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Lighting up the future for children: Balancing urgent needs and future opportunities


"Lighting Up the Future for Children" is a collaborative, strategic planning tool designed to help communities, leaders, nonprofits and funders envision and create a bright, child-centric future together. This resource serves as a map for the next decade for children, considering existing social, technological and natural forces already shaping our reality and likely to grow in influence between now and 2035, and shares what the future could look like, depending on current decisions and level of community involvement. These forecasts represent the possible result of different strategic choices and actions taken to improve conditions for children, families and communities. A resource for child-centered organizations, funders, nonprofits and communities can use this map as a foresight tool to look at a longer-term view of the issues impacting children, to better navigate rapidly evolving landscapes. It can be used to spark collaborative visioning, planning, action and reflection. The map was created by the Institute for the Future using findings from their extensive research and insights collected from more than 2,000 community partners who participated in WKKF's year of listening in 2023. (author abstract)

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