Future Tense Fiction: How Will We Learn in the Future?

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    Amidst breakneck technological change, social upheaval, and environmental emergency, we need to rethink learning and education to prepare humanity to meet the challenges of a complex future. This transformation needs to go beyond the walls of the classroom. It should encompass virtual and informal learning environments, information literacy, critical thinking, trust, and community. Learning doesn’t stop at the end of high school, or college; it’s an ongoing process of reexamining and rethinking ourselves, our relationships, our communities, and our physical and social environments. It’s a process that involves constant adaptation to a world in flux.

    This event is the culmination of the Future Tense Fiction Learning Futures series, supported by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, as part of its work on Learning Futures and Principled Innovation. The series explores how learning experiences of all kinds will be shaped by technology and other forces in the future—and the moral, ethical, and social challenges this will entail.

    Read the stories and watch the previous discussions. 


    Simon Brown, Fiction Author

    Leigh Alexander, Fiction Author, Narrative Designer, and Critic

    Shiv Ramdas, Fiction Author and Assistant Editor, Escape Pod podcast


    Punya Mishra, Professor and Assistant Dean of Scholarship and Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

    Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society.          

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