Eastern Community College Social Science Association, 35th Annual Conference
“Visions for Creating a Sustainable Future: Toward Transformational Change for a Collective World at Peace”
Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd HighwaySterling, Virginia 20164
March 26-28, 2009
Opening Keynote Address
Friday Morning, March 27, 2009“15
Global Challenges and Prospects for Humanity”
Jerome Clayton Glenn, Director
The Millennium Project World Federation of United Nations Associations
The accelerating rate of the future will make the changes and challenges of the last 25 years appear slow compared to the next 25 years. The building of the environment will have ubiquitous artificial intelligence embedded in it. Humans will be using nanotechnology on and in their bodies with transceivers making a continuum of the built environment as represented in human bodies and minds. Before we get to this age of “Conscious Technology” we must address the challenges below.
15 Global Challenges1. How can sustainable development be achieved for all? 2. How can everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict? 3. How can population growth and resources be brought into balance? 4. How can genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian regimes? 5. How can policymaking be made more sensitive to global long-term perspectives? 6. How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone?7. How can ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor? 8. How can the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced? 9. How can the capacity to decide to be improved as the nature of work and institutions change? 10. How can shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass destruction?11. How can the changing status of women help improve the human condition? 12. How can transnational organized crime networks be stopped from becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises? 13. How can growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently? 14. How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition? 15. How can ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions?
The emerging knowledge economy will require a far more intelligent and knowledgeable world labor force than did the industrial or agricultural economies. In this address, global trends will be discussed that are leading to a more complex and rapidly changing world that gives rise to new challenges and opportunities for social science education. For example, as the human autonomic nervous system takes care of the management of the body, freeing the mind to invent the future, so too, future urban infrastructures will become like autonomic nervous systems for civilizations, freeing humanity to go beyond our current imagination. These capabilities will include resilience systems that can anticipate, respond and recover from disasters such as Tsunamis, massive migrations due to water shortages, prolonged electric and/or Internet outages, financial crashes, and wars.
Our bodies will be increasingly augmented by technology, global brains will emerge from the Internet, and all will be connected to the more intelligently built environment to eventually become a more“conscious-technology.” As rural cultures did not anticipate megacities and have become amazed by their capabilities, so too megacity cultures might not anticipate the emerging conscious-technology capabilities.
Scientific knowledge of brain functioning and the potential for improving human intelligence are increasing rapidly. Mind-building could become more popular than bodybuilding. If Moore’s Law continues, then half the world could have portable devices with the processing power of a human brain in less than 25 years. The work-at-home knowledge economy will make the tele-education of children more acceptable to parents potentially blurring work, learning, and play.
Just as we write lines of computer code to create software that changes the way we live, so too will we write lines of genetic code to create new life forms. They may produce energy, and medicine, and merge with some mechanical and other biological systems making nanosensors and other parts of our future infrastructures more effective.
About the Keynote Speaker
Jerome C. Glenn is the co-founder (1996) and director of The Millennium Project (on global futures research)of the World Federation of United Nations Associations and co-author with Ted Gordon of the annual state of the Future of the Millennium Project for the past twelve years. He was the Washington, DC representative for the United NationsUniversity as executive director of the American Council for the UNU 1988-2007.
He has over 35 years of Futures Research experience working for governments, international organizations, and private industry in Science & Technology Policy, Environmental Security, Economics, Education, Defense, Space, Futures Research Methodology, International Telecommunications, and Decision Support Systems with the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options Room, and the Millennium Project. He has addressed or keynoted conferences for over 300 government departments, universities, NGOs, UN organizations, and/or corporations around the world on a variety of future-oriented topics.
Recent research includes Global Energy Collective Intelligence, National Future Strategy Units, Future Education and Learning Possibilities by 2030, Global Energy Scenarios for 2020, the Future of Ethics, 2025 Science and Technology Scenarios, Middle East Peace Scenarios, and Military R&D Priorities to Reduce Health and environmental Impacts of Nanotechnology.
Glenn was the Deputy Director of Partnership for Productivity International involved in national strategic planning, institutional design, training, and evaluation in economic development in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America and created CARINET in 1983 as the leading computer network in the developing world subsequently bought by CGNet. He has been an independent consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, UNU, UNESCO, FAO, UNEP, US/EPA, USAID, and several governments and corporations.
He invented the “Futures Wheel” a futures assessment technique, Futuristic Curriculum Development, and conceptssuch as conscious-technology, transinstutions, tele-nations, management by understanding, definition of environmentalsecurity, feminine brain drain, just-in-time knowledge and learning, information warfare, feelysis, nodes as a managementconcept for interconnecting global and local views and actions and coined the term futuring in 1973. Saturday Review named him among the most unusually gifted leaders of America for his pioneering work in Tropical Medicine (national Leprosy system while a Peace Corp Volunteer), Future-Oriented Education, and ParticipatoryDecision Making Systems in 1974. He was instrumental in naming the first Space Shuttle the Enterprise and banning the first space weapon (FOBS) in SALT II.
