The Futures Initiative, An Open Project of the Graduate Center (CUNY)

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The Futures Initiative, led by The Graduate Center CUNY, is dedicated to creating and inspiring new methods of interdisciplinary and collaborative learning and pedagogy in order to stimulate institutional changes in higher education.

The Futures Initiative, led by The Graduate Center CUNY, is dedicated to creating and inspiring new methods of interdisciplinary and collaborative learning and pedagogy in order to stimulate institutional changes in higher education. Drawing upon and catalyzing the energy of CUNY faculty and students, the Futures Initiative seeks to explore new models for empowering the next generation of college professors to teach and engage in research most effectively in our modern age. The Futures Initiative encourages peer-to-peer pedagogies that support open and connected forms of learning, experimentation, and multimedia publication. Housed at the Graduate Center and extending throughout the CUNY system, the Futures Initiative serves as a model for innovation and aims to inspire public reinvestment in higher education and in our collective future as a society. - See more at: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiati...

Anyone can join, anyone can contribute.  This is a first attempt to describe some principles motivating the Futures Initiative, and you can read more at "Some Initial Thoughts on the Futures Initiative" and in other posts that I and others will contribute to this Futures Initiative Group.   Not everyone will agree with all of these ideas--they are intended to provoke, not to shut down an urgent conversation about the who, what, where, when, why, and how of higher education today.   The Futures Initiative grows out of evolving, collective, collaborative principles that have been discussed widely in the HASTAC network and other hybrid learning communities for several years and, as with other initiatives, the Futures Initiative will be shaped by the community as we develop projects and add members.   The point is not to enforce but to invite, not to prescribe but to inspire and elicit.   We believe this "iterative" model of learning is ideally suited to the world we live in now.  Join us!

 

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About the Director: The Futures Initiative is directed by Cathy N. Davidson.  Davidson is the cofounder of HASTAC and co-PI of the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions.  After a long career holding two distinguished chairs at Duke University, Davidson is relocating to The Graduate Center where she will be a Distinguished Professor and Direct The Futures Initiative.  Davidson's commitments are to peer-to-peer learning and to educational transformation for the world we live in now.

About HASTAC: HASTAC is an open network of more than 13,000 members worldwide.   It is free.  You join simply by signing up.  We do not share your data with commercial or other vendors.  Anyone who joins the network can participate and anyone can participate as long as you share HASTAC's commitment to a respectful, civil, productive, progressive community dedicated to "Changing the Way We Teach and Learn."   Another of HASTAC's mottos:  "Difference is not our deficit.  It's our operating system."   We invite you to add your own thoughts, start your own version of the Futures Initiative and share your ideas and accomplishments in this Group or anywhere on HASTAC.  (Anyone can begin a Group on HASTAC:  this is a Drupal open-source tool available to all).    One of our founding ideas is "act locally, communicate globally." 

About the Futures Initiative Group on hastac.org  This Group is one venue for sharing your own initiatives on behalf of educational transformation.   You can write a blog here, add information about your program and events, and HASTAC will communicate it to the membership using social media platforms and, sometimes, highlight major events or blog posts that draw interest from the community in a monthly HASTAC newsletter.   When you post to this Group, you can click the final toggle to make your communication "Private," readable only by Group members.  If you don't, it will be public.