Journal of Futures Studies

CLA as Process: Mapping the Theory and Practice of the Multiple

by Marcus Bussey

ABSTRACT

This paper argues that Causal Layered Analysis aka CLA is a method of the multiple that offers a process–theory of knowledge that facilitates new becomings and alternative futures. It makes the case that agency and social learning are enhanced through understanding human contexts as layered and dynamic. To do so it draws on the work of French philosophers Deleuze and Guattari who offer the organic metaphor of the rhizome as a way to understand the hybrid and multiple nature of reality. CLA is an ideal vehicle for articulating this insight and enabling futures practitioners in their work to empower those in contexts to realise their preferred futures.

 

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ISSN 1027-6084