The Muddled Legacy of Alvin Toffler by David Guston

David Guston, director of School for the Future of Innovation in Society, reflects on the author's "diagnosis of the fear, alienation, and anomie with which people responded to the combination of rapid technological change and what Toffler saw as its disruptive social consequences," and concludes that he was "right about “future shock” but wrong about the solution."
Regarding SFIS and the concept of anticipatory governance, Guston notes, "While we are not training futurists, per se, our students are learning across these tools of engagement, integration, and anticipation to plan for the kinds of futures that we will want to inhabit. And they are learning to frame innovative efforts as part of a larger social fabric that informs both wants and needs about our common futures."

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The article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate.