Creating America's Future

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $50.21
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 22%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $50.21   
  • New (4) from $66.87   
  • Used (2) from $50.21   


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.

Read More Show Less

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Creating the Future—Why and How Chapter 2 Chapter 1: America—The Beautiful Future: A Vision and Connected Strategies Needed Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Need for Futures Thinking Chapter 4 Chapter 3: General Procedure for Futures Design and Planning Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Creating America's Future in Schools and Colleges: An Approach Part 6 Part II: America's Future—One Vision Chapter 7 Chapter 5: One Vision of America's Future Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Energy: Available and Explored for Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Health and Human Services: Sickness and Wellness Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Transportation: Traveling Within and Without America Chapter 11 Chapter 9: Commerce, Labor, and the Treasury: Building Business and Industry with Labor and Money Chapter 12 Chapter 10: Housing and Urban Development: The Homeless to City Rebirth Chapter 13 Chapter 11: The Education System: Schools, Teachers, and Topics Chapter 14 Chapter 12: Arts and Humanities and Entertainment: Painting and Sculpture for all Citizens Chapter 15 Chapter 13: Science and Exploration: Ocean Floors to Moon Dust Chapter 16 Chapter 14: Environment and Interior: Air, Parks, Streams, and Wildlife Chapter 17 Chapter 15: Agriculture: Farming with Land, Water, and Climate Chapter 18 Chapter 16: Foreign and International Affairs and Defense: Intelligence, Development, Protection, and Attack Chapter 19 Chapter 17: The Law and Justice System: Equity, Judgment, and Punishment Chapter 20 Chapter 18: Processes and Epilogue Chapter 21 Appendix A: Public and Non Profit Sector Leaders' Discussion Agenda Chapter 22 Appendix B: Private Sector—Corporate Futures Planning Chapter 23 Appendix C: Teacher's Discussion Guide

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)