Futures Beyond Dystopia: Creating Social Foresight

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 306 pages
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How can dystopian futures help provide the motivation to change the ways we operate day to day?
Futures Beyond Dystopiatakes the view that the dominant trends in the world suggest a long-term decline into unliveable Dystopian futures. The human prospect is therefore very challenging, yet the perception of dangers and dysfunctions is the first step towards dealing with them. The motivation to avoid future dangers is matched by the human need to create plans and move forward. These twin motivations can be very powerful and help to stimulate the fields of Futures Studies and Applied Foresight.
This analysis of current Futures practice is split into six sections:
* The Case Against Hegemony
* Expanding and Deepening a Futures Frame
* Futures Studies and the Integral Agenda
* Social Learning through Applied Foresight
* Strategies and Outlooks
* The Dialectic of Foresight and Experience.

This fascinating book will stimulate anyone involved in Futures work around the world and will challenge practitioners and others to re-examine many of their assumptions, methodologies and practices.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Figures
26
Professional standards in futures work
31
PART 2
49
Perils of breadth American style
67
PART 3
85
Changing methods and approaches in Futures Studies
100
PART 4
113
Social learning through applied foresight
169
Emergence of futures into the educational mainstream
186
Creating and sustaining secondgeneration
200
Foresight in a social context
211
PART 6
225
Futures Studies as a civilizational catalyst
236
the dialectic of foresight and experience
250
Notes
256

A new framework for environmental scanning
127
Knowledge creation futures methods
138
Towards integral futures
152
Annotated futures bibliography
267
Index
301
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Richard A. Slaughter is President of the World Futures Studies Federation and is currently Director of the Australian Foresight Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

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