Practical Futuring

Alex Wright
Dec 16, 2017 · 10 min read
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Zastaki, “Workers at the construction site of the future” (source)

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.

– Fyodor Dostoevsky

What does it mean to do “meaningful” work? According to a recent MIT study, most of us find meaning in our professional lives in highly individual and idiosyncratic ways: one person’s tedium is another’s labor of love. Yet those who report finding meaning in their work seem to share a common trait: They perceive their work as “self-transcendent,” contributing to society in a way that matters to others more than it does to themselves.

  • You’ll get exposed to new thinking about alternative economic systems
  • You’ll come away with tools to help you integrate long-term thinking into your work life
  • Also, there will be snacks ;)
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  • How can an internally focused program of research avoid the consumerist trap of self-improvement? How might we connect systems-level thinking with inner reflection?
  • How could I further deepen my understanding of educational theory (for example, applying Vygotsy’s Zone of Proximal Development model) to make this curriculum more effective in the long term?
  • Give the long-term, planet-scale concerns of transition design, how could an educational program like this create opportunities for incorporating the concerns of future generations who currently have no voice in the design of systems that may well affect their quality of life down the road.

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