Science fiction is the genre of bold predictions. In 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey featured tablets that are strikingly similar to those we use today. In 2002, Minority Report showcased personalized advertisements that look eerily like the marketing we all experience every day on social media. Gerald Huff, author of posthumously published Crisis: 2038: A Novel has added his own predictions to the fore. As automation touches every area of our lives, what will that mean for our communities and how we live? Will we crumble under chaos, or will we adapt and thrive? Explore these questions and more as you root for 16-year-old Sara Dhawan and her attempts to lead society toward a wholesome future.
Megan Chen and Amberly Tran
During Education Reimagined’s 2019 Symposium, we had the privilege of meeting Megan Chen, a 15-year-old learner who wrote and published Finding Tiger in November 2018. Along with her co-illustrator, Amberly Tran, Chen wanted to provide a resource for young children to explore the complexities of identity. Motivated by her own experience, Chen brings this exploration to life through the adventures of a tiger. Central to the story is a question children and adults alike have to contend with every day: “Will Tiger prevail and find her place in the world, or will she become defined by what others think of her?”
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth
What problems will future generations be faced with? Although largely unanswerable, this question is always looming in the background for anyone diligently working to provide young people with an education that prepares them for what is to come. Michio Kaku, author of The Future of Humanity and co-founder of String Field Theory, invites you on an adventure of what the future may look like a few generations from now. As you explore the future of space travel through the lens of technological and astrophysical advancements, consider how learner-centered education will provide your learners with what they need to navigate this future.
This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See
The word “marketing” can often send people sprinting in the other direction. Marketing can be seen as slimy, transactional, and wholly impersonal. Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing and a titan in the field, brings a refreshing perspective that is immediately relatable to anyone looking to transform education in their community. Godin doesn’t want to talk about selling, he wants to talk about enrolling—designing ways to communicate the value of your work without looking to convince anyone what you are doing is “what they need.”
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Paul Revere and William Dawes are two men who gave the famous warnings to their communities, “The British are coming!” Yet, Paul Revere is likely the only name you know and the only man who was listened to that historic night. Why was Dawes ignored, even though he had the same information? Malcolm Gladwell has a theory. In The Tipping Point, Gladwell explores The Law of the Few, The Stickiness Factor, and The Power of Context, and how these three elements can explain the complexity of activating our communities. As you explore his arguments through stories like Revere’s midnight ride, discover how you can avoid the pitfalls of having a great idea that never gains traction.