Glenn has published over 100 future-oriented articles in such as the Nikkei, ADWEEK, International Tribune, LEADERS, New York Times, McGraw-Hill’s Contemporary Learning Series, Current, Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Journal, Foresight, Futures, Technological Forecasting, Futures Research Quarterly, and The Futurist.He is editor of Futures Research Methodology versions 1.0 and 2.0, author of Future Mind: Merging the Mystical and the technological in the 21st Century (1989 & 1994), Linking the Future: Findhorn, Auroville, Arcosanti (1979), and co-author ofSpace Trek: The Endless Migration (1978 & 1979).
Glenn has a BA in philosophy from American University, an MA in Teaching Social Science – Futuristicsfrom Antioch Graduate School of Education (now Antioch University New England), and was a doctoral candidate in general futures research at the University of Massachusetts. He received the Donella Meadows Metal, Kondratieff Metal, Emerald Citation of Excellence, honorary professorship, and doctor’s degrees from two universities in South America (Universidad Ricardo Palma and Universidad Franz Tamayo) and is a leading boomerang stunt man.
Dr. Glenn will also serve as moderator for the Saturday morning panel on“The Issue is the Future: Looking Forward to Global Sustainability.”
David J. Smith, J.D.Senior Program OfficerEducation & Training Center/DomesticUnited States Institute of Peacewww.usip.org
The degree and speed of change today that impacts daily life is unprecedented. Much of this change challenges notions of stability and sustainability that often undercut long-term global peace and security. Community colleges because of their vast diversity and multiple missions are ideally situated to make significant contributions to improving the quality of life for those today and succeeding generations both in the U.S. and globally.
As laboratories of innovation, community colleges today are developing creative and visionary strategies for global peacebuilding through an array of programmatic approaches based in the community and formal education, local outreach and collaboration, and international development.
Smith will discuss innovative approaches that community colleges in the U.S. are engaging in to contribute to this effort. He will also discuss the potential that community colleges have to be state-of-the- art centers for “transformational change for a collective world at peace.”
About the Luncheon Speaker
David J. Smith is a senior program officer in the Institute’s Education and Training Center/Domestic, where he focuses on secondary and higher education in conflict resolution and peace studies. He has primary responsibility for community college initiatives as well as issues related to youth and violent conflict.
His experience before joining the Institute in 2005 focused extensively on teaching at the college and university level, and he applied conflict resolution as a practicing mediator. From 1992 to 2005he taught legal studies and peace and conflict studies at Harford Community College. At Harford,he served as chair of the faculty and developed an anger management program for the public school system. He also helped establish the Harford County Community Mediation Program, serving as a county executive–appointed commissioner from 1996 to 2005.
As a Fulbright scholar in 2003–2004, Smith taught peace studies and alternative dispute resolution at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. He has also taught peace studies at Goucher College, was on the faculties of Towson University and Villa Julie College, and has lectured on American mediator practice at Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Jammu, in India.
Smith holds a B.A. in political science and urban affairs from American University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore. He is in the Ph.D. program at the Institute for Conflict Analysis andResolution at George Mason University.
Two of Smith’s Online Publications:
“Global peace, conflict and security: approaches taken by American community colleges,”Journal of Peace Education, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pgs 63-78 (March 2008).
“How Community Colleges Can Work for World Peace,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 2007).
Dr. David Heyman, Director and Senior Fellow, Homeland Security ProgramCenter for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC
In this session, David Heyman will discuss some of the key thoughts and challenges in homeland securityfor the years ahead, and the implications of these issues for teaching, research, administration and thegoals and initiatives of institutions of higher education. Heyman’s remarks will also provide key questionsto help stimulate discussion for the Saturday conference dialogue on future issues about global sustainability.
About the Banquet Speaker
David Heyman is a senior fellow and director of the CSIS Homeland Security Program and an adjunct professor in security studies at Georgetown University. Heyman leads the Center’s research and program activities in homeland security, focusing on developing the strategies and policies to help build and transform U.S. federal, state, local, and private-sector homeland security institutions. He is an expert on terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, bioterrorism, and risk-based security. He has led or contributed to a number of studies on aviation security, nuclear security, bioterrorism preparedness, and pandemic flu planning. Most recently, he was the principal architect of, and helped run, “Steadfast Resolve,”a cabinet-level tabletop exercise that examined critical decision making at the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council during the next potential terrorist attack.
