Journal of Futures Studies

Action Research and Organizational Learning

Co-Futuring Narratives for Toowoomba – A Regional Australian Community

October 31st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Case Studies, Urban Futures and City Foresight | Comments Off on Co-Futuring Narratives for Toowoomba – A Regional Australian Community

Abstract The futures of regional communities are a matter of worldwide concern. In Australia, given the rapidly changing nature of rural and regional communities, a futuring program was proposed to explore ‘community development’ scenarios guided by local stakeholder participation. The venue for our futuring research was the regional city of Toowoomba, in Queensland, Australia. Over […]

Mapping Planning and Engagement Systems Applied by Four Queensland City Futures Initiatives: How City Futures Tools and Methods Engage Across Multiple Contexts

January 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Case Studies | Comments Off on Mapping Planning and Engagement Systems Applied by Four Queensland City Futures Initiatives: How City Futures Tools and Methods Engage Across Multiple Contexts

Abstract This article maps critical factors of four influential South East Queensland City visioning and foresight initiatives conducted by the Cities of Maroochy, Logan, Gold Coast and Brisbane. A previous article in the March 2015 issue of Journal of Futures Studies gave a prima facie litany of the phases of the initiatives (including the Visions and Governance phases) […]

Let’s Talk about Success: A Proposed Foresight Outcomes Framework for Organizational Futurists

June 27th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Foresight Field Building | Comments Off on Let’s Talk about Success: A Proposed Foresight Outcomes Framework for Organizational Futurists

Let’s Talk about Success: A Proposed Foresight Outcomes Framework for Organizational Futurists

Abstract A Foresight Outcomes Framework is proposed as mechanism for organizational futurists to stimulate and frame dialogue about successful outcomes for the integration of foresight. It builds the framework upon a key assumption that the goal of the organizational futurist is to influence the decision- making process. It explores different levels of outcomes and identifies […]

The JRC Scenario Exploration System – From Study to Serious Game

March 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Political and Policy Foresight | Comments Off on The JRC Scenario Exploration System – From Study to Serious Game

By Laurent Bontoux,Daniel Bengtsson,Aaron Rosa and John A. Sweeney Abstract This report describes how the European Commission engaged in developing a serious game in order to engage stakeholders with foresight scenarios created to support the EU policy-making process. Four scenarios were created through a classic scenario building methodology (2X2 matrix), describing possible transitions towards a more sustainable future for the […]

Joint Research Center’s Scenario Exploration System

March 14th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Digital Exhibits, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Political and Policy Foresight, Slider | Comments Off on Joint Research Center’s Scenario Exploration System

Joint Research Center’s Scenario Exploration System

In December 2014, the Foresight and Behavioural Insights Unit at the European Commission’s DG Joint Research Centre began collaborating with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies and the Center for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies to develop a serious game as part of an ongoing foresight study. The JRC’s Scenario Exploration System (hereafter JRC […]

Engaging Futures 2030: Futures Methods Transforming Governance

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Case Studies | Comments Off on Engaging Futures 2030: Futures Methods Transforming Governance

by  Colin Russo Abstract During 2000-2015, Queensland Councils emerged from the darkness of ‘tokenistic’ community consultation processes articulated by Arnstein (1969). The work of community engagement professionals to update Council methods in line with advancing technology and in designing new business models and strategies for the governance of consultations is arguably still in its ‘teens’. […]

The Crystal Ball is not a Black Box: Futures Research in Scientific and Organizational Perspective

January 5th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Foresight Field Building | Comments Off on The Crystal Ball is not a Black Box: Futures Research in Scientific and Organizational Perspective

by Patrick van der Duin Introduction If there is one activity that needs to stay up to date on change and innovation, it is futures research. I argue that futures research can be innovated first of all by exploring the scientific nature of futures research, and then by approaching the variety of methods used in futures […]

Anticipatory Governance: Traditions and Trajectories for Strategic Design

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Futures Studies Methodologies, Participatory and Network Foresight, Political and Policy Foresight | Comments Off on Anticipatory Governance: Traditions and Trajectories for Strategic Design

by Jose M. Ramos ABSTRACT Over the course of the last half century, a number of practices were developed that connect foresight with governance. From the early development of technological forecasting and anticipatory democracy, to municipal and regional (local) approaches and futures commissions, to the more recent development of transition management, integrated governmental foresight, and […]

The Effects of Scenario Planning on Antecedents to Participant Engagement at Work

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Corporate and Managerial Foresight, Futures Studies Theories, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on The Effects of Scenario Planning on Antecedents to Participant Engagement at Work

by Helen Allison Hawkins& Thomas J. Chermack ABSTRACT This study sought to understand the effects of scenario planning on antecedents to participant employee engagement at work. The study used the Gallup Q12 as the measure of antecedents to engagement and was a quasi-experimental pretest / posttest with treatment and control group design. A comparison of the […]

Introduction to Narrative For Futures Studies

April 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Narrative Foresight | Leave A Comment »

by Vuokko Jarva ABSTRACT This article is inspired by Michel Godet’s recent comment about the gap between scenarios and action. In sections two to six I study narrative’s dimensions as tool for filling the gap between anticipation and action. Finally I comment on the tellability of future and why narrative has great potential. I conclude with […]


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