Journal of Futures Studies

Special Issues and Symposia

Global Megacrisis: A Survey of Four Scenarios on a Pessimism-Optimism Axis

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Global Megacrisis: A Survey of Four Scenarios on a Pessimism-Optimism Axis

by William Halal & Michael Marien ABSTRACT This symposium addresses the multiple threats of climate change, energy shortages, globalization, financial instability, and other critical issues we call the Global Megacrisis. A trend analysis is presented outlining these trends as well as other trends that may alleviate the Megacrisis. Results of a survey show that respondents estimate […]

Introduction to the Symposium on the Global Megacrisis

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Introduction to the Symposium on the Global Megacrisis

by Jose M. Ramos ABSTRACT Warnings of emerging global crises seem to be coming more frequently every passing day. Research on the current and potential impacts of climate change make IPCC reports look conservative. 1 We’re told that our oceans are under threat from overfishing and acidification (Mitchell, 2008). Human’s impact on the planet’s ecosystems continues […]

The Emergence of Subtle Organicism

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on The Emergence of Subtle Organicism

by Michael Towsey Introduction Western science rests on the philosophical foundation of materialist monism,1 according to which only physical matter exists and therefore only physical matter can be known. Furthermore, matter is known to us only through the sense organs or indirectly through instruments. Consequently valid knowledge can only be derived from a logical interpretation of […]

Path Dependence, Path Breaking, and Path Creation: A Theoretical Scaffolding for Futures Studies?

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Path Dependence, Path Breaking, and Path Creation: A Theoretical Scaffolding for Futures Studies?

by Victor Tiberius ABSTRACT In many academic disciplines, descriptive, theoretical/explanatory, practical, and sometimes self-reflective objectives can usually be distinguished. Futures studies aim at exploring and explaining possible, probable, preferable and preventable futures, as well as shaping a desirable future (Amara 1981; Bell, 2003; Bell & Olick, 1989; Masini, 2001; Toffler, 1978). Futures research methods lead to […]

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 […]

Teaching and Learning the Future: Process Part 3: "So You Want to Teach the Future?"

March 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Futures Education, Special Issues and Symposia | Leave A Comment »

by Stephen F. Steele Introduction In our second Issue of the three-part teaching symposium, “Teaching and Learning the Future: Projects and Programs” (Journal of Futures Studies, September 2010), contributors reviewed portraits of four structures, organizations and programs that supply the foundation for foresight training and education. In this final issue, we focus on “how do you […]

Teaching and Learning the Future: Process Part 3: “So You Want to Teach the Future?”

March 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Futures Education, Special Issues and Symposia | Leave A Comment »

by Stephen F. Steele Introduction In our second Issue of the three-part teaching symposium, “Teaching and Learning the Future: Projects and Programs” (Journal of Futures Studies, September 2010), contributors reviewed portraits of four structures, organizations and programs that supply the foundation for foresight training and education. In this final issue, we focus on “how do you […]

Conclusions: Blindly Going Where No One Has Gone Before

November 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Conclusions: Blindly Going Where No One Has Gone Before

by Jordi Serra Introduction We are approaching, if we are not already in, a new big transitional period, a revolution if you prefer. All the data and inputs gathered support this conclusion or, at least, make it advisable to work with such a hypothesis. Therefore, the sensible course of action is to try to determine its […]

Walking Up to the New Future

November 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Corporate and Managerial Foresight, Political and Policy Foresight, Special Issues and Symposia | Comments Off on Walking Up to the New Future

by Sohail Inayatullah Introduction In a recent essay, Philip Bobbit caimed that just as the 20th century began with World War I the shooting of Prince Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the 21st century has begun with the cruel events of September 11.While there have many recent challenges to the nation state – the evolution of human rights, […]


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