Documentary

Guiding Question

The School for the Future is creating a documentary tentatively titled: "Deep Creativity: The Future of Higher Education." We hope that by creating the documentary we can helpfully contribute to the national and international conversation about what kind of higher education will best serve the students of the future. Our motivating question is:

Over the next few decades, higher education may face pressures it has never faced before: massive net job loss from automation, increased economic volatility from this loss of jobs, food insecurity and population pressures from climate change, ever higher income inequality, and students’ reconsideration of the value of college in the light of these challenges and the continually increasing cost of a college education. How will our systems of higher education adapt to serve the educational needs of people living and working in the the mid twenty-first century? What should college be in the future?

Current Progress

The teaser for the documentary is in production and will be done by early summer 2018. We will then use the teaser in a partnership building and fundraising effort to support the completion of the film.

Partnerships

Initial funding for the documentary has been donated by the Human Data Commons Foundation, a data privacy advocacy organization. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, an international architecture and design firm, has committed to contributing architectural renderings of the campuses of the future pro-bono.

We are currently seeking additional funding from individuals and granting organizations and partnerships with students and parents, educators, education experts and policy makers, administrators, businesses, and universities. If you would like to contribute to the documentary please email zach@theschoolforthefuture.com.

 
 

Podcast

 

Our Topics

The School for the Future is beginning to produce a podcast series on the intersections of many things:

  • self development (e.g. meditation) and social entrepreneurship or activism
  • theory and practice of social innovation
  • individual efforts to transform ourselves and the collective structures which support or hinder those efforts
  • rationality and intuition(s), head and heart
  • objectively impactful social change initiatives and personal skill sets and proclivities
  • uncertainty and certainty when trying to make strategic evaluations of the future

Initial Guests

Our first several podcast guests include: 

  • Mick Quinn, a serial technology entrepreneur, long time self-development practitioner and coach, and cofounder of the Integral Heart Family, a school for children of families in poverty in Guatemala,
  • Joanna Grace Farmer, a long-time, in the trenches community development expert currently building community capacity in Kansas City, Missouri who was also one of the first students of The School for the Future, and
  • Lucía Oliva Hennelly, a bi-cultural/bi-racial environmental justice professional and Spiritual Ecology fellow currently working to build bridges between mainstream environmental activism and communities whose interests and voices are usually not represented in those efforts.

We will post subscription links once we have them. If you would like to recommend a guest for the podcast, please email zach@theschoolforthefuture.com.