Journal of Futures Studies

Critical and Epistemological Foresight

#HackFutures: Futurist as Hacker

October 31st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Media, Communications and Foresight | Comments Off on #HackFutures: Futurist as Hacker

Abstract We live in strange times. We all know it. Some of us celebrate and play with the sense of vertigo being experienced whilst others tremble and attempt to limit the turbulence through various kinds of self-absorption. This contested space is very much alive and creative. Those choosing to play in this space are consciously […]

Taiwan Trap: New Stories Needed Rethinking Taiwan and China Futures

July 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight | Comments Off on Taiwan Trap: New Stories Needed Rethinking Taiwan and China Futures

Abstract This article takes a futures approach to the Taiwan/China relationship. It (1) explains the background and the competing international relations theories of the unique relationship between Taiwan and China, and (2) articulates four scenarios for the futures of Taiwan/China. Keywords: Scenarios, Causal Layered Analysis, International Relations, China, Taiwan View PDF

Reconceiving the Self and the Other: Possibilities Beyond the Seduction of Popularist and Authoritarian Polarities

April 15th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Macrohistory and Epochal Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Reconceiving the Self and the Other: Possibilities Beyond the Seduction of Popularist and Authoritarian Polarities

Abstract This article asserts that the recent attraction towards popularist and authoritarian solutions, that give voice to the fear of the other are merely the product of a system doing what it is designed to do. Given this context, it argues that dialectic thinking is insufficient as the basis for dialogue; that the conflation of […]

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 […]


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Journal of Futures Studies

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