I'm developing a course on Future Societies. I'm curious re experience of colleagues re the linking of historical materials and reflections on the future, explicitly or implicitly.
The foci will be:
1 Arriving at the present moment: the making of the 21st century
2 The Anthropocene: climate change, biodiversity loss, planetary boundaries, resilience, and deep adaptation
3 Global governance: the nation-state, transnational corporations, and civil society
4 Technology and innovation: Moore's law, the fourth industrial revolution, cultural lags, and institutional challenges
5 Human nature: perception, cognition, social identity, culture, and citizenship
6 Critical literacy: Big data, privacy, individual autonomy, and manufacturing consent
7 Measuring progress: Regenerative capitalism, the circular economy, and doughnut economics
8 Smart cities: population growth, urbanization, imigration, and the meaning of work
9 International security: food insecurity, social instability, and access to natural resources
10 Individual choice/collective action: Carbon footprints, consumption patterns, investment decisions, political engagement, and human rights.
from: http://www.revilo-oliver.com/Writers/Klages/Man_and_Earth.html), the "Deep Ecology Platform" (1984--http://www.deepecology.org/platform.htm), and excerpts from congressional hearing available in McKibbins' The Global Warming Reader.I do draw too on Schumacher's "Buddhist Economics" essay, though I haven't assigned that, and some of the media fol-de-rol surrounding Bjorn Lomborg, climate change, capitalism, etc.; I haven't asked students to read any of that, but I think it might be a great way to discuss "how do we make it from here to the future?"On innovation, the WIPO Statistics Database I've found a great source: https://www.wipo.int/ipstats/en/BTW, the text I use is my own, The World in the Long Twentieth Century, which however doesn't include any of this material, except some reference to Klages and Arne Naess . . . though there are some recommendations in the teacher's manual e.g. re: democracy and inequality. The last chapter offers some ways of thinking about where things might be headed based on long-term trends.Sounds like a great course! EnjoyEdward DickinsonUC Davis