Dr. Kenneth Bausch of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras will be leading a global online course to re-examine “The Predicament of Mankind.” In collaboration with Professor Janet McIntyre Flinders University’s Institute of Public Policy and Management, students may register for academic credit for participation in the course. Students wishing to do so will need to arrange approval of the transfer of credits from Flinder University to international study programs of their home institutions. Professor McIntyre can be reached at janet.mcintyre@flinders.edu.au.

The five-week, online group learning course will be focused on the 49 systemic problems reported by Hasan Özbekhan in the 1970 classic document, The Predicament of Mankind: A Quest for Structured Responses to Growing World-Wide Complexities and Uncertainties.

This document was the basis for the launch of a celebrated global think tank that was called The Club of Rome. Unfortunately, the classic foundation for the think tank remains a contemporary document. International institutions configured for "telling" in the 1970s are only now reorganizing themselves to support change through the power of structured inquiry. The subtext for our course will be a reflection on the nature of the global situation and the structural context for meaningful action.

This course will also introduce and make use of specialized online group learning tools based on Structured Dialogic DesignSM. The course is based upon online learning models developed by Galye Underwood , the Institute’s International Education Specialist, in concert with Dr. Alexander Christakis and the CWA practice center. Gayle will be joined in supporting Dr. Bausch’s class by Drs. Tom Flanagan, Jackie Wasilewski, Janet McIntyre, Barbara and others.

The Institute for 21st Century Agoras has reserved 6 seats on a "no-cost/no-credit" basis to extend the diversity of the participation of the class in keeping with an objective of seeking “requisite diversity” in collaborative dialogue. The result of this experimental online class will be reported through the Agoras eBuzz, and decision about extending the class into the future will be made at that time.

Note: Gayle Underwood brings 15 years of experience in education to online learning projects. She is the senior technology integration consultant for the Allegan Area Education Service Agency and is recognized for her leadership in Universal Design for Learning in Michigan schools. Internationally, Gayle has been supporting online learning for Turkish and Greek communities in the island of Cyprus and is working with Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) and the Advancement of Maori Opportunity (AMO) to enhance interaction and communication among indigenous people throughout the world.