Journal of Futures Studies

Futures Studies Methodologies

Narrative Rhetorics in Scenario Work: Sensemaking and Translation

April 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Methodologies, Futures Studies Theories | Leave A Comment »

by Zhan Li ABSTRACT With Jerome Bruner and Walter Fisher’s work on narrative as a starting point, this article presents a narrative-based approach to theory-building for scenarios—relevant for futures narratives broadly defined—that conceives of them as sensemaking and rhetorical efforts for organizations that seek to catalyze decision and action through futures work. The organizational sensemaking theories […]

Forging the Synergy between Anticipation and Innovation: The Futures Action Model

October 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Case Studies, Futures Studies Methodologies, Innovation, Service Design and Enterprise | Leave A Comment »

by José M. Ramos ABSTRACT This paper presents the theory and practice of the Futures Action Model (FAM). FAM has been in development for over a decade, in a number of contexts and iterations. It is a creative methodology that uses a variety of concepts and tools to guide participants through the conception and modeling of […]

Offering the Reference Model of Backcasting Approach for Achieving Sustainable Development

October 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Methodologies | Leave A Comment »

by Fatemeh Saghafi, Alireza Aliahmadi, Seyyed Sepehr Ghazy Noori & Mansoureh Hourali ABSTRACT Backcasting approach is implemented through imagination and analysis of sustainable futures,  and subsequently developing strategies for participation in competitive markets. It is a novel approach  which is employed by only a few countries. Diversity of trends and lack of a reference model on the  one […]

Using Gaming to Understand the Patterns of the Future – The Sarkar Game in Action

October 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Futures Studies Methodologies, Macrohistory and Epochal Change Perspectives | Leave A Comment »

by Sohail Inayatullah ABSTRACT This article introduces the ‘Sarkar Game’, presents case studies, and offers insights  from participants in role-playing the four types of power (worker, warrior, intellectual and  capitalist). The Sarkar Game is used to help individuals and organisations better understand  macrohistory and the structured shape of the future(s) as well as to audit the […]

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 […]

Massively Multiplayer Futuring: IFTF’s Foresight Engine

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Methodologies, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Participatory and Network Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Massively Multiplayer Futuring: IFTF’s Foresight Engine

by Jake Dunagan Introduction The future lives inside the human mind. Trillions of visions flicker within billions of brains. In regards to ‘images of the future,’ the job of the futurist is threefold: 1. to find and study images freely pouring forth from the human mind, 2. to invent tools to crack open the head if […]

Scenarios: A Hero’s Journey across Turbulent Systems

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Futures Studies Methodologies, Narrative Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Scenarios: A Hero’s Journey across Turbulent Systems

by Wendy L Schultz, Christian Crews & Richard Lum Introduction The most widely used approach to scenario building for scenario planning purposes is the deductive, ‘axes of uncertainty’ approach developed by Ogilvy and popularized in Schwartz’s (1991) The Art of the Long View. It has been critiqued for creating a ‘flatland’ of futures – future worlds in […]

Crowd-sourced Collective Intelligence Platforms for Participatory Scenarios and Foresight

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Methodologies, Participatory and Network Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Crowd-sourced Collective Intelligence Platforms for Participatory Scenarios and Foresight

by Noah Raford Introduction Scenario planning is a structured method for exploring planning and design strategy under severe uncertainty and dynamic change. Most approaches to scenario planning rely on expensive consultants and heavy face-to-face involvement. This poster describes a pilot project in using the collaborative potential of the web to leverage large amounts of participation for […]

Introduction to the Symposium on Complexity, Narrative, Participation, and Images of the Future

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Methodologies, Media, Communications and Foresight, Narrative Foresight, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Introduction to the Symposium on Complexity, Narrative, Participation, and Images of the Future

by Wendy L. Schultz Introduction On June 17, 2010, I received an email from Prof. M. Attila Öner, Chairman of the Management Application and Research Center of Yeditepe University in Istanbul, calling for paper and panel submissions for the 2011 Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresight (YIRCOF ’11). In the email Prof. Öner noted, A review […]

Evolutionary Guidance Media: An Integral Framework for Foresight Communication

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Methodologies, Media, Communications and Foresight, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on Evolutionary Guidance Media: An Integral Framework for Foresight Communication

by Dana Klisanin Introduction We are now well aware that advances in information and communication technologies  enable us to exercise an influence that extends, not only across the globe, but well into the  future. This influence is not limited to a few, but is increasingly becoming the province  of many. How can we use our enhanced […]


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