Visioning the Future and Vermont

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The 30th anniversary of the George D. Aiken Lectures explores
several key issues facing Vermont in the coming 30 years: the global
economy, the landscape, and our health and well being.
All events are free and open to the public, but you must reserve a
ticket. Register online or call UVM Continuing Education at (800) 639-3210 or 656-2085.

VPR is recording the lectures for broadcast at 6 p.m. on
Thursdays following the live lecture. Then at 7 p.m., Switchboard
explores the regional impact of the issue presented. Both broadcasts
will be archived online and available to download after they have

This lecture will attempt to address the Five Big Questions About the Future:

  1. In what ways will today’s technologically adept,
    globally-connected youth impact and influence the global marketplace,
    politics and the environment?
  2. What are the new models of education that will empower children to maximize their contributions to the creative economy?
  3. What
    steps can be taken to accelerate our individual and collective
    spiritual awakening, and the compassionate values that will support a
    truly global pluralism?
  4. In a 24/7, always online, wirelessly wired world, how will we define and create community for ourselves and our families?
  5. Farms
    to cities to suburbs to exurbs…what is the physical, social and
    governmental infrastructure that will best serve the changing needs of

Participate in an online, interactive discussion about the Five Big Questions.

Dighe is a consulting futurist with over a decade of experience helping
organizations and industries understand the full range of threats and
opportunities created by today’s rapidly changing business environment.
Over the last ten years, Dighe has served as a Senior Futurist with the
Institute for Alternative Futures, Senior Futurist with Alternative
Futures Associates and Principal & Senior Futurist with Social
Technologies. Currently, Dighe is collaborating with corporations,
non-profit organizations, associations, and government agencies to
answer the Five Big Questions about the Future. Atul Dighe spent
considerable time in Vermont meeting with local governments and
institutions to evaluate what key issues will affect our state’s
future, determining that health, the global economy and landscape will
be the primary drivers.

Dighe holds a degree in corporate finance from the University
of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and a Master of Science
in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

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