ERIC Number: ED193139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Challenge of the Future: Visions and Versions.
Conboy, William A., Ed.
This book presents background information and approximately 40 articles on various aspects of the future. It is intended for use as a textbook and/or reader in advanced high school or college level future studies courses. The objectives are to help students of the future examine major problems and issues and to encourage them to devise new models for living together in a single global system. The hypothesis is that social and technological changes have accelerated to the point where people will have to develop new problem solving strategies. The document is presented in five major sections: 1) The Dynamics of Change (comparison of past and future economics, society, and morality; perceptions and hazards of change), 2) The Quantity Quandaries (expansion versus conservation, scarcity versus plenty, the information explosion), 3) The Web of Complexity (global cooperation, adaptation of human systems to the environment), 4) The Magnitude of our Achievements (technological advancement, opportunity, power structures, terrorist control of power), and 5) The Expectations Explosion (changing values, global needs, social change). Each section is divided into chapters which contain an issues section (conceptual base and broad overview of the topic) and a case studies section (essays, newspaper clippings, journal articles, and excerpts from books). Examples of case studies are "What Has Posterity Ever Done for Me", Robert Heilbroner, "The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth," Kenneth E. Boulding, "Tokens of our 200th," Erma Bombeck, "Toward Global Interdependence," Kurt Waldheim, and "Skeptics Deluded by Myth of Abundant Resources," Anthony Lewis. (DB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computers, Creative Thinking, Economic Development, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Overpopulation, Physical Environment, Prediction, Problem Solving, Quality of Life, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Indicators, Social Studies, Social Values, Sociocultural Patterns, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Values, World Problems
Independent Study, The University of Kansas, 645 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044 ($7.95)
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Div. of Continuing Education.