My passion for futures thinking began when I was 19. I was a student, working on weekends and holidays to fund my teacher training. One Saturday an American visitor started a conversation with me, a conversation about aspirations for the future. During my lunch hour he presented me with a book that has continued to impact me throughout the decades. That book was of course, Future Shock.
The following Reflection from the Future is a provocation for equity of access to digital technologies for our rangatahi, our young people. It is intended as a thought piece to create a conversation, not as a blueprint for the future. It’s important to be thinking about this now though, as schools step forward to onsite learning once more. There is an opportunity right now to think differently. It requires us all to work together. What happens in 2025 depends on what we do now.
Like many, I have been wondering what the future might hold. I am inundated with ideas, resources and online meetings and with this comes the need to sensemake. I like to sit back and draw on some of the credible sources of information and then synthesise by writing and connecting ideas. This post is my synthesis of a recent discussion paper, The Future is Now: Implications of COVID-19 for New Zealand released in April 2020 by Koi Tū. In this article, written by Sir Peter Gluckman and Dr Anne Bardsley, there were some key themes that stood out for me.
In these times of unprecedented change we oscillate between making sense of the here and now and considering new possibilities for change. For those of us in Christchurch, Ōtautahi we have experienced nearly a decade of these oscillations, with earthquakes, fires, the mosque terror attack and now a pandemic. We have moved from crises that are localised to those that impact us on the global stage. There is no ‘new normal’.
This article is a summary of reflections from Ross Hall following the WISE Summit in Doha in December. I have published this with permission and look forward to the many conversations that will be generated following the Roundglass Learning Summit this week. Thanks Ross, Roundglass and the global weavers who are exploring holistic ways of learning and wellbeing.
The Future of Learning conference 2019 is now over but the real work is yet to begin. At the end of the conference I challenged people to #acceptthenudge and to take action. After attending a conference it is important to percolate ideas, to follow up with new relationships and to dig more deeply into areas of particular interest. If we all make one small positive change we can gain collective momentum. So here are some of the links to my conference notes and presentations. I hope they jog you into action…