Journal of Futures Studies

Action Research and Organizational Learning

Imaginal Visioning for Prophetic Foresight

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Case Studies, Foresight Field Building, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight | Comments Off on Imaginal Visioning for Prophetic Foresight

by Oliver Markley ABSTRACT This article makes the case that: a) Rational/analytic methods for futures research, foresight and planning need to be complemented by “imaginal” visioning methods that are based on higher intution—especially in times involving systemic disruptions and transformative change expected in the next decade and beyond; and b) “Prophetic” foresight, involving a moral or […]

Work in Progress Report on the Relevance of Rediscovering the Australian Bush Mechanic as a Credible Chiro-pedagogical Modality of Critical Futures Praxis

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Foresight Field Building, Innovation, Service Design and Enterprise, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on Work in Progress Report on the Relevance of Rediscovering the Australian Bush Mechanic as a Credible Chiro-pedagogical Modality of Critical Futures Praxis

by Paul Wildman Introduction In the context of critical futures praxis (CFP) as outlined in Dick and Wildman (2011) and with the spotlight on sustainability, globally and nationally, now is a key time to report on the development of a re-new-ed approach to critical futures praxis or ‘futuring’. This approach explores the uniquely Australian futuring concept […]

Manifesting Upside Recovery Instead of Downside Fear: Five Ways Megacrisis Anticipation Can Proactively Improve Futures Research and Social Policy

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Global Foresight, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation | Comments Off on Manifesting Upside Recovery Instead of Downside Fear: Five Ways Megacrisis Anticipation Can Proactively Improve Futures Research and Social Policy

by Oliver Markley Introduction By focusing on the possibility that society may be headed for a “mega-crisis,” Bill Halal and Michael Marien have opened up a very important line of inquiry. The purpose of this brief essay is to advance the further evolution of this debate, as well as the systemic improvement of futures research and […]

Getting Started in Educational Futuristics

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Education Futures, Futures Education | Comments Off on Getting Started in Educational Futuristics

by Arthur B. Shostak ABSTRACT K – 12 administrators, teachers, and students can better appreciate the learning rewards possible from Educational Futuristics through employ of action projects. Twelve are outlined below, each well suited to student age and course-specific adaptation. Affordable, engaging, and pragmatic, they combine fun with take away” lessons of lasting value. Careful to […]

Social Networks for Path Creation: Education for Sustainable Development Matters

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Social Networks for Path Creation: Education for Sustainable Development Matters

by Nina Kolleck, Gerhard de Haan & Robert Fischbach ABSTRACT This article suggests the role of social networks for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as an element of path creation. While past choices and past behavior influence the present, ESD helps to create new opportunities by promoting processes of learning related to sustainable development. To better […]

Research and Action toward the Upside of Down

March 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Leave A Comment »

by Oliver Markley Introduction Understanding that new times require new ways of thinking, this essay is addressed to “thought leaders” in various fields, but especially futures research, citizen activism, and the new types of social networking media. It is both methodological and substantive, introducing a new typology of disruptive surprises (“wild cards”); and focusing on one […]

Maroochy 2025 Community Visioning & Action: A Case Study of Anticipatory Action Learning Practices in Use Within Maroochy Shire , Queensland, Australia

August 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Social and Community Development Foresight, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Maroochy 2025 Community Visioning & Action: A Case Study of Anticipatory Action Learning Practices in Use Within Maroochy Shire , Queensland, Australia

by Steve Gould ABSTRACT This article provides a brief introduction to the Maroochy 2025 Community Visioning project, highlighting the benefits in using Anticipatory Action Learning approaches as a method of consultation. One of the many unique aspects of Maroochy 2025 has been the use of futures studies methods in conjunction with community and social planning approaches. […]

Maroochy 2025 Community Visioning & Action: A Case Study of Anticipatory Action Learning Practices in Use Within Maroochy Shire , Queensland, Australia

August 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Social and Community Development Foresight, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Maroochy 2025 Community Visioning & Action: A Case Study of Anticipatory Action Learning Practices in Use Within Maroochy Shire , Queensland, Australia

by Steve Gould ABSTRACT This article provides a brief introduction to the Maroochy 2025 Community Visioning project, highlighting the benefits in using Anticipatory Action Learning approaches as a method of consultation. One of the many unique aspects of Maroochy 2025 has been the use of futures studies methods in conjunction with community and social planning approaches. […]

Sustaining Human Aspiration: Action Learning Falkirk

August 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Sustaining Human Aspiration: Action Learning Falkirk

by Graham Leicester Introduction In late 2001 the BP Grangemouth refinery in the Falkirk area of central Scotland announced 1000 redundancies, throwing the local community into despair and attracting vocal criticism from local and national politicians for abandoning the region to its fate. Yet the community today boasts an ambitious programme of economic transformation under the […]

Shikshantar: The People’ s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development

August 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Shikshantar: The People’ s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development

by Manish Jain Introduction Our experiences in India indicate that the synthesis and growth of any exercise involving action research and futures exploration inherently depends on the mindsets of observer/researcher/facilitator and on the participants involved. We would like to propose that the future of action foresight (and our ability to live a more sustainable future) will […]


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