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Abstract

In March 2009, the RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition hosted a workshop called “Shaping Tomorrow Today: Near-Term Steps Towards Long-Term Goals.” The workshop gave policymakers and analysts an opportunity to explore new methods and tools that can help improve long-term decisionmaking. The intent was to conduct this exploration collaboratively, drawing from many countries a mixed group of tool builders, analysts, planners, decisionmakers and interested lay observers. Their task was to consider how analysts and policymakers can determine when it is important to make long-term (as opposed to short-term) decisions, how to make better long-term decisions, and how best to support policymakers in thinking long term, using as case studies the areas of education, international policy, and climate change. These conference proceedings summarize the main discussions and presentations that took place during the two days of the workshop and include the papers written for workshop participants. They will be of interest to anyone engaged in the study and practice of thinking and acting meaningfully over the long term, with particular reference to problems faced by planners and policymakers in public institutions of governance.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Shaping Tomorrow Today Workshop: An Overview

  • Chapter Two

    Evaluating and Implementing Long-Term Decisions

    Robert J. Lempert and Paul C. Light

  • Chapter Three

    Long-Term Global Challenges in education: Are There Feasible Steps Today?

    Lant Pritchett

  • Chapter Four

    International Policy

    Gregory F. Treverton

  • Chapter Five

    Setting Appropriate Goals: A Priority, Long-Term Climate-Policy Decision

    Robert J. Lempert

  • Appendix

    Workshop Agenda

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