A Week of Scholarship
Celebrating creativity and innovation in teaching, learning and research
Long-Term and Futures Thinking Initiative at CSUEB
Thursday, April 25 from 4:00 – 6:00
University Union 311
Laura Welcher, Director of Operations for the Long Now Foundation, and noted futurist Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics and a Long Now Board Member, will share compelling examples of what can be learned and accomplished by examining issues from a long-term perspective. The foundation, known for its unusual projects (such as the construction of a 10,000 year clock) and its SALT talks, works from a view of the last ten thousand years as yesterday, and the next ten thousand years as tomorrow. Both are serving as advisors to CSUEB’s new long-term and futures thinking initiative which provides a unique model for addressing institutional learning outcomes related to critical and creative thinking. Attendees will also be treated to presentations by students in Professor Lonny Brook’s organizational communications course. The students are among the first to learn about this perspective, conduct research on organizations to examine ways long-term thinking may be related to innovation, and to be tasked with projecting future scenarios for the organizations that are grounded in research findings. Brooks will share how students’ work aligns with CSUEB’s institutional learning outcomes, and the ways in which his course had to be re-designed to do so.
|Welcome||Gale Young, Department Chair, Communications|
|4:05 pm||Long-Term and Futures Thinking at Cal State East Bay||
Lonny Brooks, Assistant Professor, Communications
|4:15 pm||Student Learning||Student Panel: Presentations of final class projects|
|4:30 pm||Long-Term and Futures Thinking: Where in the Universe? Why?||Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics and a Long Now Advisory Board Member|
Long Term Perspectives and Inspiring Applications
|Laura Welcher, Director of Operations for the Long Now Foundation and a Long Now Advisory Board Member|
|5:30 pm||Reception||Featuring A Gallery of Student Presentations|
Dr. Lonny Brooks, Assistant Professor, Communications will describe approaches to integrating long-term and futures thinking into his communications courses. Preliminary findings regarding how this approach impacted students’ critical and creative thinking will be shared. Students joining Dr. Brooks in this presentation will share samples of their final projects and will describe ways that the course has impacted their views of the world.
Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics and a Long Now Board Member is a noted futurist who has worked for more than two decades to help corporate and governmental clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. Saffo will share his perspectives on why it is important to develop students’ capacity to think long-term and how the work underway at CSUEB fits within other efforts across the globe
Laura Welcher, Director of Operations for the Long Now Foundation, is a linguist whose research interests include endangered language documentation, description and revitalization, and the sub-discipline of computer-assisted linguistics. Welcher will describe what it means to be a long-term thinker from the foundation’s perspective. She will also share compelling examples of the kinds of work that the foundation is doing to support long-term thinking (including but not limited to the work at CSUEB).
Student Panel Participants
- Kendall Gallagher
- Jacob Kiley
- Anna Tesmer
- Shaun Stennes
- Gjenes Belamide
- Amy Beth Nickelson
- Alexandra Wahl
- Janel Henderson
- Lindsey Guzman
- Amanda Stephens
- Theodore Ratto
Director, Center for Student Research
Phone: (510) 885-3482
Fax: (510) 885-4618
Location: LI 2300
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
March 14, 2014 – Research Summaries and Payment Forms due for the Research Fellowship Program, LI 2300.
April 4, 2014 – Center for Student Research Workshop on designing a research poster. S Sci 146, 1:00 – 2:00.
April 9, 2014 – Center for Student Research Workshop on giving a research presentation. S Sci 138, 4:00 – 5:00.
- April 11, 2014 – Deadline for registration and submission of poster files for printing for the Student Research Symposium.
- April 23, 2014 – Student Research Symposium. New University Union Multipurpose room, 3:00 – 6:00.
Now accepting applications for Spring Research Fellowships