Journal of Futures Studies

Global Foresight

YOUTH BULGE: Demographic Dividend, Time Bomb, and other Futures

January 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on YOUTH BULGE: Demographic Dividend, Time Bomb, and other Futures

Abstract Taking a global view of the futures of youth, this article: (1) defines the youth bulge, (2) articulates four scenarios for the futures of youth (innovation and apps; unemployed and disempowered; virtual retreat; and transformed world), and (3) Short, medium, and long term implications for the MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) region are outlined. Keywords: Demography, migration, […]

Borderless Industrial Denizenship: A Transformative Space for the Creation of Alternative Futures in Global Economic Migration

June 19th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Macrohistory and Epochal Change Perspectives, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on Borderless Industrial Denizenship: A Transformative Space for the Creation of Alternative Futures in Global Economic Migration

by Giovanni Di Lieto Abstract Historically, the concept of labour started as an objective basis of value and evolved into a notion of subjective economic utility. This article proposes an open-border labour process to be initiated in connection with the broader trade liberalisation trend. This would thoroughly restructure the current concept of labour as a mere […]

Viability: A Priority Criterion for the Mitigation of Climate Change and other Complex Socio-Ecological Issues

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Viability: A Priority Criterion for the Mitigation of Climate Change and other Complex Socio-Ecological Issues

by Graeme Taylor ABSTRACT At present many researchers are exploring ways to improve the resilience of the global system, prevent catastrophic failure, and support the transition to a sustainable global system. This paper makes two interlinked proposals for developing better—and more credible—tools for modeling critical global issues and identifying and managing threats. First, proven risk […]

The Open Futures Library: One Step Toward a Global Foresight Commons

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Participatory and Network Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on The Open Futures Library: One Step Toward a Global Foresight Commons

by Gareth Priday, Tim Mansfield& José Ramos Introduction This report introduces the Open Futures Library, outlines our hopes for its future development and invites you to join us and help shape this community resource. The Open Futures Library can be found at http://openfutures.net, it is a free, publicly-contributed, indexed, searchable collection of future scenarios and other […]

Executive Summary of the 2013‑14 State of the Future

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Executive Summary of the 2013‑14 State of the Future

by Jerome Glenn Introduction The global situation for humanity continues to improve in general, but at the expense of the environment. People around the world are becoming healthier, wealthier, better educated, more peaceful, and increasingly connected, and they are living longer. The child mortality rate has dropped 47% since 1990, extreme poverty in the developing world […]

The World Futures Studies Federation celebrates 40 years – Bucharest 2013

October 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Futures Education, Global Foresight | Leave A Comment »

by Aubrey Yee Introduction Some 29 hours and several airport transfers later, I found myself magically transported  from Honolulu, Hawai’i to Bucharest, Romania. I was one of several futurists who had  made the trek from Hawai’i to attend the bi-annual World Futures Studies Federation  Conference. This was an important year as the federation celebrated it’s 40th […]

Dryland: Artificial Islands as New Oceanscapes

June 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Dryland: Artificial Islands as New Oceanscapes

by Fabrizio Bozzato ABSTRACT Climate change induced sea level rise now threatens to redraw the physical geographical map of  the world, radically altering coastlines and creating new ocean areas. Not since the submersion of the  legendary Atlantis has the world witnessed the actual physical disappearance of a state. The extreme  vulnerability of low-lying coastal areas and […]

Class Warfare, Anarchy and the Future Society

December 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Political and Policy Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on Class Warfare, Anarchy and the Future Society

by Mathew Maavak ABSTRACT This paper analyses the mechanics and ramifications of a rise in social agitations worldwide. It combines pertinent scholarly works, anecdotes and contemporary news reports to inquire whether the global middle class is consolidating to lead a mass-based revolt within societies – as well as the ensuing implications. The case will be made […]

Towards a Sustainable Balance of Population and Resources: Australia to 2050

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Global Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on Towards a Sustainable Balance of Population and Resources: Australia to 2050

by Neville Bruce Introduction Australia, the ‘lucky’ country,1 currently enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. It ranks second in the UN Human development index,2 it has weathered the recent global financial crisis with little damage, its short to medium term economic prospects seem bright, its government and social structures are stable […]

New Windows onto New Worlds: Final Thoughts on the Future of Strategic Foresight

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on New Windows onto New Worlds: Final Thoughts on the Future of Strategic Foresight

by Richard Hames Introduction Hypothesis Set against the rich tapestry of mankind’s evolution on this planet our current era seems increasingly to be characterised (at least through Western eyes) by escalating turmoil and disquiet on so many different fronts. The scent of suffering and uncertainty hangs eerily in the air – the hint of fragrance perceptible […]


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