Journal of Futures Studies

Enlisting Futures Studies in a Democratic Vision of Progress Program

by Mike Salvaris

Introduction

The United Nations Development Program opened its 1996 report with these words:

Human advance is conditioned by our conception of progress … [It is time to end] the mismeasure of human progress by economic growth alone. The paradigm shift in favour of sustainable human development is still in the making. But more and more policy makers in many countries are reaching the unavoidable conclusion that, to be valuable and legitimate, development progress — both nationally and internationally — must be people centred, equitably distributed, and environmentally and socially sustainable. (UNDP, 1996)(continue…)

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ISSN 1027-6084