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What lessons the Covid-19 pandemic has given for the future

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16.07.2020

A few decades back, two great scholars, one a journalist historian of the nuclear era and the other a sociologist of peace, declared that the future was too precious to be left to experts.

As a subject, it must be opened to children. Schools should attempt to teach futurology, bringing a new sensitivity about time, a playfulness about prediction and change, and a trusteeship for the rights of future generations. It is a pity few institutions followed up on the idea. The idea of the future remains the domain of experts and think-tanks, creating a priesthood of predictable futures, maintaining the current theology of power.

Democratic potential

Today, Covid as a crisis, goes back to the questions the two authors, Robert Jungk and Johan Galtung raised. It is clear today that policy has been a pretentious science, more a monopoly of information and expertise. Yet, the expert scenarios have little to offer and even less to suggest for the post-Covid era. It is time every citizen sees themselves as a policymaker and every village and community as a science academy. Knowledge should be part of the trusteeship of the community. In this context, opening futurology to schools gives us a different way of transforming Covid from a crisis, as a dead end, to a set of democratic possibilities.

Childhood and future intertwine at every step. It is time the future invokes a poetic genius in every child. (Photo: Reuters)

The future becomes an opportunity........

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