Before joining CSIS, Heyman served in a number of government positions, including as a senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on national security and international affairs. Prior to that, he was the head of international operations for a private-sector software/systems engineering firm developing supply-chain management systems for Fortune 100 firms. He has worked in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.
Heyman has authored numerous publications, including “America’s Domestic Security” in Five Years After 9/11 (CSIS, 2006); Model Operational Guidelines for Disease Exposure Control (CSIS, 2005)—which has been utilized by cities and states across the country and was the basis for some of the government’s pandemic flu planning guidance; DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security (CSIS/Heritage Foundation, 2004); and Lessons from the Anthrax Attacks (CSIS, 2002). Heyman has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including NPR, CNN, BBC, FOX News, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
CSIS Publications by David Heyman
Special Brief: Homeland Security in an Obama Administration 11/28/2008Homeland Security 3.0 09/18/2008Analysis of the National Counterterrorism Center Annual Report on Terrorism 05/01/2008Model Operational Guidelines for Disease Exposure Control 11/02/2005Security Controls on the Access of Foreign Scientists and Engineers to the United States 10/01/2005Security Controls on Scientific Information and the Conduct of Scientific Research 06/01/2005DHS 2.0 – Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security 12/13/2004
Testimony by David Heyman
Ensuring National Security while Promoting Foreign Investment in an Age of Global Terrorism 02/07/2007David Heyman examines role of C.M.O. within the Department of Homeland Security 10/27/2005
For more information on David Heyman or the Center for Strategic and International Studies visit their website at www.csis.org
Saturday Panel -March 28, 2009-10:45am to 12:30pm
“The Issue is the Future: Looking Forward to Global Sustainability”
Panelists:Dr. Jerome Clayton Glenn, Moderator(Director, The Millennium Project)
Mr. David Smith, JD (U.S. Institute of Peace)
Dr. Debra Rowe, President,(U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development andProfessor of Energy Management, Renewable Energy Technology and Psychology)
Dr. Stephen Steele, Applied Sociologist(Futures Institute, Anne Arundel CC)
Dr. Debra Rowe, President,(U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development andProfessor of Energy Management, Renewable Energy Technology, and Psychology)
About the Panel Presenter
Debra Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development(www.uspartnership.org ). The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also a Senior Fellow at the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (www.ulsf.org), National Co-coordinator of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (www.heasc.net), Founder of the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (www.aashe.org/dans) and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (www.aashe.org ). She helps higher education associations and institutions integrate sustainability into the mission, curricula, research, student life, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships.
Debra has been a professor of energy management, renewable energy technology and psychology for over 28 years at Oakland Community College (www.oaklandcc.edu/EST). Dr. Rowe created a model energy management degree design for community and technical colleges, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. She also created and teaches energy management and renewable energies in an online format with National Science Foundation support (www.ceret.us), has hosted over one hundred conferences and customized trainings on energy and sustainable design practices, and has helped numerous colleges develop their energy curricula. Debra Rowe is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications on the integration of sustainability into education (see www.ncseonline.org/EFS/DebraRowe.pdf and www.urbanoptions.org/SustainEdHandbook for examples).
Debra has a Ph.D. in Business Marketing, an MA in Psychology, and an MBA in Business from the University of Michigan. She also has a B.A. from Yale University in Special Studies.
Dr. Stephen F. Steele, Professor of Sociology and Futures StudiesInstitute for the Future, Anne Arundel Community College
Stephen F. Steele, is a Professor of Sociology and Futures Studies, Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland. Steve integrates a proactive understanding of the future into the breadth of his work, believing that we all can have a hand in shaping our own futures. As the creator and former Director of the Institute for the Future @ Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland (http://www.aacc.edu/future), he works with an advisory team in the ongoing development of a vehicle for the delivery of future views at the local level. IF @ AACC is truly providing the vehicle to “think globally and ‘act locally.’” His presentations on the future span a wide range of audiences from community groups to college and university leaders, to global audiences at the World Future Society Annual Meetings.Steve has been active and visible in futures thinking and applied sociology and for over three decades. His career spans academia, as a professor at Anne Arundel Community College and a former adjunct professor in the graduate program in the Organizational Development and Human Resources at Johns Hopkins University in the former School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. Awards from Johns Hopkins University, the American Sociological Association and the Society for Applied Sociology reflect his prowess in teaching and practice. This solution-centered approach to sociology is further reflected in his book, aptly titled Solution-Centered Sociology: Addressing Problems Through Applied Sociology (Sage Publications, 1999) and Applied Sociology: Terms, Topics, Tools and Tasks, 2nd edition (with Jammie Price, Wadsworth, 2008). Steve may be reached through IF @ AACC at firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com or by telephone at 410-777-2708.