In the podcast we speak of the futures profession, both my unusual career arc into it and how we balance (in Bernard’s terms) advising people about a future and trying to change futures. I dwell on the classic utopian/dystopian divide in imagining futures.
Then we turn to literature and fiction. Bernard asks me to write a novel about the future of education (!), and we wonder about appropriate genres (science fiction, mystery, picaresque, historical fiction, bildungsroman). I recommend Rainbows End (here’s our book club’s reading).
Then I reference peak higher education, with a glance at the queen sacrifice. Bernard points to Bryan Caplan, who was a fine Future Trends Forum guest.
Bernard asks me to speculate on the near and medium term future of education. Also on deck: changing enrollment patterns, the possibility of declining support for higher education, college athletics, and more. I offer a couple of moonshot ideas; let me know what you think of them.
Thanks again to Bernard Bull for the lovely opportunity.