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Celebrate Futures Day on March 1 & 6!


Futures Day is a worldwide theme day aimed at sparking global, national and local conversations about the futures people around the globe desire and fear. Teach the Future supports Futures Day because it is a fun opportunity to create awareness about futures in schools. Futures Day aims to make possible futures more visible and strengthening individuals’ future awareness. Join the world’s largest conversation on futures. Officially Futures Day is celebrated on March 1, because this is a Sunday and most schools will be closed, the celebrations in several locations are moved to Friday the 6th of March. Start your own local initiative or join one in your neighborhood, country, region or a global one.


Materials to stimulate conversations in your classroom during Futures Day can be downloaded in various languages (English, Finish, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Persian, Arabic) over from the Teach the Future Library. These materials are developed by the Finnish Team of Finland Futures Research Center, Tulevaisuuskoulu, Futures Specialist Helsinki and translated in various languages by the Teach the Future community members.




Teach the Future has local hubs in 16 countries worldwide and counting. Here's a sample what some of our local partners are organising on Futures Day: - Finland: Our partners in Finland are always very active in celebrating Futures Day. This year they will convene a council for the future in which everyone is invited. The task of the council is to stretch their futures imagination and envision desirable futures or utopias. They published a simple tool for building your own desirable future (also in English). Like to join? You can! More info on their activities over here. - Greece: Our Greek partners will have a special event in a high school on the 28thof February. And of course are disseminating their Greek Futures Day materials - USA: Our friends at California State University, East Bay, will play a forecasting game. Good luck Lonny! - Canada: At Huron University the future of air travel will be the topic. This day they will be covering the industry, which makes it easy to add the long term future into the mix. They are also discussing life cycles, so the future of obsolescence will also be discussed. Enjoy Jan! - Italy: Our partners in Italy are working with 100 students for three days with a school in Milan; immerse them into the future world. Also interested check with Impactscool. Want to organise an event on Futures Day and need some inspiration. Take a look at this overview of last years' activities in various countries.



Teach the Future is also collaborating on a 24-hour round the world conversation hosted by the Millennium Project, a think-thank of futurists, in collaboration with the Association of Professional Futurists, Humanity+, UNESCO’s Global Futures Literacy Network, World Academy of Art and Science and the World Futures Studies Federation. Beginning March 1st in New Zealand at 12 noon (February 28th 6 pm Washington, DC time) the global conversation will begin and move each hour to the next time zone. You can sign in via Zoom at 12.00 noon your time to join a local conversation. This year we will also have an additional stream via another Zoom, in which we will discuss issues with young people! Looking forward seeing you there!



Let us know about your classroom initiative and use #futuresday so we can add it to the list and publish it via our site and social media channels. Mail us for questions, suggestions, your activities on Share any pictures, videos, boomerangs and so on with us please, we love to see what's happening on March 1st or 6th at your part of the earth.

Thank you for collaborating on Futures Day!



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