(Cover image of famous leaders): By Jobas [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Vision Activity
Famous leaders
Encourage students to provide as many details to their entries as they can, which deepens the visualization process. For example, how do your countries interact with others? How are they interrelated? What is happening specifically? What does trade, education, or tourism look like? How do people solve problems?

Part 2b: Where are we going?

Discuss: What do Martin Luther King, Adolph Hitler, John F. Kennedy, and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? Vision. Whether achieving equality, world domination, sending a man to the moon, or creating a new age of communication, these people had vision. Accept that for better or worse, visionaries have one thing in common: they can imagine exactly what they wanted the world to look like in detail. Clarity in vision can transcend adversity, poverty, and even geography.

Activity: Have students practice creating a new and clear vision of what they want their future to look like using present tense wording.
  1. Begin by discussing your desired state of the world, and write ideas on the whiteboard.
  2. Next, using present tense verbs, visualize future situations that support this vision. Write detailed descriptions that include as many sensory elements as possible. For example, instead of writing “there is no terrorism,” try writing “people are traveling safely because terror groups are no longer attacking citizens, airport lines move quickly, TV news reports no longer feature stories of bombings, or governments implement policies that have benefit for all.” Instead of writing “there is no poverty,” try writing “once dangerous neighborhoods are now calm and quiet, community spaces are filled with families socializing, children ride their bikes around freely without fearing for their safety.”

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