future: that potentiality which makes us aware of the creative possibilities of the present
s: a knot; the link between individual and society
evocative: calling forth; perhaps the siren’s song or the hope we dare not speak
Why study the Future?
We study the future because assumptions about the future have effects in the present. Or to put it another way: our assumptions about the future inform our decisions and actions today. Just as the past no longer exists but has effects in the present so the future, which is in no way tangible, works in the present through our own beliefs, values and expectations. Futures work is an attempt to become contextually aware of the world around us and of our relationship with the 'reality' out there.
See my Six Futures Premises
See my Spiritual Pragmatics
I was in Perth from November 16 to 18, 2012 at the Asia Pacific Foresight Conference
There I discussed my approach to foresight and reflected on how the futurist acts as a bridge between the dominant realities of people's working context and where they would like to be in an ideal world. My paper Foresight Work as Bridge Building takes a poetic approach to the topic and reflects on some recent teaching and foresight work I undertook in Singapore.
The slides I spoke to are here
The MP3 of the talk can be accessed by clicking Perth Futures Talk
Marcus with many of his friends from around the world has a chapter in a exciting book being released at Rio +20 (http://www.uncsd2012.org/).
For more on this important book please visit:
My first book of poetry available from the end of May, 2012
For information: Clare and Francis flyer
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