Journal of Futures Studies

Professionalizing foresight: Why do it, where it stands, and what needs to be done

by Andy Hines&Jeff Gold

ABSTRACT

This article advocates for the professionalization of foresight as beneficial to development  of the field. It offers three reasons why: providing a focus for field-building, aiding  credibility, and attracting talent. It then explores the current state of professionalization by  assessing where foresight stands against the standard criteria of a profession. It concludes  with recommendations on what needs to be done and how to proceed, suggesting social  constructionism as a guiding perspective and five projects or initiatives to guide the process.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084