Responding to the ‘global emergency’ or the ‘megacrisis’

I’ve just added a new section to the site.

It introduces five recently produced clips from a mid-2012 conference session in Toronto. The material may be useful to anyone wishing to review approaches to what, by any measure, is a vast and immeasurably challenging topic (but, I would argue, one we can no longer afford to ignore). It also acts as a kind of ‘marker in time’ that identifies the point that an extended conversation between Michael Marien, William Halal and myself had reached. We were also fortunate that Thomas Homer-Dixon was available to participate. If you only have time to view one clip, I suggest you look at his since there are few people anywhere with his depth of understanding and knowledge.

2013 Bird Calendar

As promised we’ve produced a new bird calendar for 2013 – the front and back covers can be seen below. I’m also part-way through writing a two-part article for the Birds Australia Southern Queensland bird photo group on the topic of Why photograph birds? When finished I’ll add it below. Also included here are two pages of notes on this year’s images.

 

Notes on 2013 bird calendar (To open click here)

 

Asia-Pacific Foresight Conference

This is the long awaited third conference organised by the Australian futures / foresight community and it takes place next month in Perth on November 16 to 18. Themes include sustainability, descent futures, city futures and Asian regional futures. For further details please click on the link below.

Overview of Asia-Pacific Foresight Conference (To open click here)

 

Biggest Wake-Up Call in History Wins APF Award

The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) marked its 10th anniversary with a series of events in Toronto during late July, most of which I attended. Among them was an evening get together in the Distillery District during which time a number of awards were presented. One of these was a Most Important Futures Work (MIFW) for my 2010 book, The Biggest Wake-Up Call in History. In the book I reviewed the global predicament, some of the strategies proposed to address it and possible ways forward in what look like increasingly impossible times. (Further details are in earlier posts; about a dozen reviews can be found on the Foresight International site, where the book can be purchased.)

The relevant award category was ‘published works that analyse a significant futures issue.’ The other publication thus honoured was Tim Jackson’s stimulating Prosperity Without Growth. It is indeed an honour to be recognised by the APF and to share the limelight, as it were, with such a ground-breaking work. The award may, in turn, make it a little easier to work toward a second edition and mainstream publication. Sincere thanks are due to all those who were involved in this year’s selection process.

 

Toronto Resources

As part of the preparation for WFS and APF events in Toronto at the end of July, I’ve gathered together a number of resources that are relevant to sessions I’m taking part in. There are obviously other resources on the other three sites I administer, but I thought it useful to assemble some of the most relevant items in one place. They are filed on the Toronto Resources page under: Education Bootcamp, APF, ‘Megacrisis’ session, Bio and Other Items.

Culture Jamming and Street Art

This is the title of a new section. Over time I’ll be adding images and commentary on these two fascinating and closely- linked subjects. If you’re at all interested in either I hope you’ll enjoy the result and perhaps take a little more time next you pass some unexpected work on the street.

2012 Bird Calendar

As a change from my more serious work on futures here are the front and back covers of my 2012 calendar. This is the second year I’ve produced one. Currently they are not for sale. Next year, however, I’ll be taking orders from September or October for the 2013 one. Watch this space for further details.

Notes on 2012 Bird Calendar (To open click here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaping the Future Video from 1996

I’ve just put links to two clips of this short video from 1996 on the Futures in Education page, along with an introduction and paper that tells the story in a little more detail. Briefly, I was involved in designing and implementing a new upper secondary school subject called Futures – Personal, Social, Global. The subject was successfully trialled in a number of Queensland schools and the early evaluations were positive. But then the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies (BSSSS) was reorganised and, somewhere in the shuffle, the new subject was abandoned.

I invite you to look at the clips, read the short paper and arrive at your own conclusions.