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Book 8 | Shaping our Global Future

A guide for young people


Derek Brown


Young people worry about the future world they will live in: personal futures, families and jobs. But they also worry about their global futures. The possibilities and challenges ahead appear overwhelming. It can be difficult to get a good understanding of things when experts disagree.


By the year 2100, human beings will have had to deal with some major global challenges; for example, wars and terrorism, pandemics, climate change and lack of resources. To tackle such problems, we shall have to build on our successes so far. We need to learn to solve these global challenges and face things that threaten our collective future.


This guide to human achievements and future challenges is designed to help young people consider the future their children and grandchildren will inhabit. The author, Derek Brown, presents the book as a letter to his 16 year-old daughter thus making it accessible and informal. It is written as a map of ideas about future global issues, with links to articles and reports available on-line, thus allowing young people to explore issues for themselves.


Biographical details


Derek Brown is a teacher whose first job in international education shaped his ideas about the importance of global citizenship. Back in Scotland, he led a government funded project to promote education for global citizenship - the Inspiring Enquiring Minds project. Latterly, he was a head teacher in Aberdeen and currently works as Head of Education in a Scottish local authority, where one of his key roles is to help young people achieve positive outcomes from their education. Education for future citizenship has always been a key theme in his work. However, he writes this book in a private capacity - more as a father than an educator - and he dedicates his Postcard from Scotland to his 16 year old daughter to help her face the challenges, and opportunities, of our global future.