Journal of Futures Studies

Critical and Epistemological Foresight

How ‘Development’ Promotes Redundant Visions: The Case of the Queen’s Wharf Casino Project, Brisbane

November 28th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight | Comments Off on How ‘Development’ Promotes Redundant Visions: The Case of the Queen’s Wharf Casino Project, Brisbane

Abstract  Pathways toward ‘overshoot and collapse’ futures are not always or exclusively determined by international trends, national governments, wars and large-scale events. While these gain considerable attention their overall impact is arguably no greater than the constant ‘drip, drip, drip’ of conventional decision-making around more mundane activities that fall under familiar headings like ‘business strategy’, […]

Adopting a Transdisciplinary Attitude in the Classroom, to Create a Viable Future

March 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Holisms and Integrative Theories | Comments Off on Adopting a Transdisciplinary Attitude in the Classroom, to Create a Viable Future

By Marie-Laure Mimoun-Sorel Abstract To change our future we have to change the way our society educates children. Our modern system of education is mainly interested in formatting children to serve growth, consumption and competition. Over the years, the person has been erased to become a function to nourish blinded consumerism. This way of thinking and doing has participated […]

The Wrath of Gaia vs. the Second Coming of Science: Beyond Interstellar’s Dualistic Narrative

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on The Wrath of Gaia vs. the Second Coming of Science: Beyond Interstellar’s Dualistic Narrative

by José M. Ramos Introduction This essay was inspired by the possibility that futures studies methods, theories and frameworks could shed some light on science fiction, in particular contemporary science fiction cinema – to act as a window into contemporary culture. Much is written about our future from the vantage point of futures studies, from literature on megatrends to […]

Science Fiction and Bodies of the Future: Alternative Gender Realities in Hollywood Cinema

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Gender Futures | Comments Off on Science Fiction and Bodies of the Future: Alternative Gender Realities in Hollywood Cinema

by Rocío Carrasco  & Mercedes García Ordaz  & Francisco José Martínez López Abstract The science fiction genre has traditionally exemplified alternative forms of sexuality and/ or gender identities, providing with the ideal forum for any criticism on gender biased societies and behaviors. Taking into account that futures are always based on the present and the ways it is envisioned, we will […]

Healing Ourselves and Healing the World: Consumerism and the Culture of Addiction

March 14th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Ethics, Futures and the Commons | Comments Off on Healing Ourselves and Healing the World: Consumerism and the Culture of Addiction

by Duncan M. Taylor & David Segal For many people the meaning of their lives is derived through consumerism. Hence, any shift from a consumer to a conserver society is often met with both resistance as well as denial. However, as subsystems of the larger social and biophysical systems we are progressively being forced to change the way […]

Toilet Futures: Sustainability, Scenarios and Climate Change Futures

March 14th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight | Leave A Comment »

by Marcus Bussey Abstract This paper seeks to explore the concept “sustainable culture” by exploring the metaphorical possibilities inherent to the toilet. It offers an analysis of the toilet as both a technology and a symbol of (Western/pure) culture via an application of CLA to the problem with (and promise of) shit. Following this the paper offers a […]

Using Systems Thinking to Create more Impactful Social Policy

January 5th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Futures Studies Methodologies, Health Futures, Political and Policy Foresight | Comments Off on Using Systems Thinking to Create more Impactful Social Policy

by Julia Canty-Waldron Abstract This article proposes that “systems thinking” offers a way of (a) diagnosing the potential effectiveness of social policy and (b) of creating more impactful social policy. In particular, Donella Meadows’ “twelve places to intervene” (Meadows 1999) have been used as the basis of creating a tool to this end. Meadows’ 12 places […]

Bad Language: Emerging Issues in Electronic Discourse

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Research in Progress, Technology Futures | Comments Off on Bad Language: Emerging Issues in Electronic Discourse

by Rex Troumbley Introduction This project considers the conditions necessary for the concept of “bad language” and several issues which are emerging as a result of their regulation in electronic discourse. Building on the theories of Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong, this project demonstrates how varying dominant communicative technologies have molded consciousness and created different types […]

Climate Change and Futures Epistemologies: Tensions, Trends and Possibilities in Climate Discourses Epitomised by Three Prominent Climate Experts

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Social Movements and Visions | Comments Off on Climate Change and Futures Epistemologies: Tensions, Trends and Possibilities in Climate Discourses Epitomised by Three Prominent Climate Experts

by Stephen McGrail ABSTRACT In the early-to-mid 2000s climate change became the preeminent sustainability issue, as climate scientists and modellers spoke authoritatively on long-term futures. More recently social responses to climate change have become more muted. This narrative-based inquiry presents a description and examination of the experiences and research programs of three prominent climate experts – […]

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 […]


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