Journal of Futures Studies

Foresight Field Building

Public sector horizon scanning – stocktake of the Australasian Joint Agencies Scanning Network*

June 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Methodologies | Comments Off on Public sector horizon scanning – stocktake of the Australasian Joint Agencies Scanning Network*

by Kate Delaney&Louise Osborne ABSTRACT Horizon scanning is not new, nor is its use in the public sector. In this article we report  and reflect on our experience in the Australasian Joint Agencies Scanning Network (AJASN),  a horizon scanning group started in 2005 with the support of four Australian Commonwealth  government agencies that in 2012 has […]

Professionalizing foresight: Why do it, where it stands, and what needs to be done

June 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Theories | Comments Off on Professionalizing foresight: Why do it, where it stands, and what needs to be done

by Andy Hines&Jeff Gold ABSTRACT This article advocates for the professionalization of foresight as beneficial to development  of the field. It offers three reasons why: providing a focus for field-building, aiding  credibility, and attracting talent. It then explores the current state of professionalization by  assessing where foresight stands against the standard criteria of a profession. It […]

Mutant Futurists in the 21st Century

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Foresight Field Building | Comments Off on Mutant Futurists in the 21st Century

by Jose Ramos Introduction In this essay I touch on a few of the insights I’ve gathered over the last decade in the futures studies field, hopefully of benefit for thinking about the next generation of practitioners. I don’t think the emerging generation of practitioners is any different than any previous. Each has to invent itself […]

Ta’wil Al-Ahaadith: A philological perspective to semantic roots of strategic foresight in ancient Arabic

December 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Foresight Field Building | Comments Off on Ta’wil Al-Ahaadith: A philological perspective to semantic roots of strategic foresight in ancient Arabic

by Vahid V. Motlagh Introduction Different languages result in different mental models. Boroditsky (2009), an expert on symbolic systems, points out that “even what might be deemed frivolous aspects of language can have far reaching effects on how we see the world” and on the way we think about space, things, time, and events. Also, Chen […]

An Invitation to the Futures: A Review of Wendell Bell’s ‘Memories of the Future’

December 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Biography and Autobiography, Book Reviews and Scans, Foresight Field Building | Comments Off on An Invitation to the Futures: A Review of Wendell Bell’s ‘Memories of the Future’

by Gareth Priday Book Review Wendell Bell 2011, Memories of the Future, Transaction Publishers, New Jersey This is an autobiography and a futures story. It illustrates how our past, present and future imaginings influence our choices and actions. It is the story of hope and dreams that linger whether realised or not. It is told through […]

Coda: Communicating Futures – An Uncommon Urge

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Foresight Field Building, Media, Communications and Foresight | Comments Off on Coda: Communicating Futures – An Uncommon Urge

by Scott Smith Introduction Last August, I had a sudden, but possibly fortuitous, change in plans. I had been set, along with a colleague, to deliver a paper in Istanbul to the Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresight and Futures 2011 on the value of ludic foresight—being playful in collaborative constructions of possible futures. Due to […]

Foresight in a Network Era: Peer-producing Alternative Futures

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Methodologies, Media, Communications and Foresight, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming | Comments Off on Foresight in a Network Era: Peer-producing Alternative Futures

by Jose Ramos, Tim Mansfieldn & Gareth Priday ABSTRACT The advent of the network form has ushered in new practices and possibilities for participation and collaboration based on emerging on-line technologies. It is no surprise that new approaches to futures / foresight research and engagement are being developed in the context of these technologies and emerging practices. In […]

Scenario Art: A New Futures Method that Uses Art to Support Decision-Making for Sustainable Development

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Case Studies, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Foresight Field Building, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Scenario Art: A New Futures Method that Uses Art to Support Decision-Making for Sustainable Development

by Aleta Lederwasch ABSTRACT This paper introduces a new futures method, Scenario Art, which involves the use of visual representations of future scenarios to support decision-making towards sustainable development. Based on preliminary investigations it is proposed that Scenario Art has the capacity to increase a person’s level of empathy, creativity and responsiveness to risk; and on […]

Imaginal Visioning for Prophetic Foresight

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Case Studies, Foresight Field Building, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight | Comments Off on Imaginal Visioning for Prophetic Foresight

by Oliver Markley ABSTRACT This article makes the case that: a) Rational/analytic methods for futures research, foresight and planning need to be complemented by “imaginal” visioning methods that are based on higher intution—especially in times involving systemic disruptions and transformative change expected in the next decade and beyond; and b) “Prophetic” foresight, involving a moral or […]

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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