How can dystopian futures help provide the motivation to change the ways we operate day to day?
Futures Beyond Dystopia takes 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.
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.
Part 1: Aspects of Futures Enquiry 1. A 21st Century Agenda 2. Are There Futures Beyond Dystopia? 3. Professional Standards in Futures Work Part 2. The Case Against Hegemony 4. Three Pop Futurist Texts 5. Perils of Breadth American Style Part 3. Expanding and Deepening a Futures Frame 6. Beyond the Mundane 7. Changing Methods and Approaches in Futures Studies Part 4. Futures Studies and the Integral Agenda 8. Transcending Flatland 9. A New Framework for Environmental Scanning 10. Knowledge Creation, Futures Methods and the Integral Agenda 11. Towards Integral Futures Part 5. Social Learning Through Applied Foresight 12. Futures Studies to Social Foresight 13. Emergence of Futures into the Educational Mainstream 14. Creating and Sustaining Second Generation Institutions of Foresight 15. Foresight in a Social Context Part 6. Strategies and Outlooks Conclusion: The Dialectic of Foresight and Experience 16. A 'Great Transition' or Many? 17. Futures Studies as a Civilizational Catalyst