Journal of Futures Studies

Futures Studies Theories

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 […]

Unravelling the Myth/Metaphor Layer in Causal Layered Analysis

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Theories, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on Unravelling the Myth/Metaphor Layer in Causal Layered Analysis

by  Victor MacGill Abstract This paper investigates how the myth/metaphor layer of Inayatullah’s Causal Layered Analysis is formed, using an embodied cognitive approach. The very way we experience the world, move in it, interact within it and orient our body to our environment generates patterns and concepts that form as metaphors. Language is saturated in […]

The Effects of Scenario Planning on Antecedents to Participant Engagement at Work

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Corporate and Managerial Foresight, Futures Studies Theories, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on The Effects of Scenario Planning on Antecedents to Participant Engagement at Work

by Helen Allison Hawkins& Thomas J. Chermack ABSTRACT This study sought to understand the effects of scenario planning on antecedents to participant employee engagement at work. The study used the Gallup Q12 as the measure of antecedents to engagement and was a quasi-experimental pretest / posttest with treatment and control group design. A comparison of the […]

Extending the Scenario Horizon: Putting Narratives to Work

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

by Marcus Bussey Introduction The quest for agency lies at the heart of futures work. Vuokko Jarva in her lead article for this number suggests that a clearer conception and application of narrative futures may well offer practitioners a bridge between the inner work of futures that seeks to problematize all certainties and the ‘realities’ such […]

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 […]

Exploring the Possibility of East Asian Futures Studies: Reinterpreting Dator through Zhuangzi

December 30th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Futures Studies Theories | Leave A Comment »

by SeongWon Park ABSTRACT This paper attempts to enrich the understanding of futures studies through a perspective from East Asia. More concretely, the paper analyzes the four images of the future (FIF) that make up the core method of Dator’s futures studies through the lens of Zhuangzi, which is one of the most highly regarded Classical […]

Learnings From Futures Studies: Learnings From Dator

December 30th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Biography and Autobiography, Futures Education, Futures Studies Theories | Leave A Comment »

by Sohail Inayatullah ABSTRACT This article explores life learnings from James Dator. These include conceptual, theoretical, pedagogical and praxis learnings. Key conceptual learnings include Futures Studies as focused on more than one future and as disruptive through the methodology of emerging issues analysis. Dator’s pedagogical approach is examined as being open and embracing multiple perspectives. Finally, […]

Foresight Work as Bridge Building: Poetry, Presence and Beyond

June 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Foresight Field Building, Futures Education, Futures Studies Theories, Leadership and Foresight | Comments Off on Foresight Work as Bridge Building: Poetry, Presence and Beyond

by Marcus Bussey Introduction In this piece-meal essay I wish to make a case for futurist as bridge builder. By this I mean  that the futurist enables those in contexts to begin to move in directions that are optimal visà-vis the goals of their organisation or community. The construction of such pathways, as  bridges, to the […]

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 […]

‘Cracks in the System’: Problematisation of the Future and the Growth of Anticipatory and Interventionist Practices

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Theories | Comments Off on ‘Cracks in the System’: Problematisation of the Future and the Growth of Anticipatory and Interventionist Practices

by Stephen McGrail ABSTRACT This paper will outline and discuss the growth of anticipatory and interventionist practices in ‘niches’ where policy-as-usual is being modified. Four niches are described: initiating and achieving ‘sustainability transitions’; industry adaptation and transformation strategies; governing emerging technologies to enable responsible innovation; and experimentation with planning and policy-making approaches for more uncertain futures […]


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