Journal of Futures Studies

Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives

Towards a “Planned Path Emergence” View on Future Genesis

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Theories, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Towards a “Planned Path Emergence” View on Future Genesis

by Victor Tiberius ABSTRACT In this paper, path dependence theory, path breaking, and path creation are discussed in order to provide an additional view to the study of future technological, economic, social, and organizational change. Path dependence theory can be ascribed to both contingent and deterministic views of change, whereas path breaking and path creation stress […]

Towards a "Planned Path Emergence" View on Future Genesis

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Theories, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Towards a "Planned Path Emergence" View on Future Genesis

by Victor Tiberius ABSTRACT In this paper, path dependence theory, path breaking, and path creation are discussed in order to provide an additional view to the study of future technological, economic, social, and organizational change. Path dependence theory can be ascribed to both contingent and deterministic views of change, whereas path breaking and path creation stress […]

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 […]

Russian Philosophical Cosmology: One Step Backward and Two Steps Forward-Approaching the Universal Evolutionary Future

November 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives | Comments Off on Russian Philosophical Cosmology: One Step Backward and Two Steps Forward-Approaching the Universal Evolutionary Future

by Konstantin S. Khroutski Introduction During the Fifth Asian Bioethics Conference in Tsukuba, Professor Hyakudai Sakamoto, a leading Eastern expert in bioethics, while presenting his outlook for the future development of global bioethics, proclaimed the fundamental necessity of “a new humanism without human-centrism”, as a overriding way in harmonizing (or, “bargaining”) “every kind of antagonistic values […]

The Era of Evolutionary Governance

November 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Political and Policy Foresight, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on The Era of Evolutionary Governance

by Walter Truett Anderson Introduction The theme of evolutionary governance is arising often in the public discourse now- usually either in regard to some aspect of biotechnology, or in connection with our modifications of ecosystems through climate change and other interventions. It is a favorite subject of science fiction writers who weave marvelous tales about future […]

Powerful Memes from 1957 –Footprints of Conscious Evolution?

November 7th, 2004  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Leadership and Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Powerful Memes from 1957 –Footprints of Conscious Evolution?

by Jan Lee Martin Introduction Will social historians of the future track the paths of memes from generation through generation, as today’s scientists track genes? If they do, there’s one amazing 20th century conference that’s bound to attract their attention. It had a star-studded cast. Initiated by historian Pitirim Sorokin and chaired by psychologist Abraham Maslow, […]

Neuro-Futures: The Brain, Politics, and Power

November 7th, 2004  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Health Futures, Political and Policy Foresight, Transhumanism | Comments Off on Neuro-Futures: The Brain, Politics, and Power

by Jake Dunagan Abstract This paper takes the human brain as the central site in rapidly changing political, economic, and ethical landscapes. Advancing neural technologies are shaking the foundations of self and society. The architecture and functioning of our brains are becoming a matter of choice. Understanding the background and implications of this choice might help […]

Social Evolution and the Planetary Crisis

August 22nd, 2004  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Social Evolution and the Planetary Crisis

by Jay Earley Abstract This article provides perspective on today’s planetary crisis by seeing it as a transition within the larger picture of human social evolution. There are certain ground qualities that were present at the beginnings of our social evolution – natural living, belonging, vitality, community, equality. Over the span of human history certain emergent […]

Coming of Age in the Heart : Cultural Evolution and the Initiation of Our Time

August 22nd, 2004  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Media, Communications and Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Coming of Age in the Heart : Cultural Evolution and the Initiation of Our Time

by Anodea Judith The human race is reaching a critical turning point. On center stage, world events focus attention like never before. Dramas that were once local have now become global. The audience stirs, over six billion strong and still growing exponentially, peeking out from every corner of the globe. Some watch anxiously, with baited breath, […]

The Life Cycle of Evolution: A Macro-Technological Analysis of Civilization’s Progress

August 22nd, 2004  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Macrohistory and Epochal Change Perspectives | Comments Off on The Life Cycle of Evolution: A Macro-Technological Analysis of Civilization’s Progress

by William E. Halal Abstract Evolution and enlightenment are two of the most powerful concepts that have ever entered human consciousness. But they entered it through different doorways, so to speak: They arose in different cultures, at different stages of human history, and still occupy separate compartments in most minds. We don’t yet have a body […]


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