Journal of Futures Studies

Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight

Taiwan Trap: New Stories Needed Rethinking Taiwan and China Futures

July 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight | Comments Off on Taiwan Trap: New Stories Needed Rethinking Taiwan and China Futures

Abstract This article takes a futures approach to the Taiwan/China relationship. It (1) explains the background and the competing international relations theories of the unique relationship between Taiwan and China, and (2) articulates four scenarios for the futures of Taiwan/China. Keywords: Scenarios, Causal Layered Analysis, International Relations, China, Taiwan View PDF

Delving into the Future of Iran’s English Language Teaching in Light of Technology

November 28th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Delving into the Future of Iran’s English Language Teaching in Light of Technology

Abstract This article examines the prospect of replacing EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers with technology in Iran. It has adopted the approach of Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) to analyze the data collected from interviews with 10 EFL experts in Iran. The four layers of CLA do suggest that it is unlikely that technology will replace […]

Flavors of Practice: Developing the Asia Pacific Futures Network

November 28th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight | Comments Off on Flavors of Practice: Developing the Asia Pacific Futures Network

Introduction How can Futures studies in Asia be different from Western offerings? How can it be localized in native languages, ways of knowing, and experiences? Can Asian futures, if such a thing exists, address emerging challenges, raise new questions, and disrupt systems of knowledge and power as they currently exist? What capacities exist to create […]

Between the Myth of Development and the Development of Myth: Futures of Islamic Banking in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

June 27th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Between the Myth of Development and the Development of Myth: Futures of Islamic Banking in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Abstract This paper deals with the reality of development challenges in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, and the impact of these on the future of Islamic banking. Using Causal Layered analysis (CLA), the hidden stories of economic development (ED) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are unpacked. The three narratives presented here are that […]

Asian Urbanization Futures: Nine Practitioner Recommendations

June 19th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Innovation, Service Design and Enterprise, Urban Futures and City Foresight | Comments Off on Asian Urbanization Futures: Nine Practitioner Recommendations

by Steven Gale and Teresa Leonardo and Mariko Sato and Joseph D’Cruz Introduction Much has been written about rapid urbanization in Asia by scholars, academics, and theorists, alongside volumes about how Asian cities are handling this unprecedented population surge. The majority of Asia’s population, close to 2 billion, are now urban dwellers. But what is on the mind of […]

Armed Conflict Versus Global Sustainable Development as Functions of Social Change

June 19th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Peace Futures | Comments Off on Armed Conflict Versus Global Sustainable Development as Functions of Social Change

by Marta Botta and  Aliasghar Abbasi Abstract This paper offers a futures analysis of armed conflicts and its detrimental impact on the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It draws on macrohistory to contextualize war along its socio-political and psychological drivers and explores alternative options for conflict resolution. The macrohistory perspective offers […]

Toilet Futures: Sustainability, Scenarios and Climate Change Futures

March 14th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight | Leave A Comment »

by Marcus Bussey Abstract This paper seeks to explore the concept “sustainable culture” by exploring the metaphorical possibilities inherent to the toilet. It offers an analysis of the toilet as both a technology and a symbol of (Western/pure) culture via an application of CLA to the problem with (and promise of) shit. Following this the paper offers a […]

Towards the Creation of Wiser Futures: Sino-Africa Relations and Futures of African Development

January 6th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight, Leadership and Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Towards the Creation of Wiser Futures: Sino-Africa Relations and Futures of African Development

by Tim Kumpe & Kuo-Hua Chen Abstract Elaborating on previous wisdom discourse of futurist scholars, this paper identifies humility, flexibility, teachability, and morality as the major characteristics of wisdom. What sets wisdom as the highest form of knowledge apart from knowledge with human significance is that it is not only academically understood knowledge but also connotes […]

City Futures for City Leaders Penang Malaysia

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight, Urban Futures and City Foresight | Comments Off on City Futures for City Leaders Penang Malaysia

by Shermon Cruz & Cesar H. Villanueva Introduction Why Futures? Cities have emerged as change agents towards sustainable futures. Discussion about its size, food routes, transportation, health, climate change and community resilience has shifted the way cities are perceived into the future. Questions persist such as: How do we create the inclusive city? How do cities […]

The Myanmar Futures Exchange: Development at the Cross-Roads

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Leadership and Foresight, Participatory and Network Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on The Myanmar Futures Exchange: Development at the Cross-Roads

by Alisha Bhagat ABSTRACT This report describes the methods and findings used at the 2014 Myanmar Futures Exchange (MFE), a futures workshop that engaged with government, NGOs, religious groups, and academics in Yangon, Myanmar. The MFE presented a unique opportunity to brainstorm strategies for the future of economic development in Myanmar with a cross-section of […]


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Journal of Futures Studies

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Taipei, Taiwan 251
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ISSN 1027-6084