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Featured in this month's newsletter:
Articles
Futurist Profile
        ■ Tanja Hichert is a South African futurist with
        specialised skills in scenario planning,
        facilitating strategic conversations and scanning.
        ■ JP Landman is a self-employed political and
        trend analyst.
 
Bibliozone
        ■ Collection of publications: Education
        ■ Alternative economics publications
 
Talk-@-tive
        ■ Future education quotes in Talk-@-ive.
        ■ Alternative economics quotes in Talk-@-ive.
 
Videophile
        ■ Videos on this month's theme: Education

Noticeboard
       
International Master’s Degree Programme in
        Future Studies, University of Turku
 
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A Utopian University
Ideas, Imaginations and JNU

Subverting the status quo, questioning the norm, demystifying mysterious social rules, challenging orthodoxy, and questioning modernity are some of the distinctive characteristics of JNU culture.

By Mammo Muchie, Noklenyangla, Mishra Rajiv and Sheikh Fayaz.


JNU has a campus full of green forest in the middle of New Delhi. Most of the staff, the students and guests stay in this unusual environment full of green trees and a variety of animals. This campus is like a world where different ideas can be expressed. Debates and dialogue flourish making all forms of ignorance, intolerance and dictatorship perish inside the campus. The nationalist versus ant-nationalism conflict was turned into a great resource for learning, daily lectures and debates. Knowledge was flowing like a river every day. It was truly special to witness this extraordinary JNU experience as a visitor from Ethiopia and South Africa (for one of us), as it has been very engaging for the rest of us as India’s emerging scholars.

In the pages of history, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and its formation provide many insights and answers related to the conception of JNU being a unique university and how it relates to Indian society with its identity. Spread over a vast campus of more than 1000 acres, JNU is housed in a lush green dense forest in the Aravalli hill range, with more than 200 bird varieties sustaining a birdwatcher's paradise, and also some other forms of wildlife.

The hidden beauty of the campus, however, lies in its distinctive admission criteria whereby students from all the nooks and corners of India are attracted irrespective of caste, creed, and economic status. Not only from India, but it has also enrolled students from more than 140 countries. This great student diversity makes JNU a microcosm of the world. It has not only fulfilled the much required intellectual duty for India but has significantly alleviated the disadvantage of downtrodden sections of India.

Read the full feature article.

Living IN Love. . .
e c o L O V Enomics Essentialised Love and Help Live!
by Joseph Edozien

All is One beneath; One Rootedness.

All IS Alive!

Thoughts and Tools for Living in LOVE:
ecoLOVEnomics is Living in Love on The Macrosocial Scale.

. . . removing impediments from us being who we really are . . .

People are Loving Creatures
designed for Living and Bonding
in Small Connections.

Small Communions are Living Trust Networks of Living in Love.

 
The Five Love Lives of Living in Love

(ecoLOVEnomics is Living Love-Based Economics)

I. The Foundation Principle of Living in Love:
If All WILL Give; Each SHALL Receive . . .

II. The Foundation Practice of Living in Love:
Give Freely and Abundantly! (Gift Whatever You Can and Will.)

III. The Foundation Orchestra of Living in Love:
The Spontaneously and Organically Self-Expanding
Living Love Commons of Cooperative Complementarities.

IV. The Foundation Operations of Living in Love: Giftings and Geftings.
1. Gift! (Give Freely and Abundantly to Your Living Love Commons.)
2. Geft! (Get Freely and Abundantly from Your Living Love Commons.)

V. The Foundation of Formation and Nurturance for Living in Love:
Gift to Form or Join and Nurture a Living Trust Network of Small Communions.

Read the full feature article.
 

Futurist profiles of the month


Tanja Hichert is a South African futurist with specialised skills in scenario planning, facilitating strategic conversations and scanning.

 

 


JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics, social capital and the interplay of demographics and economic growth.

 


Interested in being profiled as a futures thinker on FFD? Submit your profile here.

Education Bibliozone

Featured in Bibliozone this month is a collection of publications related to the future of education. The selection of documents is partial and based on accessible material. Therefore, we would like to invite everyone to supplement our library with additional materials.

Publications from our FFD library:  

Various other publications are available in our FFD library on education.
 

Alternative Economies Bibliozone

Featured in Bibliozone this month is a collection of publications related to the alternative economies. The selection of documents is partial and based on accessible material. Therefore, we would like to invite everyone to supplement our library with additional materials.

Publications include:


Talk-@-tive

Who is talking? - Education Talk-@-ive.
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president..." - Nelson Mandela
 

Videophile

Selection of videos on this month's theme: Education
Videos Include:
■ Seven Meta-trends and the Future of Learning
■ Forecast Creating the Future of Learning
■ RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
 

 

Talk-@-tive

A selection of quotes - Alternative Economies Talk-@-ive.

“Finding an alternative to capitalism begins with confronting the reality of the economic system we all participate in and how it shapes our lives and the planet we live on."
Allan G. Johnson - Nonfiction author, novelist, sociologist, public speaker.
 

Master’s Degree Programme in Future Studies
University of Turku

Will you be the next expert of the future?
 
The Master’s Degree Programme in Futures Studies provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary and practical education in the field of futures studies. It is designed to educate foresight experts who help organisations to harness future opportunities and avoid unnecessary risks.

The Programme includes plenty of rehearsal, case-studies and real-life experiences on using foresight methodology. These range from quantitative and qualitative methods to innovative and creative futures design techniques.

http://masters.utu.fi/programmes/futures-studies/
 
 
 
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