Journal of Futures Studies

Ethics, Futures and the Commons

The Rise of Commons Based Economic Governance

October 31st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Macrohistory and Epochal Change Perspectives, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation | Comments Off on The Rise of Commons Based Economic Governance

Abstract This article looks at the rise of commons based economic governance. The last several hundred years has seen the rise and eventual triumph of capitalism, founded on positivist contractual law and the spirit of individualistic enterprise. Our contemporary sustainability crisis, however, puts the assumed trajectory of neo-liberal economic governance in question. As an alternative, […]

Service as a Value for Reorienting Higher Education?

January 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Education Futures, Ethics, Futures and the Commons | Comments Off on Service as a Value for Reorienting Higher Education?

Abstract This paper explores values in Higher Education. It suggests that values change is an important condition for the reorientation taking place in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Plasker’s 100 Year Lifestyle is used as a context for this reflection and the value of service is offered and explored as a possible zone of ‘value generalisation’ that has the […]

Introduction to the Special Issue on “Exploring Paths to a Viable Future”

March 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Introduction to the Special Issue on “Exploring Paths to a Viable Future”

By Graeme Taylor and José M. Ramos This Special Issue is focused on “Exploring paths to a viable future: obstacles and opportunities; requirements and strategies”. In our invitation for submissions we said: “Today we find ourselves at a difficult cross-road: although we know that business as usual is unsustainable, the path to a viable future is not clear…. This call […]

Armed Conflict Versus Global Sustainable Development as Functions of Social Change

June 19th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Peace Futures | Comments Off on Armed Conflict Versus Global Sustainable Development as Functions of Social Change

by Marta Botta and  Aliasghar Abbasi Abstract This paper offers a futures analysis of armed conflicts and its detrimental impact on the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It draws on macrohistory to contextualize war along its socio-political and psychological drivers and explores alternative options for conflict resolution. The macrohistory perspective offers […]

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 […]

The Next 20 Years: A Time of Transformation

January 5th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Macrohistory and Epochal Change Perspectives | Comments Off on The Next 20 Years: A Time of Transformation

by Graeme Taylor Introduction Optimists point out that every year humanity becomes better educated, wealthier and more interconnected (Havelock, 2011): the Gates Foundation predicts that if current trends continue there will be almost no poor countries by 2035 (Withnall, 2014). In contrast, more pessimistic analysts warn that business as usual is unsustainable: catastrophic climate change and […]

Demystifying the Hawala System Using Causal Layered Analysis

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Holisms and Integrative Theories, Macrohistory and Epochal Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Demystifying the Hawala System Using Causal Layered Analysis

by Umar Sheraz & M.N. Farooqi ABSTRACT This article explores the alternative futures of Hawala, a trust-based system used to transfer funds across countries and continents. This is done by using Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) along with P.R. Sarkar’s theory of social change as a basis for critiquing the social construct of the Hawala system. […]

The Dawn of our Patent Futures

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Research in Progress, Technology Futures | Comments Off on The Dawn of our Patent Futures

by Heather Frey Introduction The plethora of topics touched on by United States’ patent law makes a discussion of its futures an overwhelming challenge. This provocation is exacerbated by the current discourse surrounding patents, which either focuses on the subject area being patented1 or the processes involved in obtaining a patent.2 These approaches are symptoms of […]

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 […]

Imaging Disability Tomorrow

November 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Health Futures | Comments Off on Imaging Disability Tomorrow

by Gerard Goggin and Christopher Newell ABSTRACT Drawing upon the insights of disability studies in terms of the present situation of people with disability we propose an imagining of disability as an integral and positive part of an Australasian university. This offers a challenge not just to the academy but also to future studies, in conceptualising […]


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