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July 28, 2011

Strategic Trends for 2020: The world in which our children will live

At a time when the global information environment is oversaturated with end-of-the-world messages, young scholars propose a different view of the world in 2025 and how we might get there. Over 4-15 July 2011, ICPS analysts ran an all-Ukrainian summer school on innovative projects for young scholars of the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, titled “Strategic Trends for 2025: The world in which our children will live.” The school took place in Rosokhy, a village in Starosambirskiy County in L’viv Oblast.

ICPS analysts put together the curriculum for the school: Roman Basalyha, Maxim Boroda, Nataliya Borodchuk, Ildar Gazizullin, Alina Hudzovska, Larion Lozoviy, Vira Nanivska, Iryna Patronyk, Marta Semeryak, Ihor ShevliakovVivica Williams.

During the course of two weeks, participants worked under the guidance of three experienced trainers: ICPS analysts Iryna Patronyk, Alina Gudzovska and Roman Basalyga. The young scholars defined and analyzed key environmental trends that are already visible today and determined what the world might look like in the future: exhausted resources, growing volumes of garbage and pollution across the planet, climate change, and the environmentalization of economies. The young analysts also worked on a template for preparing analytical papers in specially organized working groups of five. Over the two weeks, they prepared 20 presentations of their vision of the future world they wanted to live in, the problems that stand in the way of this vision, the cost of leaving these problems unresolved, the decisions needed to reach the desired state, obstacles, and stakeholders.

Take a look at the combined presentation called “Strategic Trends for 2020: The world in which our children will live.” (ukr)

Summer school participants also watched a series of video lessons from world-renowned ecologists, economists and scholars. They illustrated a presentation of all these trends called “Does the environment belong to humanity?” in literary thumbnails, photographs and land-art installations.

All the materials of the summer school can be downloaded in an archival format