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Toward Meaningfully Engaging Children in Futures Work

Shamaee, Ali and Mohamedali, Maryam (2019) Toward Meaningfully Engaging Children in Futures Work. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Shamaee, Ali and Mohamedali, Maryam
Abstract:

Despite the fact that many decisions made today will affect our children’s tomorrows, there is a general bias that children and youth are incapable of understanding and discussing serious topics. As a result, we typically exclude them on matters of concern that we believe are beyond their capacity. This exclusion has been carried into civic participation wherein children are not given a voice in discussions that involve their current and future experiences as citizens. Foresight methods hold promise for developing skills to help us sense-make and vision in the complexity of today’s society. How might we engage children as participants in futures work? We conducted a literature review, consulted foresight practitioners who work with young people, and tested playshop prototypes engaging children in foresight methods and techniques. Findings show that although children and adults think differently, both views convey valuable meaning, and inviting all ages to the table can lead to more robust sense-making and visioning.

Date: 27 August 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children, Kids, Foresight, Futures work, Sense-making, Visioning, Participation, Agency
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 18:23
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 18:23
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2772

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