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Title: History of the Future

History of the Future
  • Introduction

What is Futures?
  • This course is called History of the Future
  • 1. What do you think that means?
  • What are your expectations for this class?
  • 2. What topics/ideas are you hoping to learn

Future Studies
  • Future Studies is
  • The systematic study of and preparation for the
    future both societys and YOURS!
  • The future can be difficult to comprehend because
    it is so uncertain
  • We will consider
  • Futures which are possible
  • Futures which are probably
  • Futures which are desirable

Future Education
  • Future education encompasses a wide range of
    subject matter
  • history, economics, government, geography,
    sociology, psychology, biology, ecology,
    technology, etc.
  • We study the world holistically systematically
  • We consider open-endedness
  • We research major issues of today
  • https//www.youtube.com/watch?v0u0EUFUL9ZA

  • In this class, we will consider that
  • Social systems exhibit continuity change occurs
  • The similarities between societies/cultures are
    more similar than different
  • The study of the past (causes/effects) can
    facilitate an understanding of things to come
  • Society changes to move toward goals

Central Concept
  • Trend Extrapolation
  • This term will be a core concept for Futures
  • 3. What do you think it means?
  • Definition A forecasting technique using
    statistical methods to project the future pattern
    of events

Central Quote
  • Consider the following quote
  • We study the past to understand the present and
    prepare for the future
  • 4. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?
  • Consider your life is this applicable? Explain
  • Consider the world is this applicable? Explain

Why does it matter?
  • There are numerous worldwide problems/crises gt
  • War, pollution, population pressure, lack of
    adequate food/water, living space, etc.
  • By analyzing issues such as these, we can begin
    to plan prepare for the future

  • A Futurist is a person whose occupation or
    specialty is the forecasting of future events,
    conditions, or developments. In addition, they
    are dreamers - they think and act ahead of their
    time, even if that means going against
    traditional values or assumptions in society.
    Futurists can be artists, poets, engineers,
    scientists, philosophers, explorers.ANYONE who
    has a dream. Futurists way to success is often
    through perseverance they see criticism as a
    stepping stone rather than a roadblock, and are
    not afraid to follow their hearts and dreams.

  • Walt Disney was a Futurist
  • Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists
    today are opening the doors of the Space Age to
    achievements that will benefit our children and
    generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions
    have been designed to give you an opportunity to
    participate in adventures that are a living
    blueprint of our future."
  • Walt Disney

  • Although Disney is not alive today, his
    visions/dreams live on. The left photograph is
    the entrance to Tomorrowland in 1996 while the
    one in the right is the same entrance in 2006.
    How much can change in only 10 years?

Walt Disney
  • Walt Disney was a film producer, director,
    screenwriter, voice actor, animator,
    entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon,
    philanthropist. Disney is famous for his
    influence in the field of entertainment during
    the twentieth century. As the co-founder (with
    his brother) of Walt Disney Productions, Disney
    became one of the best-known motion-picture
    producers in the world. The corporation he
    co-founded, now known as The Walt Disney Company,
    today has annual revenues of approximately U.S.
    35 billion.
  • Disney was an innovator in animation theme park
    design. He and his staff created a number of the
    world's most famous fictional characters
    including Mickey Mouse. He is the namesake for
    Disneyland Walt Disney World Resort theme parks
    in the U.S., Japan, France, China

  • 6. Make a list of 5 futuristic thinkers or ideas
    that you know about or have experienced in your
    lifetime. WHY are these people futurists? WHY
    are these ideas futuristic?
  • - Rank them 1 5 (1 being the most
    forward-thinking futurist/idea)
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