Journal of Futures Studies

Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives

Human Microevolution in Outer Space

June 27th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives | Comments Off on Human Microevolution in Outer Space

Abstract This article will argue that future outer space flight may cause micro-evolutionary changes to the human body, and will explain the nature of these changes from the point of view of evolutionary medicine. Initial adaptation will be protracted with considerable problems to long term outer space flight, especially inter-generational outer space travellers. The authors […]

Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Futures Studies Theories, Holisms and Integrative Theories, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight | Comments Off on Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

by Tom Lombardo Abstract Science fiction is the most visible and influential form of futurist thinking in contemporary popular culture. As futurist narrative, science fiction resonates with the psychological disposition to give meaning and purpose to life through stories; it facilitates total person immersion in the future;and it stimulates all the major dimensions of future consciousness. As the […]

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 […]

Seeing in Multiple Horizons: Connecting Futures to Strategy

January 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Seeing in Multiple Horizons: Connecting Futures to Strategy

by Andrew Curry & Anthony Hodgson ABSTRACT This paper describes a futures method called the “Three Horizons” which enables different futures and strategic methods to be integrated as and when appropriate. The method is still in development. It differs significantly from the original version described in the management literature a decade ago. The approach has several […]

Promoting Diversity in Long Term Policy Development: The SMARTT Case of Norway

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Futures Studies Methodologies | Comments Off on Promoting Diversity in Long Term Policy Development: The SMARTT Case of Norway

by Jan E. Karlsen & Erik F. Øverland ABSTRACT Through the description of significant challenges of Nordic educational and research policy with a particular focus upon the role of knowledge enhancement and innovation, this paper presents both a vision, a backcasting scenario approach and a political roadmap for future possible research and innovation policy at the Nordic […]

Creativity, Wisdom, and Our Evolutionary Future

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Creativity, Wisdom, and Our Evolutionary Future

by Thomas Lombardo ABSTRACT In this paper I develop an integrative theoretical framework for understanding creativity, synthesizing themes and principles derived from mythology and philosophy, the physical and biological sciences, psychology, social and economic history, technology, and art and the study of beauty. I demonstrate how the creative process is integral to natural and human evolution […]

Path Dependency and Path Creation in a Strategic Perspective

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Futures Studies Theories, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Path Dependency and Path Creation in a Strategic Perspective

by Tamás Gáspár ABSTRACT Social strategic activity faces many problems; this paper focuses on two of them. On the one hand path dependency and path creation are core but alternative issues in management literature. On the other hand many social communities (nations, regions, local municipalities) use the corporate methodology for strategic planning. The aims of the […]

Path Dependency and Path Creation: Continuity vs. Fundamental Change in National Economies

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Path Dependency and Path Creation: Continuity vs. Fundamental Change in National Economies

by Gerd Schienstock ABSTRACT Path dependency theory explains organizational, institutional, and political change processes mainly from a techno-economic view. The main argument here is that historic events in the past determine future paths. However, these developments often are inefficient. On this basis, it is hard to explain how completely new paths evolve. Therefore, this article focuses […]

Creating and Breaking Paths in Organizational Culture: A Cognitive-Evolutionary Perspective

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Creating and Breaking Paths in Organizational Culture: A Cognitive-Evolutionary Perspective

by Udo Staber ABSTRACT I discuss path dependence in organizational culture as an evolutionary process that is driven by a continuous stream of new variations, many of which lead to dead ends but are nevertheless important because they affect the fate of those variations that survive to the future. I conceptualize this process at the micro-level […]

Individual Path Dependency and Social Inertia: Facing the Crudeness of Sociology

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Individual Path Dependency and Social Inertia: Facing the Crudeness of Sociology

by Marc R. H. Roedenbeck ABSTRACT Path dependency research focuses on the path dependence of social and economic systems like markets. Different facets of self reinforcement have been tried to identify during their analysis. Recently, scholars transformed path dependency to organizational systems and enlarged the number of facets for self-reinforcement. Interestingly, early and newer path dependency […]


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