Assignment 2: sign of the times

[2] SIGNS OF THE TIMES

The goal of this assignment is to begin to notice forces that shaped the past, present, and hypothesize how the future might be shaped by such forces. Students are asked to critically unpack forces linked an example from their past.

Alternative futures.

From today to 2050.

Early signs: the future is here now, just not evenly distributed.

Future signals.

Benchmark goals.

Forces of change.

 

Video references

https://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_rifkin_on_the_empathic_civilization

What ideas does Jeremy Rifkin differentiate changes in human consciousness throughout history?

How did communication change from over time to current times?

How does empathy play out in the different times?

How does technology change how empathy plays out in different times?

What are some

https://www.ted.com/playlists/85/what_does_the_future_look_like

 

Reference books

Bell, W. (1997). Foundations of futures studies. human science for a new era 1. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction.

Bell, W. (2003). Foundations of futures studies: human science for a new era. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers.

Schwartz, P., (1996). The art of the long view: paths to strategic insight for yourself and your company. New York: Currency Doubleday.

Sharpe, B., Van der Heijden, K., (2007). Scenarios for success: turning insights into action. Chichester, England; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Porritt, J. (2013). The world we made: Alex McKay’s story from 2050.

 

Project activities

  1. [What] Pick one pathway of change in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development for a design exploration.
  2. [Who] Who is affected by the pathway of change you identified (e.g., individual, group, family, organization, public policy, nation, world, etc).
  3. [Where] Identify “early signs” of the future that is relevant to your .
  4. What pathways of change in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development relate to the early signs you identified?
  5. Identify benchmark goals for 2050 in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development that are linked to your area of interest.
  6. How might intermediate goals and roadblocks by decade affect the domain you are working on?
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