Journal of Futures Studies

Narrative Foresight

Children on the Move

January 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Narrative Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation | Comments Off on Children on the Move

Abstract Globalization and the growing interconnectedness of states, economies and communities has not resulted in the demise of the sovereign state. On the contrary, the peculiarity of the international order remains in how the existence of the unique goals of each nation motivates the manner with which states engages and drives the global agenda. Nor has globalization led […]

Interior Transformation on the Pathway to a Viable Future

March 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Narrative Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Interior Transformation on the Pathway to a Viable Future

By Chris Riedy Abstract A common response to the global sustainability crisis is to argue that human values and culture need to transform. However, the nature of this interior transformation is rarely explored in any detail. Instead, transformation is held up uncritically as the saviour that can get us out of trouble. In this paper, I apply a personal […]

The Wrath of Gaia vs. the Second Coming of Science: Beyond Interstellar’s Dualistic Narrative

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on The Wrath of Gaia vs. the Second Coming of Science: Beyond Interstellar’s Dualistic Narrative

by José M. Ramos Introduction This essay was inspired by the possibility that futures studies methods, theories and frameworks could shed some light on science fiction, in particular contemporary science fiction cinema – to act as a window into contemporary culture. Much is written about our future from the vantage point of futures studies, from literature on megatrends to […]

What in the World? Storyworlds, Science Fiction, and Futures Studies

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Case Studies, Media, Communications and Foresight, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on What in the World? Storyworlds, Science Fiction, and Futures Studies

by Peter von Stackelberg & Alex McDowell Abstract This article looks at how futures studies can use storyworlds to address some of the challenges the field faces. It provides an overview of social constructionism, integral theory/integral futures,and sense-making in the context of the current evolution of futures methodologies. This article also examines the role of narratives generally and science fiction […]

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 […]

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 […]

Imagining the Future of the Transition from “Youth” to “Adult”: A Case Study of a Futures Literacy Knowledge Laboratory

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Case Studies, Futures Education, Narrative Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on Imagining the Future of the Transition from “Youth” to “Adult”: A Case Study of a Futures Literacy Knowledge Laboratory

by Kewulay Kamara Introduction In May of 2013 a meeting was convened at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center to start an exploration of the changes taking place in how the future is integrated into decisionmaking. On the initiative of UNESCO Foresight twenty-three people from around the world gathered to discuss how recent thinking and experience with […]

From Crops to Care: The Changing Nature of Health Care in Rural Australia

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Health Futures, Narrative Foresight | Comments Off on From Crops to Care: The Changing Nature of Health Care in Rural Australia

by Willow Pryor Introduction The nature of life in the classic Australian rural town is changing, and fast. Where once the farm and the family formed the centre of life and the community, now family-run farms find it hard to survive as a consequence of an ageing population and the young leaving to study and find […]

Using Causal Layered Analysis to Understand the Alliance between Social Workers with Their Professional Association

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Narrative Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on Using Causal Layered Analysis to Understand the Alliance between Social Workers with Their Professional Association

by Gilbert Fan& Joan N. W. Khng ABSTRACT The decline of professional associations due to the advent of new technologies and the expanded function of social service agencies to professionalize the social worker have impacted the level of alliance of professionals with their professional association. How aligned professionals regard themselves in relation to their professional association […]

CLA as Process: Mapping the Theory and Practice of the Multiple

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Holisms and Integrative Theories, Narrative Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on CLA as Process: Mapping the Theory and Practice of the Multiple

by Marcus Bussey ABSTRACT This paper argues that Causal Layered Analysis aka CLA is a method of the multiple that offers a process–theory of knowledge that facilitates new becomings and alternative futures. It makes the case that agency and social learning are enhanced through understanding human contexts as layered and dynamic. To do so it draws […]


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