Futures Literacy

We use the future every day. We predict, fear, hope and dream and we plan and strategize. These anticipatory systems shape our actions today, but we have not yet learned how to use the future (Miller, 2018).

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Futures Literacy

We use the future every day. We predict, fear, hope and dream and we plan and strategize. These anticipatory systems shape our actions today, but we have not yet learned how to use the future (Miller, 2018).

Futures Literacy, developed within UNESCO, is a capability that offers insights on how we approach unforeseeable challenges by using the future to innovate the present (Miller, 2015). When we only use the past and the present to approach the future, detecting novelty becomes problematic. By expanding the ways on how to use the future, we can integrate complexity in our choices.  

One approach to acquiring these skills is through Futures Literacy Labs. These learning by doing/action-research workshops enable participants to reveal, reframe and rethink the assumptions they use to imagine the future. Since the future doesn't exist and is unpredictable in itself, we are only capable of examining our anticipatory systems, the systems that help us make sense of the present.  

 

 

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Futures Literacy

We use the future every day. We predict, fear, hope and dream and we plan and strategize. These anticipatory systems shape our actions today, but we have not yet learned how to use the future (Miller, 2018).

Futures Literacy, developed within UNESCO, is a capability that offers insights on how we approach unforeseeable challenges by using the future to innovate the present (Miller, 2015). When we only use the past and the present to approach the future, detecting novelty becomes problematic. By expanding the ways on how to use the future, we can integrate complexity in our choices.  

One approach to acquiring these skills is through Futures Literacy Labs. These learning by doing/action-research workshops enable participants to reveal, reframe and rethink the assumptions they use to imagine the future. Since the future doesn't exist and is unpredictable in itself, we are only capable of examining our anticipatory systems, the systems that help us make sense of the present.  

 

 

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