Ontario’s 21 universities are sparking a conversation about the future. The pace of change is rapid and accelerating. Disruptive technology, demographic shifts and globalization bring tremendous opportunities, but all that uncertainty can also make people anxious. Universities want to have a conversation with the public about what we can all do together to help shape tomorrow, and to make sure no one is left behind in this fast-changing world.
Universities want to hear from everyone who shares their interest in the future of Ontario. Universities want to tap into the hopes and aspirations as well as the concerns about the future of students and parents, but also businesses, health and social service agencies, arts and cultural creators, not-for-profits, researchers, municipal governments and more.
Universities are asking students, parents, faculty, employees and the public to take our survey on the future at ontariosuniversities.ca, and also to share their ideas about creating a brighter future through a series of one-on-one meetings, roundtables and discussions universities will be holding over the coming academic year.
We have created a discussion booklet that we hope will spark the dialogue. It can be found at ontariosuniversties.ca and contains several conversation starters on a variety of subjects, but we know the conversation is limited only by imagination.
Ontarians can also send their feedback by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or they can share their ideas through a variety of social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Instagram - at @futuringON or by searching Ontario’s Universities.
Universities will be distilling those ideas and concerns and reporting back to the public through the ontariosuniversities.ca website, social media and in a series of reports.
To continue the dialogue about how we can create a brighter future for everyone, universities will hold a summit in 2017.