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This forecast was co-created through a series of five public, open invitation roundtables held on Twitter Spaces, most occurring each week of May 2022.
The authors proposed an initial list of trends. Participants helped to hone it, adding nuance and examples. They also crafted images of the future and developed strategic questions and implications. This was both a lesson in learning in public and in creating a participatory forecast. We are indebted to all the participants for being so incredibly generous with their expertise, time and perspectives.
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Automation - technology that performs tasks that reduce reliance on human input.
Bitcoin - is a form of cryptocurrency. It is a digital, decentralized form of money that can be bought, sold and exchanged on a peer-to-peer network called blockchain, without the need for a third party such as a bank.
Blockchain - a decentralized ledger of all the transactions on a peer-to-peer network, secured using cryptography. Computers on the peer-to-peer confirm the transaction on the network, eliminating the need for a third party, such as a bank, to verify them.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) - is a cross-disciplinary academic and legal framework for examining how systemic racism is embedded in policies, legal systems and institutions.
Cryptocurrency - a digital currency, secured by cryptography and designed to be used through computer networks rather than being reliant on a third party such as a bank or government to uphold and validate them as currency.
Cryptography - Methods to secure and protect information and communications using codes.
Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) - Internet based organizations that are owned and managed by their members and with no central leadership and whose transactions, rules and records are recorded on a blockchain.
Decentralization - the process of moving activities such as decision making away from a centralized entity such as an individual, organization or government and towards a distributed network.
Digital Media Literacy - the ability to find, access, analyze, synthesize and create information online.
Extended Reality (XR) - immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) that blend virtual and real worlds.
Gig economy - the arrangement between companies and independent contractors who work for companies under short-term contracts and often in flexible, on-demand arrangements.
Inflation - the increase in the price of goods and services and the decrease in purchasing power of money.
Metaverse - a type of 3d internet created by a network of virtual worlds and accessed through virtual reality.
Non-Fungible token (NFT) - an asset on a blockchain that uses unique identifiers so that they cannot be replaced or replicated, and to distinguish them from each other. NFTs can be used to show ownership of an original piece of digital art, or even physical assets like real estate.
Out-of-School Time (OST) - out-of-school time, or out-of-school time learning are learning programs that young people attend when school is not in session.
School Board - a committee or group of people in charge of governance and management of education in a particular school, area or city. They set policies, regulations, and budgets, hire the Superintendent, make decisions about curriculum and manage issues with facilities.
School Resource Officer - police officers who work in schools.
Shadow Docket - a nickname for the emergency procedural actions taken by justices on the Supreme Court that do not go through a full briefing or hearing process.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - an educational method or framework for fostering social and emotional skills to understand and manage their emotions, cultivate empathy, develop a healthy identity and form positive relationships.
Web3 - a vision for the third iteration of the internet built on decentralized networks like blockchain and is owned, built and run by users themselves rather than corporations.
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