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Peter Bishop reflections on Futures Education featured in Compass Magazine - September 2022

Updated: Dec 18, 2022

This is a dialogue about the responsibility of today’s foresight professionals in sharing foresight with the world – especially our youngest citizens. In a world that is dramatically shifting and changing, there may be no more important duty of foresight professionals than in teaching the future to the next generation.

"I would like people to understand that it’s just as important to teach about the future as it is to each about the past. I imagine educators in 2080 or so asking, “And just why didn’t you teach about the future? You were doing it for your clients. Why not for young people in school?” - Peter Bishop -

In this interview Peter Bishop not only reflects on 40 years of Foresight Education, but also taps into possible futures of Foresight education.

  • The global pandemic has disrupted eduction, but more change is needed to rethink the content-heavy approach that doesn’t prepare graduates for life and work in this century very well

  • we need more people to think critically and to develop long-term thinking.

  • We incorporate history into the humanities and other subject areas. Why can’t we include thinking about the future in those same subject areas?

Teach the Future has developed the Young Voices Network with four specific programs encouraging youth from ages 12-25 to participate. These include:

  1. an awards program for ages 12-17;

  2. a course on foresight and leadership;

  3. an opportunity to submit scenarios about the future;

  4. a chance to participate in an intergenerational dialogue on World Futures Day–Young Voices on March 1 of each year.

We are welcoming organisations to support teach these future programs so if you feel you want to contribute feel free to contact us, visit our donation page or become a partner.


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