ERIC Number: ED054995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Report and Summay: Conference on the Geography of the Future.
The conference summarized in this document represented an exploratory effort concerning the role and objectives of geography, including its predictive capabilities in both studying and directing the future spatial organization of the earth as the home of man. Initial conference presentations by Ronald Abler and William Warntz helped focus attention on two of the key issues which repeatedly emerged during the 2 days of discussion: 1) Can man utilize his abilities for social and technological innovation in ways which will enhance the humanistic qualities of life? 2) How might we as geographers use our skills in promoting environments which are humane and, thus, economically and ecologically viable? Subsequent sessions were based upon the following issues: 1) What are the philosophical and methodological sources to be used in formulating the geography of the future? 2) What are the desired characteristics of future spatial organization, 3) Can we predict future spatial organization? 4) How do we train futuristic geographers and what is their role in policy making? 5) What are the likely settlement and mobility patterns of the future? 6) What is the future of this group? and, 7) What were the results of this conference? The major part of this document consists of succinct representations of the principle arguments advanced on these questions. (Author/JLB)
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Sponsor: University of Western Ontario, London.; Canada Council, Ottawa (Ontario).
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Note: The Conference on the Geography of the Future, Bayfield, Ontario, October, 15-18, 1970