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Forum:  January 22, 2015  – –  Topic:  Personal Futures

For discussion:  Personal Futures – There have been many discussions about changes in the world around us – but how will all that external change affect us personally, and our family unit?  Watch this space for a possible announcement about a guest speaker, and for a list of readings to help lay the foundation for conversation on this intimate topic.

We look forward to seeing you and pursuing a unique discussion at this meeting of the Columbus Futurists!

 

New Futuring Resource:

The field of “big data”  is fascinating because it not only involves some of the newest of new technologies, but also promises to be the root of  broad scale change in field it touches.  Participating in those changes – and their benefits – requires first that countries around the world have access – starting with access to the most basic tools like the Internet and broadband, high-speed communications.  The World Economic Forum has assembled a detailed look – country by country – of the quality of their Internet and communications technology.  The report is free and and very accessible.  If you are interested in this field – the report will provie a wide range of detail for your analysis.

The Global Information Technology Report 2014  (The report is free and downloadable in print and PDF.)

Thanks to Chuck Coutellier for this link!

Make note:

Scheduled meetings for 2015  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room,875 Bethel Road):

  • Jan 22, 2015 – Topic: Personal Futures
  • Feb 19, 2015 – Topic: Education:  A review of 21st Century Skills.  Are these adequate?  What should be added or taken away?  Are skills enough?  Is there a content for the 21st century?
  • Mar 26, 2015 – Topic: Economics:  What are the implications of the disappearing Middle Class?  What can be done?
  • Apr 23, 2015 – Topic: The Arts in American Society:  In an age of decreasing resources where does support for and funding of the Arts fit into American life?  Should these be supported by the public?  If so, how?
  • May 21, 2015 – Topic: Columbus 2044:  What can we project, 30 years out?
  • Jun 18, 2015 – Topic: The Future of Wikipedia: Perhaps one of the greatest social works of the Information Age – can it be sustained?
  • Jul 23, 2015 – Topic: Demographics: The last of the Baby Boomers turn 50 in 2014.  What are the implications of this – negative and positive?
  • Aug 27, 2015 – Topic: tbd
  • Sep 17, 2015 – Topic: tbd
  • Oct 22, 2015 – Topic: tbd
  • Nov 19, 2015 – Topic: tbd
  • Dec – no meeting
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