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: Concepts and Effects
See my Spiritual Pragmatics
Thinking of studying Futures?
I lead the Futures Studies Graduate Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
The following clip gives an insight into what we are up to. All courses are on line so you can study Futures Studies from anywhere in the world!
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 Amazon and also via iTunes and Kindle
For information: Clare and Francis flyer