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About Us

Facing the Future is an international leader whose mission is to create tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future. We are a self-sustaining program of Western Washington University.

In a world where the lives of our neighbors next door are inextricably linked to those of our neighbors abroad, students need to understand the linkages between local and global issues, and how they can personally help to build positive local and global communities.

We empower teachers with the resources they need to ignite their students’ interest in complex global issues while helping them achieve academically. Our approach is positive and solutions-oriented, and our business model is systemic and leveraged: Facing the Future programming reaches hundreds of thousands of students each year at a cost of less than $3 per student.



Our Mission

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Our Team

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Big Ideas We Address

Delve into the complex global and local Big Ideas we address.

Our Supporters

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the types of resources that we offer, how our curriculum is developed, the educational standards that our resources address, and how you can get involved with our organization.


About Us

We equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future through hands-on curricula and professional learning.

Facing the Future is an
independent program of WWU