Journal of Futures Studies

Psychology, Consciousness and the Future

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 […]

Olaf Stapledon: Personal Reflections on Cosmic Inspiration from a Pioneering Visionary

December 25th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Social Movements and Visions, Utopias | Comments Off on Olaf Stapledon: Personal Reflections on Cosmic Inspiration from a Pioneering Visionary

by Oliver Markley Introduction When I heard of the plans for a special issue of the Journal of Futures Studies on the interplay between science fiction and futures work, I immediately knew that I wanted to contribute an essay about Olaf Stapledon—why his writing is of such relevance to what I will describe as the central evolutionary challenge of […]

Internal Crisis as an Impediment to Futures Thinking

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Holisms and Integrative Theories, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Internal Crisis as an Impediment to Futures Thinking

by Ryota Ono Abstract Since the publication of The Limits to Growth in 1972, it is hoped that human beings have become more aware of potential crises and have become more proactive to prevent those crises from happening. Halal and Marien held a symposium on the Global Megacrisis in the Journal of Futures Studies in 2011. […]

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 […]

Creating Alternative Selves: The Use of Futures Discourse in Narrative Therapy

April 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Narrative Foresight, narrative therapy, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Leave A Comment »

by Ivana Milojević ABSTRACT This article focuses on the field of narrative therapy which emerged in the 1990s (i.e. Angus and McLeod, 2004; Denborough, 2010; Monk et al 1996; Morgan, 2000; White, 2000) and investigates the use of futures discourse within it. Narrative therapy in psychology focuses on helping individuals to move away from unhelpful and […]

Consciousness, Cosmic Evolution, and the Technological Singularity

December 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Technology Futures, Transhumanism | Comments Off on Consciousness, Cosmic Evolution, and the Technological Singularity

by Tom Lombardo Introduction In this essay I critically examine two influential evolutionary visions of the cosmos—those of Eric Chaisson and Ray Kurzweil—focusing on their explanations of consciousness within their evolutionary theoretical frameworks, and how they conceptualize the significance of consciousness within their respective views of the coming “technological singularity” (Vinge, 1993). My central argument is […]

Wisdom and Futures Studies

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Book Reviews and Scans, Leadership and Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Wisdom and Futures Studies

by Vahid Motlagh Book Review In a world where students feel outraged to see that illustrious professors were bought by the ultra-rich tyrant of Libya and his son to ghostwrite some intellectual book and dissertation; where the bridal industrial complex is profiteering from people’s search for authentic happiness; and where analysts and experts work on quick […]

The Spaces in Between

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on The Spaces in Between

by Alan Fricker Introduction P. R. Sakar describes microvita as the smallest and subtlest living entities, mediators of cosmic intelligence and of all elemental and living matter. The concept is too large a leap for this conventional scientist, steeped if not grounded in Western science. There is hypothesis and theory, but the vital link, demonstrable and […]

Future Peace: Breaking Cycles of Violence through Futures Thinking

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Participatory and Network Foresight, Peace Futures, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Social and Community Development Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Future Peace: Breaking Cycles of Violence through Futures Thinking

by Tessa Finlev ABSTRACT Why is it so hard to break out of cycles of violence? This paper focuses on the challenges associated with breaking out of cycles of violence and why futures thinking may provide a potential solution. Research suggests that people living in violence lack the ability to think about a peaceful future, or […]

Towards Planetary Consciousness?

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Towards Planetary Consciousness?

by Vuokko Jarva Introduction The idea of global crisis as a temporal telescoping of unfavorable events has come into favor at least since the 1973 oil crisis. Fritjof Capra (1982) diagnosed the multidimensional character of the crisis as a Turning point. In Halal’s and Marien’s analysis the crisis also is multidimensional, caused by influences from the […]


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