You know that the metaverse is a hot topic, a heap of hype right now don’t you? I’ve made it my goal to find out what the heck the metaverse is all about – my own personal learning journey for the year. Join Futures Aunty meets the metaverse on YouTube to learn more.
March 1st was World Futures Day. Whoop – what an important celebration in our increasingly complex world. For the last nine years the Millennium Project has coordinated a 24-hour, round-the-world conversation. Aotearoa New Zealand was first off the ranks and Ōtautahi Futures Collective joined the celebration!
This is a list of favourite futures writers, researchers and doers who have influenced my thinking this year. I have called them ‘favourites’ because they represent my personal lens on futures rather than being ‘top’ on some sort of artificial list. I love compiling these each year as they become my holiday revision and refreshment for all stuff futures. Now to sit down and get them read again!
COVID has brought new opportunities in the education space. Recently I completed a chapter focused on the future of equity in higher education – I wondered what this would look like in a post-pandemic world. I quickly realised that, even with my futurist experience and diverse connections, I could not speak for all in the equity space.
In complex uncertain times it is easy to focus on the negative, to be swept away by media hype and the polarising conversations of social media. Yet these times demand that we explore ways in which we can work together to reframe the future. Our use of language, the narratives in our heads and those we share shape us, our culture and the future we weave as the human race.
This post is the third of a series on digital equity. It considers how we might use the model of digital equity created in the first of the digital equity series to identify what was happening in the digital ecosystem.