Horizon Report for Cooperative Extension System to Prepare for the Future

Even if we cannot predict the future, how can we prepare for it?

The eXtension Foundation and the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Innovation Task Force is partnering with The New Media Consortium (NMC) to seek answers to this question. Together they will lead 56 expert panelists selected from a national search to create a custom Horizon Report for Cooperative Extension.

To date, NMC has created a number of reports for K-12, Higher Education, Educause, museums and educational systems in many countries. Called “Horizon” because they look only five years out—the scope of the horizon—the partners and experts review futurist research and identify key emerging trends, technologies and methodologies that are likely to impact Extension in the upcoming year, the second and third year, and the fourth and fifth years ahead.

Leadership for this effort is shared by Jerry Thomas, PhD,Director, eXtension I-Three Labs and Leader, Innovation and Change at The Ohio State University and eXtension; Christine Geith, PhD, CEO of eXtension; and Keith L. Smith, retired Director of Cooperative Extension at The Ohio State University, now Chair of the new ECOP Innovation Task Force.

Work on the Horizon Report for Cooperative Extension is currently underway, and it is scheduled to be completed in September 2016 with initial results presented at the September National Extension Directors (NEDA) Meeting. More information about the process can be found in the document, eXtension Horizon Report Lab Project 2016.