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What Might Childhood Look Like in the Future? (IF Discussion Guide)

In 2014, The Interactivity Foundation published the 40-page Discussion Guide, What Might Childhood Look Like in the Future? A Discussion Guide For Exploring Possibilities for Public Policy, which came from discussions between 2011 and 2012, that were then reviewed, tested and revised, before publishing.

From IF..IF-future-of-childhood

Whitney Houston sings in The Greatest Love of All (1985) that “the children are our future”. What, though, is the future of childhood? What does it mean, in our society, to be a child- or to have a childhood? And what might it mean in the future? Looking back, it may be easy to presume that children have always enjoyed the protected status that they officially seem to have within modern American society. But both the historical and modern realities of childhood greatly complicate this picture and many of our associated ideals.

Perhaps we need to rethink what childhood might look like in the 21st century. This project will ask some difficult questions and consider multiple. alternative answers.

For example:

  • How might we address broader social issues directly affecting childhood such as homelessness, abuse, neglect, crime, violence- whether on the streets or in their homes and at the hand of a parent or caregiver?
  • How do we best raise children who will be competent enough to navigate the complexities of our modern world? What traits will they need?
  • Are there ways to build and develop our supporting villages that will both more supportive and less threatening to parents and caregivers?
  • What other  issues might affect children growing up 20, 30, or 40 years from now?

The PDF version of this report is available for download here.

About the Interactivity Foundation
The Interactivity Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to enhance the process and expand the scope of our public discussions through facilitated small-group discussion of multiple and contrasting possibilities. The Foundation does not engage in political advocacy for itself, any other organization or group, or on behalf of any of the policy possibilities described in its discussion guidebooks. For more information, see the Foundation’s website at www.interactivityfoundation.org.

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Resource Link: www.interactivityfoundation.org/discussions/the-future-of-childhood

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