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About this issue A Publication of the World Future Society Editorial Staff Looking Back to Look Ahead Edward Cornish Editor In this issue, Gene Stephens, THE FUTURIST’s longtime con- Cynthia G. waGnEr tributing editor on criminal justice, reexamines the measures he Managing Editor proposed a dozen years ago to improve the prospects for at-risk PatriCk tuCkEr youth. To help him evaluate and update those earlier strategies, Senior Editor Stephens conducted a Delphi poll of experts. aaron M. CohEn, riCk doCksai Staff Editors The first step in his Delphi poll was to assess the factors that have LanE JEnninGs the most impact on young people’s life prospects. Stephens reports, Research Director “The most critical factors, according to the group, are teenage preg- Lisa Mathias nancy, child abuse, chronic truancy, drug and alcohol abuse, and Art Director crime and delinquency.” Next, the experts evaluated the approaches Contributing EditorS used to turn around the negative impacts of these factors. The single CLEMEnt BEzoLd, Government most important strategy, the group concluded, was to improve par- tsvi Bisk, Strategic Thinking enting education — that is, to teach young people the techniques of irvinG h. BuChEn, Training good parenting before they actually become parents. PEtEr EdEr, Marketing and Communications Since the risks to youth are different around the world, Stephens JoyCE Gioia-hErMan, Workforce/Workplace offers ideas on how to improve prospects for children facing such BarBara Marx huBBard, Images of Man dangers as abduction into the military or slavery. (See “Youth at Risk: A JosEPh P. Martino, Technological Forecasting New Plan for Saving the World’s Most Precious Resource,” page 16.) Jay s. MEndELL, Innovation Trend analysis is another vital futurist tool, as illustrated by JosEPh n. PELton, Telecommunications Eric Meade in his article “Scanning the Future of Law Enforce- arthur B. shostak, Utopian Thought ment” (page 22). Often the forces affecting us are complicated and david P. snydEr, Lifestyles overlapping, so a trend analysis allows us to focus on a topic GEnE stEPhEns, Criminal Justice through various lenses, such as technological, demographic, or tiMothy wiLLard, Biofutures political components. In deploying this tec
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