Journal of Futures Studies

Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight

Alternative Images of China in 2035: A Case Study of Tamkang University Workshops

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Political and Policy Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Alternative Images of China in 2035: A Case Study of Tamkang University Workshops

by Jeanne Hoffman ABSTRACT This article presents the findings of scenario planning workshops held on 10 and 13 December 2013 on the futures of ‘China (PRC) in 2035’ at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies (GIFS) at Tamkang University in Taiwan. The workshops were structured around Inayatullah’s (2008) six pillars foresight process and employed the […]

The Futures of Islamic Banking in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Innovation, Service Design and Enterprise, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on The Futures of Islamic Banking in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

by Nedal El-Ghattis ABSTRACT The purpose of this paper is to discuss the discourses that concern the futures of Islamic banking in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Futures Triangle method is employed to provide insights into existing social dynamics affecting Islamic Banking. These futures will be profoundly affected by knowing whether the factors that contributed […]

Exploring the Possibility of East Asian Futures Studies: Reinterpreting Dator through Zhuangzi

December 30th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Futures Studies Theories | Leave A Comment »

by SeongWon Park ABSTRACT This paper attempts to enrich the understanding of futures studies through a perspective from East Asia. More concretely, the paper analyzes the four images of the future (FIF) that make up the core method of Dator’s futures studies through the lens of Zhuangzi, which is one of the most highly regarded Classical […]

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 […]

Professionalizing foresight: Why do it, where it stands, and what needs to be done

June 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Theories | Comments Off on Professionalizing foresight: Why do it, where it stands, and what needs to be done

by Andy Hines&Jeff Gold ABSTRACT This article advocates for the professionalization of foresight as beneficial to development  of the field. It offers three reasons why: providing a focus for field-building, aiding  credibility, and attracting talent. It then explores the current state of professionalization by  assessing where foresight stands against the standard criteria of a profession. It […]

Addressing Culturality: Exploring Alternative and more Authentic Routes for (Australian) Higher Education Organizations

June 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Education Futures | Comments Off on Addressing Culturality: Exploring Alternative and more Authentic Routes for (Australian) Higher Education Organizations

by José W.I.M. van den Akke ABSTRACT This article draws partly from the author’s PhD thesis titled ‘Understanding and Working with the  Dynamics in Cross-Cultural Education. It further builds on her personal experiences as a Culturally  and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) migrant studying and lecturing in Australian higher education  institutions. From a futurist and complexity theory perspective […]

Emerging Issues Leading Korea into a Dream Society

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Research in Progress | Comments Off on Emerging Issues Leading Korea into a Dream Society

by Bumchul Shin Introduction What emerging issues can and might lead Korea into a dream society based on its preferred future? This study started from this question, which was followed by other inquiries for finding a preferred future for Korea. How is the situation in Korea now? What are the major driving forces shaping current trends? […]

Energy Bonanza or Abyss: Israel’s Options for the Future

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Energy Futures, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Energy Bonanza or Abyss: Israel’s Options for the Future

by David Lefutso ABSTRACT The article uses scenarios to unpack and assess the energy bonanza that has befallen Israel and other countries in the eastern Mediterranean. The discovery of oil and gas takes place under the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the recent Arab spring. Three scenarios have been constructed to afford Israel with alternative […]

The Future of Water Resource Management in the Muslim World

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Narrative Foresight, Peace Futures, Political and Policy Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on The Future of Water Resource Management in the Muslim World

by Syeda Mariya Absar ABSTRACT This article provides an insight into water availability and usage in the Muslim world, based on the global data on water consumption and availability with respect to specific geographical regions and an extensive literature review to categorize the regions with similar socio-economic and hydro-geological make up into distinct water zones. Causal […]

Ta’wil Al-Ahaadith: A philological perspective to semantic roots of strategic foresight in ancient Arabic

December 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Foresight Field Building | Comments Off on Ta’wil Al-Ahaadith: A philological perspective to semantic roots of strategic foresight in ancient Arabic

by Vahid V. Motlagh Introduction Different languages result in different mental models. Boroditsky (2009), an expert on symbolic systems, points out that “even what might be deemed frivolous aspects of language can have far reaching effects on how we see the world” and on the way we think about space, things, time, and events. Also, Chen […]


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