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Making Sense of the Future
In Futures Thinking in Education
Making Sense of the Future
In Futures Thinking in Education
Making Sense of the Future
In Futures Thinking in Education
Making Sense of the Future
In Futures Thinking in Education
Making Sense of the Future
In Futures Thinking in Education
Callum
Jan 06, 2022
@Rick Szostak @Rick Szostak (and Peter), l loved the “stopped buying green bananas” statement and thankyou for the essay. When l was 50 l heard a radio program about lucid dreaming and until then l just thought everyone did this and had no reason to even mention it. When ever l close my eyes l start to slip into the future and being able to understand consequences and outcomes seems well developed in humans and gave us a great evolutionary edge. l thought everyone could close their eyes and imagine, influence and recall in great realistic detail the use of computers, writing songs, playing music, playing out conversations, constructing and inventing things. l naturally did this and for decades l through myself into my work as a health inspector and guest lecturer on water science. I get a good 2 hours of lucid dreaming every night and l hate to think how many unpaid hours could have gone on my time sheet! Over the years l became increasingly concerned about the health of my community, government and the health of the planet. I went back to first principles and started working on my own solutions and experimenting on myself. You are both right about the perils of history and science education that the penny can drop and the student be crushed by despair as we push against the limits of what nature and human nature will tolerate. l looked with interest at the tiny house movement in the USA coming out of necessity financial crisis. Some saw them as cute and romantic, rebellious and nomadic. I saw these as a potential step into the future. I decided to dream up my own even smaller tiny room version l could store in my shed and roll out through my fruit and vegetable garden that started to take on a special shape around the room. Attached is an early computer design with a circular track, a few side views and the latest proposed additions to a real photograph of what l have assembled. My version had to be cheap to fit in the family budget and was built around an old trampoline. It was so old the stitching sometimes gave way and fired off a spring disturbing my sleep and throwing open the upsetting possibility l could soon be falling to the ground below. What l have come up with is a ground based spacecraft full of various life support systems l keep adding to help me and the planet. Many of these l have not assembled yet and l look forward to what others devise as well on this new platform of life. l assembled it around a bed for dreaming and this was important because a bed it is really easy to dream you are in a bed when you are in a bed. l used to dream the ceiling was not there and l could look up into the stars. When you know the stars are out then it is full on Dreamtime. I also could dream two big doors opened in the wall behind my head and pushed me out into my special garden. I have been thinking about writing a kids story book about this to help them to control their dreams and their nightmares. Parents might even have a role in participating in an illusion that the bed can move when the child’s eyes are closed. There is no reason my moving room could not be scaled up to accommodate a whole chairs and tables class room on tracks through a special garden all grown, assembled and managed by the occupants and their community. Students could then feel they had arrived in the future, a bit of science fiction without the fiction. A platform from which not to have many of life’s burdens when starting out and opening up even more human progress opportunities. For me it was an incredible experience dreaming about something, making it then falling asleep in it then dreaming about it some more and then waking up inside the dream with ideas each time to add more. l hope you like this new bit of human and assembled universe l have started to explore and open up. My guess is kids would really respond well and to this place and potential futures. It would be a fun place to live and learn and many would start making up their own at home or elsewhere in the playground. Obviously there are significant safety issues to consider but these are potentially much safer for occupants and the planet - that is the whole point!
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Our Climate Crisis, Stories
In Young Voices
Callum
Dec 21, 2021
A song about our climatic trajectory... Hot Path by Climate Max (Lyrics and first chorus actions representative of bare feet on hot concrete) 1. You might remember, From your childhood. The grass between your toes, It’s where you stood. Step on a hot path, You scorch your feet, You learn a lesson that, You don’t repeat. Chorus: A. And you say, Ew, Ee, Ew, Ahh (x4 lifting feet!) 2. Slow motion, Emergency, Our little planet’s, Got the “hots” you see. And it’s the likes, Of you and me, Setting lots of, Greenhouse gases free! Chorus: B. (extended) Hot water, driving a car. Air conditioner, flying so far. House heating, refrigerator. Industry & Agriculture. (trombone moo) And we say, Ew, Ee, Ew, Ahh (x4) (with pleasure) 3. Decision maker’s, Stagnancy. Questions pile up, Precariously. Find the right question, Then wait and see, And the answer it will, Usually be. Chorus: C. And they say, Ew, Ee, Ew, Ahh. (x4) (holding chin with uncertainty and with rapidly changing lack of eye contact) 4. Slow motion, Emergency. Our little planets, Got the “hots” you see. It comes back to likes, Of you and me. Now rollback Greenhouse, And be free. Chorus D. (happily!) And we say, Ew, Ee, Ew, Ahh. (x4 or more (Plus a few monkeys !) 5. Rising prices, And refugees. Big bush-fires, More frequently. Floods appear, Where deserts should be. We’re losing species, Pre-discovery. Chorus: E. And they say, Ew, Ee, Ew, Ahh. (x4)(monkey around) 6. Slow motion, Bureaucracy. Not responding, To the “stats” they see. End up bringing, In the military. No one wins, If we all cook thoroughly! Chorus: F. And we say, Ew, Ee, Ew, Ahh. (x4) (Pretend to bite off each finger on a hand and chew for 4 beats in silence)
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