Hidden Assumptions that Limit Foresight and Other Education

by Dave Stein


Asks noted futurist and educator Peter Bishop (2008), “The future hasn’t happened yet, how can one teach it?” Other educators in foresight studies have likewise recognized the challenge of preparing learners for a future – indeed for possible alternative futures – that have not yet happened. In response to this challenge, various methodologies for “teaching the future,” and for incorporating foresight perspectives into existing courses, are in use and are evolving, and this is an encouraging sign. Common to many of these methodologies is the use of exercises that teach participants to think beyond straight line extrapolation, indeed in terms of wild cards.(continue…)

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