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The Next Generations

Eric Meade, on the Authentic Futures Blog, has forecast the coming generations. Applying Strauss and Howe’s theory of a cycle of four “types” of generations, Meade looks forward the next 50 years to forecast what he dubs the Globals (2004-2026) and the Spirituals (2027-2049) and speculates on their world view and behavior. James Chung and Susy Wilkening write in “Life Stages of the Museum Visitor” how different generations interact with museums in characteristic ways. Take a look at Meade’s article, and think about how the characteristics he forecasts for coming generations may shape our field.

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