Journal of Futures Studies

Futures Studies Theories

Steps Toward an Explicit Ontology of the Future

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Theories | Comments Off on Steps Toward an Explicit Ontology of the Future

by Roberto Poli ABSTRACT After decades characterized by diminishing interest in the theoretical underpinning of futures studies, the past few years have seen the onset of a new concern with the foundation of futures studies. Interestingly, recent discussion has not been limited to the epistemological bases of futures studies but has also begun to address the […]

The Signification Process of the Future Sign

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Theories | Comments Off on The Signification Process of the Future Sign

by Osmo Kuusi & Elina Hiltunen ABSTRACT Weak signals have aroused increasing interest among futurists in recent years. The dilemma caused by their varying definitions led Hiltunen (2008) to introduce the concept of ‘future sign’, which is based on Peirce’s semiotic model of the sign. Hiltunen’s conceptual framework is developed further in this paper. The focus […]

Path Dependency and Path Creation in a Strategic Perspective

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Futures Studies Theories, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Path Dependency and Path Creation in a Strategic Perspective

by Tamás Gáspár ABSTRACT Social strategic activity faces many problems; this paper focuses on two of them. On the one hand path dependency and path creation are core but alternative issues in management literature. On the other hand many social communities (nations, regions, local municipalities) use the corporate methodology for strategic planning. The aims of the […]

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 […]

Editor’s Introduction to This Special Issue on “Sustainable Futures”

March 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Futures Studies Theories, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Editor’s Introduction to This Special Issue on “Sustainable Futures”

by Stephen McGrail Introduction Desirable futures are increasingly seen as sustainable futures. Sustainable futures, as defined by Holling (2000), “are ones in which the basic means of human livelihood get easier, human opportunities become richer, and nature’s diversity is more sustained – and not only in the rich parts of the world”. The quest for such […]

Editor's Introduction to This Special Issue on "Sustainable Futures"

March 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Futures Studies Theories, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Editor's Introduction to This Special Issue on "Sustainable Futures"

by Stephen McGrail Introduction Desirable futures are increasingly seen as sustainable futures. Sustainable futures, as defined by Holling (2000), “are ones in which the basic means of human livelihood get easier, human opportunities become richer, and nature’s diversity is more sustained – and not only in the rich parts of the world”. The quest for such […]

The Appreciative Perspective of the Future

August 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Futures Studies Methodologies, Futures Studies Theories, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on The Appreciative Perspective of the Future

by Rosa Alegria ABSTRACT The ethics of the positive must be a value that guides futures research for the re-enchantment of society, as we are living in a period of transition without utopia. A growing disenchantment with traditional theories of change, especially those based on human deficit is giving way to more constructive, life-affirming and strengthbased […]

Bush Mechanics-Artificing a Future Our Children We Can Live With

August 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Futures Studies Theories, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Bush Mechanics-Artificing a Future Our Children We Can Live With

by Paul Wildman and Evan Hadkins ABSTRACT Here we explore the possibilities and potential of old made new again. Today we often hear the term “futuring” used to refer to bringing proactive concrete responses to futures issues into present-day operation. This article sees such a process as a post industrial form of what in times of […]

A Personal Philosophy Anticipatory Action-Learning

August 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Futures Studies Theories, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on A Personal Philosophy Anticipatory Action-Learning

by Anita Kelleher Introduction While thinking about traditional action-learning, I began to wonder what philosophy Reg Revans espoused back in the 40’s in the coal mines of Wales and England. Perhaps “those who do the job are the best people to solve the problems” would have been his catch-cry. Interested in action-learning’s recent progeny, anticipatory action-learning […]


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