PEACE AND THE FUTURE (under construction)
I believe that there is a lot complimentary between the work (and challenges) of Futurists (working to build a better world) and Peacebuilders (working to build a more peaceful world). I think we can learn a lot from each other, and work together. This is a new section linking Peace and the Future.
I highly recommend becoming a member of the World Future Society, if for no other reason than to receive their Futurist Magazine (which is also available at major book stores):
THE WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY is a nonprofit, nonpartisan scientific and educational association with some 30,000 members worldwide. Membership in the Society, including a subscription to THE FUTURIST magazine and numerous other benefits, is just US$45 per year. For more information on the Society and all its programs, publications, and services, contact Membership Director Susan Echard, firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit http://www.wfs.org . There is an annual Futurist Conference and a Futurist Library that are highly recommended - you can access information from the web site.
As a result of our 'brainstorming' at the World Future Society Conference (San Francisco, July 2003) education breakout session, there seemed to be a lot of sense in broadening our consideration of peace education to 'education for peace and the future' (i.e. they are complimentary in that desired/better futures include a holistic peace). I know that I have found a lot that peace educators can learn from the futurists (and vice versa). I think our common interests and things like the Millennium Project, Societally Connected Systems Thinking, etc. exemplify this. And so I suggest that we consider broadening the appeal of peace education to 'education for peace and the future'.
Furthermore, because of our common interest and 'leadership' roles, I believe that the World Future Society should consider a Vision and Action Plan for Education for the Future - this is why I had suggested in San Francisco that there should be a substantial component of the next WFS Conference on Education for the Future in order to build consensus (and get diverse views) on a Vision and Action Plan - to move the WFS from just talk to action (Applied Future Education). I fully believe that ultimately the chosen Vision and Action Plan for Education for the Future will be complimentary to a Vision and Action Plan for Education for Peace - at the International level as well as in our respective countries. This will make for interesting discussions.
Futurism is a science. I believe that Peacebuilding must also become more of a science. More to come in the future;-)
Future Studies Resources and Web Links
Journal of Futures Studies
IAIR International Journal of Futures Studies
Four Urgent Requests from Future Generations by Allen Tough, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. What if future generations themselves were able to speak to us? Just what would future generations say to us if they could? If they had a voice today, what would they ask us to do for them? You can also read Allen's book "A Message from Future Generations" online at http://members.aol.com/allentough/fg.html