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Education's Achilles Heel: Unlocking The Dilemma of Difficulty
Dee Dickinson, Margaret Gayle, Rick Smyre and Bob Stott
Four educators discuss why current movements fostering educational change are not enough, and announce the formation of a Transformational Learning Meta-Network.

Futures Studies: Preparing Learners for Success in the 21st Century
Sandra Burchsted
The how and why of futures studies.

Learning Society of the Future: Questions to Consider
Dee Dickinson
Today, everywhere in the world people of all ages are asking how educational systems can be transformed into ones truly appropriate for our time. How can people of all ages learn how to learn, unlearn, and relearn? How can they develop skills to deal with complexity and challenges that have never before existed? How can schools that were created for another time meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students? Can schools alone meet these needs? In considering these questions, Dee has us look at new possibilities for individuals, learning communities, and an emerging global learning society.

On Searching for New Genes: A 21st Century DNA for Higher Education Rick Smyre
A key challenge for the future will be to rethink many aspects of how we create learning experiences so that graduates will be prepared for a different kind of society, one that is constantly shifting, interdependent and increasingly complex.

The Future of Learning in a New Free World and How to Build a World Wide Learning Web
Gordon Dryden
New Zealand author of the New Learning Revolution notes that millions of teachers and billions of students continue to work mainly in isolation, yet in today's world of instant communication, collaboration is essential in order to make the most effective changes.

Education 2050
Dee Dickinson
This essay on the future of education appears in the new book, Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century, edited by Marianne Williamson.

Social Artistry
Jean Houston
One of the world's great educators and director of the Foundation for Mind Research advocates a new type of leader that can deal with the complexity and chaos of today's world.

Education for the Third Millennium: Looking Back From 2050
Hazel Henderson
An economist's view of what education may be like in the future.

Summary of the report Global Consciousness Change
Duane Elgin with Coleen LeDrew
Duane Elgin, author of The Awakening Earth has conducted an inquiry based on existing, comprehensive surveys. The inquiry was organized around five thematic areas: Is the global communications revolution fostering a new global consciousness? What is the extent of humanity's global ecological awareness and concern? Is there a shift underway toward "postmodern" social values? Is a new kind of experiential or firsthand spirituality emerging? Is there a shift underway toward more sustainable ways of living? Read two excerpts from a study guide produced by The Fetzer Institute, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, The Brande Foundation, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and The State of the World Forum.

Vision of the Future
Jean Houston
An article by Jean Houston about imagining and creating change.

Asking the Right Questions
Charles Johnston
When culture is relatively stable, the average person doesn't need to give big picture questions much attention -- we appropriately relegate them to philosophers and the like. But in times of significant change and challenge, the situation becomes dramatically different. The big picture comes to have ultimate practical importance. This is particularly so for educators. Education in such times is about teaching for realities that barely exist, and that often we barely understand. If we are not deeply attentive to the big picture, what we do in the classroom will be at best irrelevant, at worst a violation of the sacred trust that education is ultimately about. Asking the right questions can begin the inquiry process, helping people identify the often unconscious threads with which -- for good or ill -- we are weaving the fabric of the future.

Democracy In A Learning Mode
Rick Smyre
The author describes how electronic systems can be implemented by educators to help foster a 21st Century approach to democracy: A Knowledge Democracy that is a Direct Consensus Democracy.

An Ohio Champaign Aging To Be New
Dave Faulkner and Rick Smyre
Champaign County, Ohio's economic development director and the president of the Center for Communities of the Future explain how a Big Idea was developed to create a learning community that combines cutting edge communications technology, transformational leadership, and cultural transformation.

Transforming the 20th Century Mind: The Roles of a Futures Institute
Rick Smyre
As progress accelerates, reality changes . . . increasing the strain on traditional ideas until the dam of convention breaks, and we are left with apparent chaos. Our institutions are struggling to deal with today's complex issues. Most of traditional ways no longer work. Of all the changes occurring, none is greater than the change in context of our society. Rick Smyre looks at rethinking how we think.

The Worm Hole of Generative Dialogue
Rick Smyre
Communicating on a deeper level can only happen if we stop thinking of dialogue as a linear progression which ends with a winner and a loser.

Out of Chaos: Finding Possibility in Complexity
Sarah van Gelder
Sarah van Gelder explores the power of creative thinking in times of rapid change.

What I Learned in the Rainforest
Tachi Kiuchi
In a keynote address to the World Future Society, Tachi Kiuchi, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, General Manager of Global Communications, Former Chairman and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric America, and Chairman of The Future 500, shares lessons he has learned about the link between the environment and the emerging information economy. He outlines five lessons learned in the rainforest that can benefit everyone as we change our institutions to meet the needs of a changing world. As he says in his talk,"I learned how we might operate our company not just to save the rainforest, but to be more like the rainforest."

The Last Taboo on Television
Duane Elgin
The last taboo topic on television is television itself -- and how it is profoundly biased toward high consumption ways of life that the earth cannot sustain. Futurist Duane Elgin maintains that by programming television for commercial success, the television industry is also programming the mindset of civilizations for ecological failure. He proposes using television in new ways to encourage people to contribute creative and positive ideas and for our planet's future.

The Club of Rome: A Learning Organization?
Dr. Jim Botkin
The Club of Rome is an international think tank which became well-known in the early 1970s for its report entitled The Limits to Growth. Limits, translated into nearly 30 languages and over 4 million copies sold, was part of the fledgling environmental movement. Since its publication in 1972, the Club of Rome has commissioned more than a dozen reports - among them No Limits to Learning - but none attracted attention so widespread as its first one did. People not familiar with the Club assumed it had ceased functioning, particularly after the death of its charismatic founder Aurelio Peccei in 1984.

Peace is the Only Gold: A Global Education Initiative
Marilyn King
Beyond athletics-- another major function of the Olympic Games.

Reinventing Living:

New Beginnings - Dee Dickinson
Not Lemons, But Apples - Darlene Hughs Axtell
Marilyn King: Realizing Olympic Achievement - Dee Dickinson
Renée Fuller: Realizing Human Intelligence - Dee Dickinson

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