Journal of Futures Studies

Forward Theatre and Causal Layered Analysis

by Sabina Head

ABSTRACT

Storytelling may be useful for communicating futures content to newcomers. Performance is a richly illustrative story demonstration that engages the audience through a greater variety of the senses; it can show scenarios existing in a functioning world, if a temporary one. Causal layered analysis reveals a story’s depth of innovation, offering spaces to examine dialogue and action that display behaviour informed by discourse and underlying beliefs and metaphors. Particular emphasis is given to the link between individual balancing behaviours of power (described here as high and low status transactions) and the discourses they represent. Other aspects of communication are briefly examined.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084