Possible Futures

July 14, 2013

How much time do you spend thinking about the future? Oh sure, you’ve probably got plans for the weekend, maybe you’re looking for a new job or thinking about how your kids are doing in school.
    
But how much time to do we spend – as a nation, a global community – thinking about what our lives might look like in 50 or 100 years. 

Are we building the future we want?

  1. Future Homes - Mitchell Joachim

    It’s 2055, a regular weekday morning… Where do you wake up? With a booming population and more people moving into urban areas, chances are you’d be living in a city. But what might that city look like?
    Mitchell Joaquim is an architect, and one of the founders of the innovative design group, TerreForm1.

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  2. Future Jobs - Erik Brynjolfsson

    So your future self’s woken up at home on this weekday in 2055. Time for work, right?

    But what kind of work? With America’s old industries sagging, what kind of jobs will we do?

    To tackle that question, Steve Paulson sat down with MIT management professor, Erik Brynjolfsson.

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  3. Future Food - Jonathan Foley

    Agriculture already shapes the globe. With food insecurity growing around the globe, the unpredictabilities of climate change and population growth booming... what will we eat in the future? 

    Jonathan Foley heads the Global Landscape Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. 

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  4. Future Families - Stephanie Coontz

    And what about our social future? Family life has seen a lot of change in the past 50 years. What might the future hold?

    Professor of history and family studies, Stephanie Coontz weighs in on the forces shaping American families.

    You can also check out her recent New York Times articles about the true history of American families and working mothers.

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  5. Eduardo Galeano on "Children of the Days"

    In all this talk about the future, we should probably remember that the past repeats itself. 

    That’s one themes that runs through “Children of the Days,” the latest book from the lauded Latin American author, Eduardo Galeano.

    You can also listen to the extended version of Steve's conversation with him.

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  6. Jim Reads Galeano

    If you heard some of Jim's readings from lauded Latin American author Eduardo Galeano's "Children of the Day" and want to hear more, voilà!

     

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