About the JFS blog

The Journal of Futures Studies Blog is a space for exploring transformative ideas for social and socio-ecological change as well as challenging “used futures” – i.e. powerful framings of and narratives and assumptions about the future which have been uncritically adopted. Its mission is to offer an accessible space to engage a wider audience in a way that genuinely challenges people’s conception of the future, and which opens people to the awareness and possibility of alternative (social, political, economic, ecological, technological, institutional, etc.) futures. By questioning dominant images of the future(s), it challenges, decolonizes, politicizes and opens up new futures. It is also a place to explore the epistemology and philosophy of futures thinking.

At once, the blog is a place to highlight avant-garde and innovative approaches to futures thinking and exploration, such as through design, gaming, virtual and augmented reality, theatre, drama and art. The blog additionally covers upcoming seminars and conferences, while providing social context on events, including audio and video interviews, hybrid conversations and engagements. It puts special emphasis on narratives of change, both critically examining the implicit narratives embedded in existing future oriented statements, as well as on exploring and developing narratives, out-of-the-box visions and pathways of societal transition which are dialogic, participatory, inclusive, critical, reflexive, generative, malleable, and ultimately, actionable.

Call to Action

We seek self-motivated bloggers, aspiring writers, thinkers, weirdos and provocateurs. who can become part of the JFS blog community, who can contribute short posts of between 300 to 900 words on a wide variety of futures issues on a regular basis. JFS Digital bloggers will be connected into a network of fellow bloggers as part of the JFS community, will get visibility for their efforts, and will contribute to opening the civic imagination to new visions, pathways and tools for human and non-human flourishing in the Anthropocene.

WHAT topics is JFS Blog looking for?

In general, we are looking for posts around these categories – as they relate to futures oriented thinking:
• Translating journal content into blog form. We are looking for accessible synopses, which is not too dense or long. At the end of each post, ‘You can download the full article here’ line can be included.
• Reports about seminars, conferences, symposiums, exhibits, workshops, playtests and other events, both JFS-oriented and other external or partner organizations/ initiatives
• Project reports, insights and updates, photo blogs and video logs. This can be interesting and/ or innovative projects of JFS, or external or partner organizations/initiatives. E.g. future labs, foresight platforms, participatory foresight… (see below)

 Participatory foresight
 Experiential foresight
 Narrative foresight
 Foresight gaming
 Foresight & social innovation platforms/repositories
 Interviews, hybrid conversations and engagements around futures thinking.
 Other ideas …

Rules of submission
1. The JFS blog is an affiliate to a journal publication. Posts should not read as advertisements, brochures, marketing pieces, or donor solicitations for any event, program, organization or offering, as such posts will discredit the integrity of the blog as a dialogue place.

2. The blog article can be between 300 to 900 words. Shorter submissions are also welcome. Longer posts are allowed if it is necessary and relevant, but the final length of the article is decided by the JFS Blog Committee.

3. When you submit an article, please take care of all relevant copyrights and plagiarism issues. We welcome republication of articles but the author needs to take care of all necessary and relevant permissions. Please include a line at the end of the article which indicates the site from which the article has been reproduced and that it is being republished with permission.

4. Blog authors are strongly encouraged to promote their posts using their personal networks.

5. Authors retain all rights to their articles published on the JFS Blog. If you would like to cross-post or republish your blog post elsewhere, please include the line “This piece originally appeared at JFS Blog” with a link back to the original on this site.

6. Please note that due to the high volume of submissions received, JFS blog editors are only able to respond to submissions that have been accepted for publication. We request that you allow up to two weeks for an initial response from our editorial team. If, at the end of that time, you’ve not heard back from a member of our staff, please assume that we’ve taken a pass on your piece at this time. (But please this shouldn’t let that deter you from submitting again!)

Got questions you don’t see answers to? Shoot us an email: jose@actionforesight.net. We’ll be happy to help.