Journal of Futures Studies

Alternative Futures at the Manoa School

by Jim Dator

ABSTRACT

This essay explains and illustrates how the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies of the Political Science Department of the University of Hawaii at Manoa conceives of and uses “alternative futures”. The design and conduct of a “futures visioning process,” of which experiencing “four generic alternative futures” (continuation, collapse, discipline, transformation) and envisioning preferred futures are essential parts, is described in some detail.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084