The Future of Foresight under Obama

Eric Meade | The Extreme Future | February 2009

A blog entry says that the new administration marks a change in our society’s views of the future and a chance to renew support of programs that that engage in active foresight.  A few such programs from the 70’s were mentioned:  the Office of Technology Assessment and The Congressional Clearinghouse for the Future.  According to the blog,

In 1974, the House Select Committee on Committees stipulated that each standing committee “shall review and study on a continuing basis undertake futures research and forecasting on matters within its jurisdiction,” a rarely observed requirement that remains on the books to this day.

The entry says, “Regardless of what specific values emerge during the next four years or beyond, it is clear that the U.S. is ready for a new approach to the future that envisions and creates the type of world we would like to give to our children.”

1 Response to “The Future of Foresight under Obama”


  • My concern is that science has been gated for the last 6-8 years. In many states in elementary science , less than 20 minutes a week has been put aside for the teaching of science, and inquiry based investigations have been put on hold. Congress makes decisions based on ” old idea”. Transformational learning tools exist. I asked the head of the Math Project about computational math and science. He admitted that he did not know what that was. I am concerned. We need OTA to certify, share and let us know educational practices that work. Some of these practices are going on at NSF, but dissemination of transformational learning could take place much faster if OTA existed and we stopped guessing our way to the future using
    information from vendors and the press.

    Bonnie Bracey Sutton

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