The Future of Cities: three scenarios for urban futures

Here’s another piece of futures thinking (from the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities) which I came across whilst doing some lecture preparation.

The three scenarios are:

  • Gulliver’s World
  • Massive socio-technical revolution
  • Triumph of the Triads

Presently South African cities seem to be caught somewhere between the first and last scenarios. Perhaps it is time for Rhodes University and Makana Municipality to partner us towards the great transition scenario and have massive socio-technical revolution here in Grahamstown!

Africa: Space, Time and Educational Futures – my TEDxRhodesU talk on YouTube

I have been using TED talks in my teaching for many years now.  Five years ago I showed my first year class one of Hans Rosling’s TED talks ‘Stats that reshape your world view’ and sitting in that class was Tyron Louw.  Earlier this year the same Tyron Louw – now a postgraduate student – walked into my office and told me about the upcoming TEDx RhodesU which he was organizing.

Last weekend he and his team did a great job with TEDxRhodesU ‘Africa Inspired’ and I was delighted to be participating.  Perhaps that comes across in the photos and YouTube clip below ….