February 26, 2013 – June 19, 2013
Gaza 2050, a visioning exercise, provides an opportunity for Gaza students to envision an ideal future for the Gaza Strip and the strategies for achieving that vision. This is a FREE MOOC course open to ANYONE. Click below to start working with students from Gaza University, contributing your ideas and supporting the visioning process.
About the Course
Imagine that you are a time traveler and you travel into the future to the year 2050 to the Gaza of your dreams. In this ideal future, you are amazed at the transformation, and the first objective is to take detailed notes about what you see and hear to share with others back in 2013. What you don’t see, however, is the steps that needed to be taken in order to realize that future. We are not just talking about a wish list! How did you achieve this vision? Identifying the many pathways to that much desired future is the second objective in this class. As the late actor Christopher Reeves once remarked, at first dreams been impossible, then improbable, and finally inevitable. In this visioning exercise, you will describe ‘The Gaza We Want,’ and then consider the preconditions and stages for success.
Remember: Nothing is too small, too big, or too crazy for consideration if it can help us achieve our vision for the future!
There are two aspects in visioning. One side of the coin is the ‘hardware’ of peace and development, describing the nuts and bolts of the ideal Gaza in 2050. Hardware includes the roads, buildings, parks, fountains, bridges, housing, energy supplies, and so on. The other side of the coin is the ‘software’ of peace and development, and this is related to the laws, values, and social characteristics of the ideal Gaza. Will the future Palestinian state be religious or secular in nature? Will there be a spirit of unity in diversity and tolerance for difference? How will liberty, freedom, and justice, be defined, and what will be the relationship between men and women? These are just a sample of the types of questions that will arise in the discussions in this class.
This class, which is being offered to students at Gaza University, is also free and open to the general public. All those who have signed on to this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) course can fully participate in the lectures, readings, and post reflections.
For more info and registration visit: http://www.thecn.com/mooc101