R655 Fall 2018 Thinking about the Future
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 17–Nov. 7
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: Joel Ticknor
Hurtling scientific and technological changes promise unprecedented human progress and abundance, as well as the specter of existential dangers that could end human existence. Human choices, ethics, errors—and luck—will determine which path we take. This course will discuss the connected challenges of global governance, emerging science and technology disruptions, and the transformational changes needed to promote future security, health, jobs, and the environment.
OLLI member Joel Ticknor is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society and has a certificate in strategic foresight from the University of Houston. A retired CIA officer, Ticknor has taught national security policy at the National War College, as well as courses at OLLI on financial planning and the future of our world. He has a BA from Union College, graduate studies in political science at Columbia University, and a diploma from the National War College.