In the 21st century, futuring, the use of techniques to anticipate potential public issues, will give Extension the time needed to address emerging real-world issues before crises occur. Where do our current efforts fall short? We excel in planning, yet futuring can provide us options for change using anticipatory techniques to inform continual improvement. Futuring, timely and proactive planning tied to meaningful engagement with the people in each state, will result in Extension becoming "the catalyst for connecting people to the wealth of relevant knowledge and research residing within various colleges and disciplines of the university."
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Sobrero, P. M. (2004). Futuring: The Implementation of Anticipatory Excellence. The Journal of Extension, 42(2), Article 2. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol42/iss2/2