Prepare Students for Tomorrow by Teaching the Future Today

Teach the Future is an initiative to establish futures thinking as a natural component of secondary, post-secondary and professional education.

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As an established discipline in major universities and businesses around the world, don’t you think it’s time to teach the future in secondary schools and colleges?

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We need support to make futures studies a reality. Join the community, share your futures experience, support our efforts financially and open discussions on futures thinking whenever you have the chance.

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We see an education system that teaches futures thinking to secondary and college students as a routine subject. Our goal is to provide support and resources to at least 1,000 educators actively teaching futures thinking in their classrooms.

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Educators are the critical component of Teach the Future. We need teachers actively teaching the future and sharing their experiences. Our curriculum materials will be maintained under Creative Commons license, and made available for free so that others can actively teach the future in their classes.

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We are dedicated to establishing futures thinking in schools, teaching the future as we do History, English, Science and Math. We need to develop course materials to do so. Teach the Future is raising funds to support the work of teachers this summer, to develop lesson plans to be used in classrooms everywhere. This course work will be shared with others to foster the application of futures studies in secondary school and colleges around the world. Your donations will directly support the efforts of these educators, teachers teaching the future. Together we can change the future. Together we can teach the future like we do the past.

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Teach the Future is a movement, a fundamental shift in the way we teach and think about the future in schools. Teach the Future includes educators, practitioners, professionals, researchers, students, supporters and friends of futures studies in the classroom. And, we need you.

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I have just connected with an amazing group of people who call themselves Communities of the Future (COTF). COTF is the life’s work of an old friend in the futures community, Rick Smyre from North Carolina. Rick is a former executive (and maybe owner) of a textile company who began a quest to infuse new and revolutionary ideas into economic and community development 27 years ago. He assembled a group of like-minded individuals to discuss, figure out, and influence how communities can learn from and adapt to the fundamental changes going on in the world today.

That was 1989. Now in 2016, he and 25 to 30 of his colleagues assembled, I believe for the first time, to discuss the transformation of COTF itself, what they call COTF 2.0. Rick has been the guiding star, the inspiration, the hub, the guardian and the pater familias of this familia for all those years. To his credit, he asked his friends and associates to gather to form a new COTF, one in which he is still involved (we all hope), but of which he is no longer the center. My words, not his.

I’ve known Rick for many years. We bumped into each other once in a while, mostly at the annual meetings of the World Futures Society. I’ve attended his presentations there and read some of his papers, but I didn’t get it. I thought COTF was a movement or an organization with a structure, an agenda, goals, strategies, etc. I attended this meeting because I wanted to put Teach the Future on that agenda. My message, going in, was, “Shouldn’t a community of the future be teaching its young people about the future?”

Yes, but what I found was so much more. Rick believes in self-organizing communities and networks of good, smart, interesting, and experienced people who (somehow) will produce something remarkable for their communities, the country and perhaps for the world as a whole. He takes his belief in the power of networks to the extreme—no goals and objectives as we usually think of them, no agenda beyond a desire to introduce a new way of thinking to the world, no organization at all. Relationships, relationships, relationships. There’s a heavy dose of magic in that belief, but the people he’s assembled are truly remarkable – economic and community developers, educators, business people, you name it.

I made some excellent contacts with far-sighted educators who are deeply committed to transforming the educational establishment as we know it, of which teaching the future would be a small, albeit important part. But if there is a group that just might, JUST MIGHT, live up to Margaret Mead’s observation,, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

If you are interested in transforming communities, creating real change and hanging out with a remarkable group of people, check out Communities of the Future….
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Join Teach the Future and donate today.

Teachers need materials to teach the future.  They were not taught how to do this while they were in school.  In fact, none of us were.

So our primary strategy is to pay teachers a modest stipend to develop effective and easy-to-use teaching materials and to put them into other teachers’ hands as a free download.  We just completed a successful fundraising campaign, and your contribution will allow us to develop even more.  $100 buys us a new learning activity; $250 a new lesson of 1-2 days, and $350 a whole new unit.

As a token of our appreciation, we will send you some great Teach the Future material – lapel pins, decals, calendars and books.  If you donate $500 or more, we will coach you or a teacher you designate on how to include futures thinking into their teaching.

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  • Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. Indeed that is the only way it happens.

    Margaret Mead
  • In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

    Eric Hoffer
  • Our future may lie beyond our vision,
    but it is not completely
    beyond our control. 

    Robert F. Kennedy
  • Learning is the only sustainable
    competitive strategy in a
    turbulent environment. 

    Arie de Geus
  • To expect the unexpected
    shows a thoroughly
    modern intellect. 

    Oscar Wilde
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    Get your starter kit and get involved.

    Interested in incorporating futures thinking into your classroom or school? Not sure where to start? Teach the Future knows you have lots of questions about making this happen. We’ve dedicated our efforts to supporting teachers incorporating futures thinking into their classrooms and have developed some preliminary course material to get you started.

    These starter kits, designed for secondary and college educators, provide some easy-to-implement steps towards getting your students thinking and engaging in the future. And this is just the beginning.

    Our hope is that you’ll use these materials as a jumping off point to develop your own materials to share with your colleagues. As we grow, we’ll share additional course materials, provide you a means to share your own material and send you regular Teach the Future updates.

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    Sign up today to receive your starter kit and join our growing community. We’ll share additional course material, provide you a means to share your own insights and send you regular support and Teach the Future updates.

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    Communication is integral in this effort and we appreciate hearing from you. We also want you to hear from us. Using our site contact forms will include you in Teach the Future email distributions.