Foresight Education has assembled an expert (futurists) and academic team to guide curriculum development, pilot class implementation, and design assessment and project evaluation. It draws from over 30 years of practice in foresight from the corporate, private enterprise and public sectors around the world. Foresight Education also imbues the framework for Aspirational Futures, a model developed by the Institute for Alternative Futures,which has been used to successfully guide organizations towards their preferred, and highly aspirational futures.
Over the past four-years, over 40 schools spanning the globe have applied Foresight Education within their pedagogical practices.
What is foresight education?
Foresight Education guides students through a rigorous approach to thinking—without limits – about alternative futures where the ultimate goal is to equip students with the skills to innovate solutions arising from future uncertainties. It engages their imagination and challenges them to consider ethical and moral implications so that they understand how decisions made today affect tomorrows. Along the way, students build their capacity for wisdom. They also learn new ways of thinking with open minds and open hearts.
Watch this short clip to learn about Futures Studies from a student's view!
Importantly, the aim of Foresight Education is to break free of boundaries and to explore all the possibilities for learning, thinking, creating and innovating. Foresight Education recognizes that there are many pathways to thinking about the future and dealing with uncertainties and therefore encourages teachers, students and everyone to explore their own pathways.
Foresight Education's curriculum guide provides examples for engaging in futures methods. It offers flexible programming -- which can be engaged in over any given amount of time -- a semester, a week, etc. It also spans subject areas and can be used within science, history, language arts, you name it!
Why do we need to teach it?
Learning how to think wisely about futures and their possible implications is a skill that transcends subject matter, lives beyond classrooms and can be used throughout a purpose-driven citizenry. Foresight Education is one method for experiencing applied wisdom. It provides students with significant opportunities to use their imagination in order to create products that are backed by evidence they have gathered and evaluated, and to challenge their assumptions through reasoning.