Marsha Rhea: Anticipatory Learning Strategies for Schools and Organizations

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Orienting learning toward the future can transform individuals, organizations and communities. In this interactive discussion, you will explore strategies to inspire learners to anticipate the world they want. Join with Marsha Rhea, Institute for Alternative Futures Senior Futurist, in identifying learning strategies that can help learners of any age develop the knowledge and skills to create a preferred future. In her new book exploring anticipatory learning for primary and secondary education, Anticipate the World You Want: Learning for Alternative Futures, she describes these four dimensions of a future-oriented framework for learning: Foresight ,Identity, Direction setting and Innovation A dinner presentation of World Future Society, National Capitol Region Chapter January 19, 2006 , 6 – 9 pm at Embassy Suites Hotel, Friendship Heights, Wash., DC

The World Future Society, National Capitol Region Chapter is pleased to welcome Marsha Rhea, Institute for Alternative Futures Senior Futurist, as the opening speaker for our popular 2006 dinner program. Marsha has identified learning strategies that can help learners of any age develop the knowledge and skills to create a preferred future. Marsha describes four dimensions of a future-oriented framework for learning:

· Foresight helps make sense of a changing world by analyzing what we need to know about alternative futures. Includes such learning strategies as exploring images of the future, environmental scanning, forecasting, brainstorming wild cards and creating scenarios.

· Identity takes into account what we believe about the world and ourselves. Includes metaphors, values, alternative cultures, multiple intelligences, learning style preferences, and emotional intelligence.

· Direction setting forges the learning of foresight and identity into decisions about what we want to create in the future and how we will do it. Includes appreciating prior learning, strategic issues, visioning, and goal-setting.

· Innovation explores the solutions we can create together. Includes, brainstorming, multidisciplinary learning, simulations, and experiencing context.

Marsha Rhea is a senior futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures, a nonprofit futures think tank with a 28-year track record working with nonprofits and governments. Rhea is the author of Anticipate the World You Want: Learning for Alternative Futures, published in 2005. She was an integral part of IAF’s research for the American Society of Association Executives Foundation and collaborated in writing Exploring the Future: Seven Strategic Conversations That Could Transform Your Association.

Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Friendship Heights, 4300 Military Road, Washington D.C.. (Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red line. Parking in garage and on street.)

Registration: At http://www.natcapwfs.org $34 non-members; $29 members; $25 students under 26. Advance paid reservations are strongly encouraged by COB January 17, 2006. Reservations may not be cancelled after that date, and no shows will be charged. Last minute registrants may pay at the door. Please contact Ken Harris with any questions or if you wish to pay by check at 301-657-3731 or harriskw@erols.com.

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