Serendipitous Connections and the Future of Futures Studies

by Debora Halbert

Introduction

I actually don’t actually remember the first time I met Jim Dator, in part because prior to my arrival at the University of Hawai`i for graduate school, I had never heard of futures studies and thus had no idea how it might influence the next decades of my life. My introduction to Jim and to the Hawai’i Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS) was both serendipitous and fortuitous. Like many students attracted to the University of Hawai`i, it was political theory that drew me there, but it turned out that the department was filled with intellectually interesting areas of study that went well beyond theory and the most exciting of all, for me at least, was futures studies.(continue…)

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