The Future Debates
A conversation about the future.
What's on your mind?
A round up of what's been happening at Future Debates
Our upcoming debates are continuing to take shape....
About The Future Debates
In 2017, there's a real empathy deficit. Underlying many of the world's problems is a lack of understanding. In an age of self-curated news, knowledge and opinion we've stopped listening to perspectives we don't agree with.
Thinking. Talking. Listening.
I created The Future Debates as a way of getting people to talk about the future. Not the future according to Hollywood or the internet, but the real future. The one that will change more quickly than we've ever known. The one that will have to consider a more uncertain, turbulent world. In today's digital age we have more information than ever before, more predictions about what will happen to the planet and human race. But there's also a real empathy deficit. Underlying many of the world's problems is a lack of understanding of root causes. We live in a time of self-curated news, knowledge and opinion and we've stopped listening to perspectives we don't agree with. Some of those predictions are exciting and frightening in equal measure. It will be our collective response that will shape the future and that response begins by having conversations, testing ideas, putting forward arguments and listening to other perspectives.
Often we don't have time to have those conversations even with our own family and friends. There are too many distractions or demands for our attention. So I am giving you that opportunity in an open, inclusive environment. Choose a question or topic that's important to you and start a conversation yourself or simply come along to an event and get involved with someone else's. All you need is an open mind. It's your chance to meet people, widen your network and talk about something other than office politics or what's trending this week.
So far, we've talked about the future of: work, the media, smart cities, technology and happiness, the Olympics, food, careers, plants, consumerism, education and the social impact of business. Expect this list to get longer...
I look forward to talking to (and listening to) you soon.
Paul Coverdale, Founder Future Debates
About Paul Coverdale
The Future Debates is part of my mission to collaborate, connect and communicate. I am curious about the future and how we might make the planet a more sustainable place. You can see what else I am up to here.
How It Works
A simple guide to your Future Debate
Up to 12 of you sit and discuss a topic suggested by at least one of the group. You could be friends, colleagues or strangers; it doesn't matter. People can come and go. Everybody gets to air their views. There are no sides, no motion to be proposed or opposed, no voting. It's participatory, inclusive, open and honest. Just a straightforward conversation about something that matters to you. It's as simple as that.
The House Rules
Healthy, passionate debate is to be encouraged and we wouldn't want to stifle the conversation. In the interests of making sure all participants get the most out of it we ask you to abide by these few simple rules.
The first step to solving a problem might be to talk about it, but the following ones are even more important. This is where actions happen, progress is made. I have an ambition that Future Debates will be the catalyst for activity that addresses today's and tomorrow's issues. I hope that many projects start from a conversation and I'm including them here.
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How we think
The Art of Reflection and Fruitful Curiosity in an Age of Instant Opinions and Information Overload
A difference of opinion
Why diverse opinions lead to better outcomes
Change your view
An online forum for discussion and debate
Future Debates has a growing number of collaborators. Interested? Get in touch.