Conversation with a Futurist? It hurts your brain, and so will this post
During the ASCD12 conference in Philadelphia I attended a session with Futurist, Watts Wacker. He began the discussion by saying that he did not come to answer questions, but rather to ask them. He immediately had my attention. Then he began to speak, and I tried my hardest to keep up. Here is the stream of conscious notes I took. In order to develop deeper understanding I took the notes, and separated them into 5 parts. I also worked with a mind-mapping genius to bring the text, and concepts to another level. I hope it hurts your brain like it did mine.
Part 1 of 5
Guess what happened? While we were all sleeping Big Brother happened! Have you read the book 1984 by George Orwell? Who would have thought that it actually came into being? And we bought it? No, it was not imposed, we chose it, and pay for it month after month. Did you know the city of London tapes everything? There are cameras throughout the entire city. No matter where you go a camera has its lenses focused on ….You!
We are in the 5th age as humans. Some people think that we are still in the age of information but according to Watts that has already come and gone.
First, there was the hunter gatherer age. We traveled great distances on foot looking for our food, water, and survival. Then we had the agricultural age. We learned how to plant our food. This lead us into the industrial age where we attempted to maximize our output and products in a way that would keep costs down. Then we did a quantum leap into the information age. Technology boomed during this era, and humans needed to simply understand how this impacted them, but as the technology developed one thing became certain: uncertainty. Which lead us into this new, current age of uncertainty. In this age there is no box. The only thing that is constant is change.
Also, there are 7 generations on the planet at the same time. This has not happened in the history of the world. Is this a good thing? Stay tuned for part 2.
Mind Map for Part 1 (Click to enlarge)
Mind Map Resources
ASCD 12 Virtual Resources: http://ascd.social27.com/ASCD/ASCD_Home
Watts Wacker’s web site: www.firstmatter.com
Joseph Kony: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kony
Kony 2012: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kony_2012