Upcoming Events

Forums – Regular meetings – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road). Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!

Forum: March 22, 2018 (note the time and location change!)

Topic: “Continuing the Sustainability Conversation: Discounting the Future.”

The next Columbus Futurists monthly forum will be Thursday March 22 at 7:30 PM in Thompson Library room 165 on the Ohio State campus.  (Note the changed time and location)

Policies whose foreseeable costs and benefits are spread over long time periods—as they are in CO2 reduction policies—raise the ethical question of what we owe to future generations. But this question can be hidden behind the choice of a “discount rate,” a parameter used in economic analysis that allows for the comparison of the value of consumption occurring in different years. Even a low discount rate over a longer period of time can make the disvalue of future costs negligible in the present, thereby greatly privileging benefits to the present generation over costs to future ones. This panel will explore the economic and ethical questions raised by the use of a discount rate in long-term policy-making.
Participants include:

Also in Print: 

Columbus Futurists were profiled in a recent edition of the Columbus Dispatch’s special project CbusNEXT.  A reporter visited and reported on the November meeting (“Big History”) and interviewed convener David Staley.  Check out the story online: “Columbus Futurists gather to anticipate what might be ahead.”

Make note

Scheduled Meetings for 2017-18  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:00pm at the Panera Bread Co. community room, 875 Bethel Road):  (Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)

  • February 22, 2018 – Topic: The Future Without Net Neutrality (guest speaker)
  • March 22, 2018 – Topic: Discounting the Future (at 7:30 at Thompson Library, room 165)
  • April 26, 2018 – Topic: The Future of Humanity
  • May 24, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • June 21, 2018 – Topic: Air Force Science & Technology 2030 (guest speaker)
  • July 26, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • August 23, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • September 20, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • October 25, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • November 15, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • December 2018 – No meeting