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Visioning the Future and Vermont

09/29/05 12:00AM

The 30th anniversary of the George D. Aiken Lectures explores several key issues facing Vermont in the coming 30 years: the global economy, the landscape, and our health and well being. All events are free and open to the public, but you must reserve a ticket. Register online or call UVM Continuing Education at (800) 639-3210 or 656-2085.

VPR is recording the lectures for broadcast at 6 p.m. on Thursdays following the live lecture. Then at 7 p.m., Switchboard explores the regional impact of the issue presented. Both broadcasts will be archived online and available to download after they have aired.


This lecture will attempt to address the Five Big Questions About the Future:
  1. In what ways will today's technologically adept, globally-connected youth impact and influence the global marketplace, politics and the environment?
  2. What are the new models of education that will empower children to maximize their contributions to the creative economy?
  3. What steps can be taken to accelerate our individual and collective spiritual awakening, and the compassionate values that will support a truly global pluralism?
  4. In a 24/7, always online, wirelessly wired world, how will we define and create community for ourselves and our families?
  5. Farms to cities to suburbs to exurbs...what is the physical, social and governmental infrastructure that will best serve the changing needs of communities?

Participate in an online, interactive discussion about the Five Big Questions.

Atul Dighe is a consulting futurist with over a decade of experience helping organizations and industries understand the full range of threats and opportunities created by today's rapidly changing business environment. Over the last ten years, Dighe has served as a Senior Futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures, Senior Futurist with Alternative Futures Associates and Principal & Senior Futurist with Social Technologies. Currently, Dighe is collaborating with corporations, non-profit organizations, associations, and government agencies to answer the Five Big Questions about the Future. Atul Dighe spent considerable time in Vermont meeting with local governments and institutions to evaluate what key issues will affect our state's future, determining that health, the global economy and landscape will be the primary drivers.

Dighe holds a degree in corporate finance from the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business and a Master of Science in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

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Aiken Lecture Series Website
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