I am a grandfather with 11 grandchildren and counting. I am concerned and deeply interested in the kind of future they will know as they navigate through life.
By way of personal and professional background, I have a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta. I began my professional career as a teacher in my home country of Australia and came to Canada in 1966, where I have held several administrative positions, including Assistant Deputy Minister of Advanced Education in Alberta, 1977-88.
I now live in Vancouver, Canada where with my wife, Geraldine (Gerri) Schwartz PhD, I co-founded Creative Learning International (www.creative-learning.ca) and the Institute for Ethical Leadership (www.ethicalleadership.com). We have delivered programs in leadership development for more than 20 years. I am the author of three novels, a memoir and numerous publications in education and futures studies.
From my background in futures thinking, education and administration, I look at the social and economic future as an array of alternatives. Through our learning and choices we collectively decide which future we get. Many indicators now point to structural faults in our social and economic systems, which, if not corrected, will severely reduce the potential for a quality future for our grandchildren.
So I have created this blog to invite grandparents and others to join me in considering what we might best do to help. As a writer I have a natural predisposition to present ideas in writing, so I have started the process, but I want you to join me.
May we together be more a part of the solution than we are part of the problem.