What does Futuring mean to you?

Before I answer the above question, I wanted to share a website called ‘The Futurist’. I had to read a little more to understand the actual concept of futuring and wanted to share some material I thought was relevant this week.

“Futuring is an example of what I call “applied history,” or the use of historical knowledge and methods to solve problems in the present. It addresses the question “What happened and why?” in order to help answer the question “How might things be in the future and what are the potential implications?” Futuring, at least in a management context, combines applied history with other methods adapted from science, mathematics, and systems analysis to frame well-considered expectations for the future. This process will help us to make decisions in the present that will have positive long-term consequences. In the language of business, futuring is an aspect of due diligence and risk management.” (Millet, S. M. (2011, September/October). Five Principles of Futuring as Applied History. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://www.wfs.org/content/futurist/september-october-2011-vol-45-no-5/five-principles-futuring-applied-history).

Reference: http://www.wfs.org/content/futurist/september-october-2011-vol-45-no-5/five-principles-futuring-applied-history

Another interesting read was by Edward Cornish – Futuring – The Exploration of the Future. The author spoke about three specific lessons. “Lesson one is prepare for what you will face in the future. Lesson two expounds on anticipating future needs. Lesson three describes using poor information when necessary.”( Cornish, E. (2004). Futuring – The Exploration of the Future. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://www.aacc.edu/future/file/Futuring chap 1.pdf).

Reference: http://www.aacc.edu/future/file/Futuring%20chap%201.pdf

What I gather about futuring is that we must expect the unexpected. While we anticipate change within the future, we have to be mindful and think outside the box, as the future brings many ideas, new technologies and new advances. While we prepare for whatever the future may bring us, we as potential educators must be prepared for any new educational doctrine changes. We must be resilient and embrace the change, and as educators, support what our fellow educators bring to the table. We cannot be pessimistic without solutions or optimistic ideas. Something that comes to mind as a future graduate of education is that we have to be a member who is a part of the solution, and not the problem, unless the problem requires educators to test out the solutions at hand. If we lack preparedness, we embrace failure.

As we anticipate what the future may bring to us, we must cognizant that students, adult learners will change how they learn and we must be prepared for the different types of learners the future brings to us. Today we have a combination of several learning characteristics, which are visual, audio and kinesthetic. As future educators, we must be able to equip ourselves as well as our future students the opportunity to embrace different learning theories, technologies and opportunities. As future educators we must continue to refine and hone our teaching methodologies, styles and tailor them specifically to the student so that we can teach not only one student, but also many at the same time. Lastly, if what works is still working, lets not reinvent the wheel, rather continue to refine what is working to make it better, and continue gathering new evidence to weed out the problems within our solutions.


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