboration with the Association of Professional Futurists (APF), Humanity+, UNESCO’s Global Futures Literacy Network, the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF).
Here are some reflections by Contact North I Contact Nord on the Future of Learning in Colleges and Universities.
They are speculative and offered to generate an open dialogue.
“The future is rarely a straight line from the past.”
As we celebrate World Futures Day on March 1st, let us pause a moment and ask: what futures are possible and what future would we prefer when it comes to post-secondary education and training?
We will not return to college or university in Fall 2021 as if nothing happened in 2020-2021. The pandemic is one of those rare moments when we all recognize the world changed and we cannot go back to pre-pandemic times.
As the novelist, Karen Slaughter observed, “Forever never lasts as long as we had hoped”.
THE FUTURE IS WHEN THE PAST CHANGES
During the last year, 10 cracks in social and economic structures were exposed, including (not listed in any particular order):
So, the future will not be a straight line from the past. Indeed, as the futurist Heike suggested, “the future happens when the past changes”.
IMAGINING A DIFFERENT FUTURE
What kind of future can we imagine for colleges or universities?
A great many are writing and exploring these questions. But there is a need to recognize that there are five features of the landscape of the future that will determine the future pathways for these important institutions:
10 FEATURES FOR THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
What might be the dominant features of a different future for colleges and universities as they seek to “build back better”? These 10 developments are likely to emerge as shaping the future of learning beyond school.
These developments require focused, courageous, and compassionate leadership at all levels in our governments, colleges, and universities.
To build back better requires the spirit of collaboration and a genuine engagement in seeking a different future.
As Gandhi observed, “The future depends on what you do today”.
|CONTACT NORTH | CONTACT NORD THE FUTURE OF LEARNING IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES|