The work of imagining alternate futures is also about re-casting alternative pasts, as is done in the award-winning novel, ‘Washington Black’ by Esi Edugyan and adapted for the screen by podcast guest Selwyn Seyfu Hinds.
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Stories about alternative worlds can be a powerful way of critiquing the problems of our own world.
Adil Najam, international relations professor at Boston University, interviewed 99 experts about what the post-pandemic future will bring.
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There’s no going back to normal after COVID-19, partly because our pre-pandemic world was anything but normal.
As modern medicine improves, so too does our ability to stave off disease. But can we overcome the most inescapable of afflictions - old age? Researchers around the world are trying to find out.
When we are imagining this time, next year, are we limiting our thinking to how we avoid the conditions we faced in this summer? Or are there bigger questions we can ask?
‘Futuring’ can help us survive the climate crisis. And guess what? You’re a futurist too.
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When think about this time next year, are we freaking out, or are we futuring?
Public libraries can use their status as community hubs to engage the public in scenario planning for the future.
We commonly think of libraries as repositories of knowledge accumulated over centuries. But the public library also connects people in ways that can enable communities to plan for their future.
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Long-term climate modelling may appear to focus on the impossibly far future. But the full impact of some climate processes won’t be apparent for centuries.
The rules that protect our liberty were drawn up at a very different time. It’s time to get back to the drawing board.
Visions of the future, from the early 20th century.
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A transcript from a segment of The Anthill podcast about the futuristic visions of Filippo Marinetti.
Smart cities work on developing a shared vision of their preferred future.
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Smart cities do more than develop products to increase productivity and prosperity. Mayors, CEOs and leaders engage entire communities in shaping the future of cities.
In this episode we look at historical visions of the future and how accurate they were, the future of work, and what it's like to predict the future for a day job.
Umberto Boccioni’s Charge of the Lancers.
War got the futurists noticed and earned them new respect.
Geelong is working on a long-term vision to ensure a bright new day dawns for the city.
Greater Geelong’s ‘Our Future’ is a process of involving industry professionals and the community in the development of a long-term vision for Victoria’s second-biggest city.
How people conceive of their city’s future is important in shaping how the city’s future unfolds.
With foresight, we can steer our cities closer to the future we want instead of the futures we fear.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ (1563).
While translation technology has improved dramatically, there are some significant hurdles.
Time is in our hands, more than we realise.
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We were promised hoverboards by 2015 – ain’t gonna happen.
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