I am currently taking a course through MiraCosta College entitled “Fundamentals of Futures Thinking.” One of the learning outcomes is to be able to articulate why futures thinking is important for my institution. As I mentioned in my remarks during our Spring convocation, I’m deeply interested in the answer to the question, “what if technology breaks humanity’s way?” What could we be, as a community and an institution, if we intentionally design our future so that every student will succeed? Wouldn’t this also have a deeply positive impact on faculty and staff, if we were all empowered with the professional development and resources that we need to thrive?
“Futures thinking” necessitates a mindset of curiosity and innovation with a thread of empathy running throughout. Creating this collective mindset, a culture of inquiry, will require us to build and then nurture an environment in which we routinely ask “what if?” and “what truly matters?” in communities of exploration and practice.
What tools should we have in our professional development toolbox at GCC to facilitate this culture shift? I mentioned two at our College Conversations session this week: Interest Based Problem Solving (also called Interest Based Negotiation) and Human-Centered Design. Many of us have already engaged with IBPS as a foundational principle in our shared governance practice. Recently, the Administration Collaboration Team (ACT) learned about Human-Centered Design and I’m hoping we can start offering this opportunity college-wide in the coming months.
What other tools do we need to build GCC’s culture of inquiry? Which communities of practice can we create? I’m asking not rhetorically, but intentionally, to collect ideas and identify champions in this work.
Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by my office (A-102) or catch me as we walk across campus or after a meeting sometime soon. I’m ready to start this conversation. Who’s with me?