Journal of Futures Studies

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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) […]

An Analysis of Queensland City Futures Initiatives: Using CLA to Analyse Processes of Planning and Engagement

November 28th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Urban Futures and City Foresight | Comments Off on An Analysis of Queensland City Futures Initiatives: Using CLA to Analyse Processes of Planning and Engagement

Abstract This article applies Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) to analyse critical factors of four influential South East Queensland City visioning and foresight initiatives conducted by the Cities of Maroochy, Logan, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Previous articles in the March 2015 issue and the September 2016 of Journal of Futures Studies gave a prima facie litany […]

Forcing the Design of Fictional Futures: From Theory to Cases Implementation

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Case Studies, Foresight Field Building, Innovation, Service Design and Enterprise | Comments Off on Forcing the Design of Fictional Futures: From Theory to Cases Implementation

by Patrick Corsi Abstract In the face of fast growing concerns for sustainability in all wakes of human endeavor around the planet, this paper aims to support a generative process for exploring futures conceptions and seeks to contribute to professional futurists’ design abilities. It is a contribution to connect practical social and business innovation with actionable futures thinking. The […]

Chasing Black Swans through Science Fiction: Surprising Future Events in the Stories of a Finnish Writing Competition

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Futures Studies Methodologies, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Chasing Black Swans through Science Fiction: Surprising Future Events in the Stories of a Finnish Writing Competition

by Toni Ahlqvist  & Tuomo Uotila & Olli Hietanen Abstract In the paper we analyse the notion of ‘black swan’ as popularised by Taleb (2007). We propose that in the context of the futures’ imagination, a black swan can be defined as hybrid that integrates local knowledge with multiple temporal scales, combining past, present and future tenses. As empirical material, we analyse […]

What in the World? Storyworlds, Science Fiction, and Futures Studies

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Case Studies, Media, Communications and Foresight, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on What in the World? Storyworlds, Science Fiction, and Futures Studies

by Peter von Stackelberg & Alex McDowell Abstract This article looks at how futures studies can use storyworlds to address some of the challenges the field faces. It provides an overview of social constructionism, integral theory/integral futures,and sense-making in the context of the current evolution of futures methodologies. This article also examines the role of narratives generally and science fiction […]

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’. […]

Asian Urbanization Futures: Nine Practitioner Recommendations

June 19th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Innovation, Service Design and Enterprise, Urban Futures and City Foresight | Comments Off on Asian Urbanization Futures: Nine Practitioner Recommendations

by Steven Gale and Teresa Leonardo and Mariko Sato and Joseph D’Cruz Introduction Much has been written about rapid urbanization in Asia by scholars, academics, and theorists, alongside volumes about how Asian cities are handling this unprecedented population surge. The majority of Asia’s population, close to 2 billion, are now urban dwellers. But what is on the mind of […]

Chaos Theory and Socio-Economic Renewal in Hungary

June 19th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives | Comments Off on Chaos Theory and Socio-Economic Renewal in Hungary

by  Erzsébet Nováky and Miklós Orosz Abstract We utilised methods of chaos theory that were originally used in a 1990’s study to analyse the behaviour of various Hungarian socio-economic macro indicators, both historically and their expected behaviour in the future. In this study, we present the method adapted to PC and the behaviour of the selected […]

Asynchronous Online Foresight Panels: The Case of Wildfire Management

June 19th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Futures Studies Methodologies | Comments Off on Asynchronous Online Foresight Panels: The Case of Wildfire Management

by David N. Bengston and Robert L. Olson Abstract Text-based asynchronous online conferencing involves structured online discussion and deliberation among multiple participants from multiple sites in which there is a delay in interaction between contributors. This method has been widely used for a variety of purposes in higher education and other settings, but has not been commonly […]

Using a Futures Method to Improve an Older Adult’s Computer Learning Program: Lessons for a Beginning Futurist

March 14th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Education Futures, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on Using a Futures Method to Improve an Older Adult’s Computer Learning Program: Lessons for a Beginning Futurist

by Michael Nycyk Introduction Computers, especially the Internet, have had a significant role in changing human behaviours. A healthy knowledge-based net-society, with widespread computer and other technologies use, is a desirable future goal that potentially brings benefits to society (Duma & Monda, 2013). This must include older adults, those over 60 years of age, who are […]


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