Issue 8 – MI@50 in the year 2033 ?

August 11, 2023

Do you wonder what the future holds for the idea of multiple intelligences?

What will the headlines say about MI in the year 2033?

What might happen in the next 10, 20 or even 40 more years?

In the footsteps of Howard Gardner’s introduction of MI theory in 1983, I launched The MIDAS project with two questions in mind. 

     First, can standardized evidence be gathered to test and demonstrate the essential validity of MI theory? 

Second, can a person’s self-report provide an MI profile that will be useful for both educational and counseling purposes? Can MIDAS be a tool to help to achieve that lofty goal of developing human potential?

 As this work continues during the 40th anniversary of MI theory, I am intrigued by peoples’ reflections on the value of both MI and MIDAS to their personal and professional lives. I am now wondering about what hurdles and opportunities will present themselves in the future? Forty years ago MI needed to prove itself in the marketplace of ideas in psychology and education. What is needed for the next 10 years?

Imagine if you could write headline topics for an MI@50 Newsletter in 2033, what would be the top news —for you and for the world? What is within the realm of possibility? Some people might write MI’s obituary while others praise a significant breakthrough that transforms classrooms, schools of education, parenting, management, and counseling. While still others might wonder at the slow adoption of MI-type thinking as neuroscience evidence evolves and filters through society.

I invite you to consider the path of MI (and MIDAS) into the future. 

Send me a headline and a paragraph or more describing what you think could happen and any specific ideas about what the next best steps might be to further the MI project to develop human potential (personal, professional or in the world-at-large). Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) play a role in achieving this goal?

Your reflections (projections!) on MI@50 in the news in 2033 will be gathered for a concluding issue of MI@40 Newsletter.


Thomas Armstrong, Tom Hoerr, Branton Shearer, Howard Gardner during MI@30 presentation at ASCD Conference in Boston, MA

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