from the personal to our communities to the world....
Step One: the personal -- individual goal statements.
We are imagining the world as "the best it can be" for 2033 (30 years
out). State three (3) social, cultural, or civilizational "achievements"
that you would like to see realized 30 years from now. Bring your
new futures expertise (I.e., everything you've learned/thought about
from reading your coursepack to date) to bear in the most hopeful
and optimistic mood you can summon. BE VERY SPECIFIC, CONCRETE, and
DAY-TO-DAY. I.e., rather than "peace on earth and an end to violence,"
state those goals in meaningful, personal terms, such as "anyone can
walk anywhere, anytime, and feel totally safe."
We will briefly share these with each other; you might want to take
the opportunity to build on ideas you have heard to amend your own
Step Two: Individual Visions
With your goal statements in mind, you will now step into the world
of 2033 - a 2030 in which all the goals you wrote down, thirty years
ago in 2003, have been achieved: all your best hopes for the future
have been realized.
Close your eyes; breathe
in slowly.... now breathe out slowly.
Again: in....... out........
Imagine yourself to awakening from a deep and refreshing sleep;
you find yourself lying on your back in soft grass on the crest
of a hill. You feel sun on your face; looking up, you see blue sky
and clouds moving. The breeze smells fresh, like meadowflowers.
Sitting, you realize you are on the crest of a hill. Nearby you
see a hedge -- there is an arched, white gate in the hedge. You
walk up to it, put your hand on the latch, lift it, and pause --
anything could be on the other side. You push, and walk through
the gate into the morning of (fill in with approprite day/month)
You look down the hill,
and realize that it's true: every goal, every hope you had for 2033
has been achieved. 2033 is so different from 2003! What do you see?
Hear? Smell? You walk down the hill, further into this changed world.
What is a day in 2033 like?
Look for demonstrations
that this world actually represents a way of life that incorporates
your goals of thirty years ago. What are people doing -- the children,
the elderly, the middle-aged, the men, the women? What kind of household
groupings do you find, what kind of buildings; what is the physical
environment like? Can you identify neighborhoods? Are there cities?
What kinds of occupations do you see people following? Can you tell
how community decisions are made, how people travel, make connections
across distances? How do people of different ages learn new things?
How are conflicts and differences handled? Is anyone playing? How
do they play?
REMEMBER: You have brought
your best hopes with you.
Draw, diagram, write
or otherwise represent a summary of your vision on the piece of
Step Three: from individual to group...
Share your vision -- SUCCINCTLY!!! [We don't have a lot of time
with others in your group. Move quickly through the sharing, and
LOOK FOR SIMILARITIES ACROSS ALL THE VISIONS IN THE GROUP. Next,
LOOK FOR UNIQUE DETAILS IN EACH VISION that, while not shared, EVERYONE
ELSE ADMIRES/LIKES/WANTS TO INCLUDE. WRITE THOSE DOWN; your group
will be sharing BOTH categories of detail with the class as a whole.
Do any real conflicts or contradictions arise when comparing your
individual visions? In any specific area [values, government, economy,