Futures Literacy: how to decolonize the future

December 8 – 12 2020. Tamara (Carleton) and I were at the UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit [Link] representing our research group – Foresight at Stanford [Link]. We are standing for design foresight and what we are now calling creative pragmatics (in our forthcoming book – [Link]). Competencies, tools and techniques, mindsets not for predicting the…

Lessons in (online) learning

Michael Shanks writes. Project: Future of Learning – [Link]Pedagogy: a personal manifesto – [Link] Let me try to cut through the avalanche of advice about online learning and summarize the essentials. Our schools and colleges have vacated their classrooms. The public high schools here in California seem to have just given up on any alternative….

the future of learning — architectural experiments

Chris Ford, Michael Bell, and Michael Shanks report. Project Urban Futures – [Link] The current COVID-19 crisis and “stay at home” policies have prompted many schools and colleges to shift to online learning and remote teaching. Educators are being forced to rethink their role in the classroom, raising old questions about how we teach and…

Update – the actuality of the archaeological past

Michael Shanks writes. Welcome to a new, and long overdue, website sharing the work of our studio/lab at Stanford. In this contemporary condition of global stasis I offer some orientation on the lab’s projects, past and ongoing. [Link – a talk for SAP Moscow on global crisis April 2020] Current projects – [Link] Research Creation…

Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Anthropology: What is the status of our descriptions?

“The goal of descriptive adequacy is unattainable but continually haunts the endeavor, lying alongside, but in another time, and speaking back, like the immaterial ghosts of prophecy or the value of a currency.” (Maurer 2005, p. 54) What is it to describe? What ambitions and hopes do we attach to our descriptions? How do we…