Thursday, September 13, 2012

What kind of world have we inherited? What kind of world are we making?

What kind of world have we inherited? What kind of world are we making?

What kind of world are we leaving to the future?

Who will speak? Who will listen?

Who’s Responsible for the Future?

A Roundtable Forum on Collaborative Futures across Generations

Monday, October 15, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union (and satellite venues tba)

ARC–IU: Attention, Reflection, Connection: Steps toward an Inclusive Campus

(A coalition of students, staff, and faculty working together to build an inclusive community on campus and beyond.)

In response to our question, we invite you to

Propose a specific topic and lead discussion at a table.

Register to participate in discussion at a table.

Host a roundtable at your center.


Proposals will be accepted until September 21, 2012 at the following website:

Not sure what to propose? Here are a few sample topics:

“Co-producing a healthy community: focus on (e.g., mental health)”

“War and peace in our local-global Village”

“Leadership and making a difference”

“The future of food”


Registration to join a roundtable discussion will run from September 14 to October 5, 2012

Sign up and also encourage your colleagues to sign up for a conversation


The Roundtable Conversations will take place on October 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.



Goals of the Roundtable Forum

To promote civil and productive conversation in addressing shared concerns across generational, cultural, and disciplinary perspectives. To raise awareness about issues and come up with appropriate lines of inquiry and/or creative action to address them.

To promote a culture of inclusion on the Bloomington campus and in the Bloomington community: on campus, to support the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom; beyond the campus, to help prepare new generations of students, staff, faculty, in working with their community partners to address social and global issues

Bloomington campus–community: the little engine that can!

“I met with several kinds of associations in America of which I confess I had no previous notion; and I have often admired the extreme skill with which the inhabitants of the United States succeed in proposing a common object for the exertions of a great many men and in inducing them voluntarily to pursue it.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

“Yet I worry that the need for continuous civic engagement, intellectual struggle, and vigilance is not well understood in some of our mature democracies and is not transmitted to citizens and officials in new democracies….We have to avoid slipping into a na├»ve sense that democracy – once established – will continue on its own momentum." Elinor Ostrom