INVESTIGATING AND FORMULATING YOUR TAKE ON WHAT THE FUTURE HAS IN STORE FOR THE GLOBE AND HUMANKIND, TOUCHING ON WHAT TO EXPECT, NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE MAKING, AND SOLUTIONS TO THE BIG ISSUES OF THE FUTURE.
The second period is also organized in 3 parts, each part 1 month duration, with a title pointing out directions for the studies of the month:
- 1st Month: Expectations for the future
- 2nd Month: New technologies shaping the future
- 3rd Month: From here to the future
Expectations for the future
The first month of Period 2 brings you into contact with all kinds of theories, programs, politics, expectations, predictions, science fiction, real science, and inventions – made by scientists, politicians, authors, economists, historians, philosophers, popular movements, religious groups, environmentalists, labor unions and think tanks – from the left, the right, and the center, from the sidelines, or from a solo position.
You will be; studying, meeting and interviewing some of the people in question, debating, questioning, formulating statements, thinking, and pondering, as you expand your understanding of the reasons and motives of the politics and agendas. You begin to conclude and make sense of it all; ending with your own well founded attitudes and expectations towards the future.
New technologies shaping the future
The second month finds the whole team, and each student, totally occupied and consumed with getting to grips with the newest and most advanced science of our time.
To understand the industrial age, knowledge about things such as how a diesel engine works, what electricity is, how nutrients are used in the body, and how a nuclear plant works, are a prerequisite for understanding the material world and the possibilities available to man and society. In the present post-industrial age the future is created every passing moment by scientists, doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, all over the world. New technologies are breaking down previous understandings of life, matter, and movement, and creating and introducing mind-boggling inventions and new insights.
We talk nanotechnology, gene technology, stem cells, futuristic and virtual communication systems, new understandings of electromagnetic waves, the newest space science, new materials, and new concepts of energy and energy production. In this month you study in detail to understand a new and future reality so as to get futuristic ground under your feet, and debate how new technology can be put to use in the world at large but, by The Poor specifically. What advantages it could bring, and which pitfalls to avoid.
You organize your findings about the advantages that new technologies could bring and what we might want to avoid and you produce exhibitions, lectures, articles and other products to spread your findings to others.
From here to the future
In the last month of the period the entire team and each Trio are in the creative mode. All of you are using what you have learned from the first five months of the program to generate your vision for the future.
Learning and training the techniques of dreaming, visualizing, creating new ideas, thinking out strategies, and making plans, the team acts and works like a think tank. You battle with the big issues of the present that project themselves into the future. You struggle with the big issues of the future that will not show in earnest before 2030 or 2040. You point to solutions for making city slums a thing of the past, and a highly modernized rural life a way of the future. You point to ways of engaging the youth as a progressive force in society. You create new global laws to stop wars for good. You define new ways and means of solving conflicts to prevent and resolve local disputes. You investigate new technologies and organizational forms to secure the basic needs of all. In short, you deal with the big global issues as if you and your teammates were running the world together.
Your statements, findings, essays, speeches, conclusions, exhibitions, and other materials and productions are used for a ‘Weekend of the Future’ held for friends, neighbors, allies, and people you have met during the last six months. With a ballast of new knowledge and insights, and a host of products to be used and developed in the months to come, you are ready for the next leg of the program.