Creating America's Future

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Overview

American citizens assume that the future for this country will be a future much like the past-beautiful in many respects. This optimistic view is now countered by those who see a country in decay, struggling to address problems in health care, education, the environment, international affairs, and other sectors.

This book calls on citizens and their leaders to build the future they most desire. The future should not happen to citizens but instead be created by citizens. In part one, this book examines the reasons for future building and the processes for doing so through interactive public sector-private sector dialogue and by applying methods of continuous improvement, reengineering, and visioning. In part two, Ziegenfuss presents scenarios of America's future that include the country's points of decay, trends, vision, and strategies in each of the "parts of America," meaning energy, health care, transportation, business, housing and urban development, education, arts and entertainment, science, environment, agriculture, international affairs and defense, and law and justice. Public and private citizens, especially students, teachers, and planners are encouraged to lead the debates with hope and vision, defining the future they most desire.

About the Author:
James T. Ziegenfuss, Jr. is Professor of Management and Health Care Systems in the graduate programs in public and health administration at Pennsylvania State University. Professor Ziegenfuss's previous book with University Press of America, Customer Friendly: The Organizational Architecture of Service is winner of the Choice 2007 Award for Outstanding Academic Title

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761841142
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/7/2008
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James T. Ziegenfuss, Jr. is Professor of Management and Health Care Systems in the graduate programs in public and health administration at Pennsylvania State University. Professor Ziegenfuss's previous book with University Press of America, Customer Friendly: The Organizational Architecture of Service is winner of the Choice 2007 Award for Outstanding Academic Title.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     xi
Creating the Future-Why and How
America-The Beautiful Future: A Vision and Connected Strategies Needed     1
The Need for Futures Thinking     11
General Procedure for Futures Design and Planning     21
Creating America's Future in Schools and Colleges: An Approach     37
America's Future-One Vision
One Vision of America's Future     51
Energy: Available and Explored for     63
Health and Human Services: Sickness and Wellness     73
Transportation: Traveling Within and Without America     83
Commerce, Labor, and the Treasury: Building Business and Industry with Labor and Money     93
Housing and Urban Development: The Homeless to City Rebirth     115
The Education System: Schools, Teachers, & Topics     125
Arts and Humanities and Entertainment: Paintings and Sculpture for all Citizens     135
Science and Exploration: Ocean Floors to Moon Dust     145
Environment and Interior: Air, Parks, Streams, and Wildlife     155
Agriculture: Farming with Land, Water, and Climate     165
Foreign and International Affairs and Defense: Intelligence, Development, Protection, and Attack     177
The Law andJustice System: Equity, Judgement, and Punishment     199
Processes and Epilogue     211
Public and Non Profit Sector Leaders' Discussion Agenda     215
Private Sector-Corporate Futures Planning     217
Teacher's Discussion Guide     219
Notes     221
Index     227
About the Author     229
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