Emerging Issues and Civilizational Visions - A Multimedia Reader
Sohail Inayatullah and Paul Wildman
is the long term future of humanity? of Gaia?
civilisations violently clash or are we on the verge of planetary
is the future of world capitalism?
robots have legal rights?
we consciously create the future or is the future best left to market
the new communication technologies liberate us or create a
patriarchy be transformed and a peaceful partnership society be
there one future or alternative futures?
can we decolonize the future, keeping open the plurality of dissent?
These and other crucial questions are explored in this exciting
new cd-rom. Packed with insights about our futures, this cd-rom in
itself is a future technology. By
opening up to a futures listserve, you can email the authors and other
readers, even co-author future editions.
brings together leading thinkers and activists in the futures field:
Ashis Nandy on dissent and the shaman
Johan Galtung on peace and global governance
James Dator on governing evolution and the end of the natural
Elise Boulding on imagining a world without weapons
Riane Eisler on gender and the partnership society
Allen Tough on the crucial questions facing future generations
Rick Slaughter on foundational futures concepts
Immanuel Wallerstein on civilization and capitalism
Ivana Milojevic on feminism and futures studies
Eleonora Masini on the philosophy of futures studies
Sohail Inayatullah on critical futures studies; macrohistory;
postdevelopment visions; and Sarkar's spiritual-technological futures
Wendy Schultz on visioning workshops
Zia Sardar on Asia in-between programmed and desired futures
decolonizing futures studies
Godwin Sogolo on the futures of Africa
Tony Judge on the aesthetics of governance
Phil McNally on the rights of robots
Tony Stevenson and June Lennie on communication futures
Chris Jones on the futures of Gaia
Richard Richardson on Microvita Science and the Spirituality
Clem Bezold on scenario development and health futures
Tom Beer on fractals, forecasting and climate change
Paul Wildman on ways of knowing and the pedagogies of the
future as well as with
Bilyana Blomeley on Aboriginal dreamtime futures, and much more.
The first section presents methods futurists use to forecast
and interpret the future; the second speculates on emerging issues
that have the potential to dramatically alter how we work, love, live
and learn; and the third section explores how different civilizations
imagine the future. An annotated bibliography of the Futures field is
also included. A Futures
galleria presents futures-oriented artworks that visually represent
authors' texts and a section on fractals explores the frontiers of
science, art and learning. Rosaleen
Love, award winning feminist science fiction writer, presents her
latest short story, The Seven Futures of Septimus Smith.
Each chapter includes an introduction by Inayatullah as well as
study-guide questions. Authors'
profiles and interviews - their life stories, passions, forecasting
methods and visions of the future - illuminate the text.
Clem Bezold, Helping Others Choose More Wisely
Elise Boulding, The Cultures and Futures of Peace
Jim Dator, A Fish In and Out of Water
Riane Eisler, Creating Partnership Futures
Johan Galtung, Peace, Vision and the Future
Jenny Gidley, Creating Futures for Holistic Education
Hazel Henderson, Fighting Economism
Francis Hutchinson, Future Generations, Education and Alternatives to
Sohail Inayatullah, Civilizational Futures and Beyond
Chris Jones, Conundrum and Vision, Professing on the Hinge of History
Tony Judge, Richer Metaphors for Our Future Survival
Rosaleen Love, The History of Wrong Ideas, and their Future
Eleonora Masini, A Future with Dignity
Ivana Milojevic, Journey to Feminist Futures
Ashis Nandy, Bearing Witness to the Future
Robert Pope, Ethical Science, Ethical Art, Ethical Futures
Zia Sardar, Natural Born Futurist
Richard Slaughter, Towards a Reenchanted World
Tony Stevenson, Travels in Futures Studies
Allen Tough, My Connectedness with Future Generations
Paul Wildman, Work Futures and Future Pedagogies
include: Elise Boulding (Women, Civil Society and the Image of the
Future), Jim Dator (From Medieval Philosophy to Space Futures), Riane
Eisler (Ending 5000 Years of Domination), Johan Galtung (Basic Human
Needs and Ecological Balance), Hazel Henderson (Taming the World
Economy), Sohail Inayatullah (Metaphors and the Future), Eleonora
Masini (The Right to Have a Future), Ashis Nandy (The Defiance of
Defiance and the Liberation of the Victims of History), Zia Sardar
(There's No Free Meal on the Internet), Rick Slaughter (Hope, God and
Nano-technology) and Immanuel Wallerstein (Contradictions of World
But more than eclectic content, this cd-rom is unique in that
it opens up to a futures listserve, thus allowing you to engage in
interactive conversations with other readers as well as the editors
and selected authors. Further, over 100 future-oriented World Wide Web
addresses are included. This hybrid design creates a new level of
interactivity, even to the point of encouraging readers to help write
The Multimedia Reader
can also be used for credit towards a Masters in Science (Futures and
Foresight) through the International Management Centres - a private
will be of invaluable use to planners, educators, policymakers,
academics, activists and students of futures research.
Futures Studies: Methods, Emerging Issues and Civilizational
is available from the Pacific Centre for Futures Innovation and
Prosperity Press, Brisbane. Isbn: 1 875 603 13 1 . Release 1.0
US$50 (Australian 80) for individuals and US$150 (Australian 240) for
institutions (both inclusive of postage and handling). Discounts
available for students, unemployed and others. Licensing as courseware
is also possible.
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is magnificent ... I have already set it as a requirement for my
undergraduate "History of the Future" course.
Tom Poole, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of
Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
to use, full of insights. Highly recommended.
Carolyn Hobart, IT director, Foundation for the Future,
Bellevue, Washington, USA.
gripping material makes it an exciting and fascinating learning
journey that adds significant value to any action learning program or
to anyone interested in the future … absolutely essential on-line
information and courseware. Robert
Burke, Associate Professor, Chief Executive Officer, International
Management Centres, Pacific Region,
essayists included are outstanding. Galtung, Sarkar, Nandy, Boulding
and Judge have long been among my idols in grassroots philosophy. This
selection should be required reading for anyone in the public service.
Bill Elliss, TRANET, Maine, USA.
magnificent intellectual smorgasbord with such delicacies and variety
as to satisfy a novitiate or an ancient cleric in the world of the
futurist … a true banquet. Tom
Abeles, President, Sagacity, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Art Shostak, Director, Centre for Employment Futures, Drexel
CD provides me with a comprehensive view of the field - what it has
contributed, is contributing and even its futures. As a geriatric
psychiatrist, I am using it to explore the futures of my sub-specialty
- the futures of health care.
M. Ouwafemi Agbayewa,
Department of Psychiatry, University of Britich Columbia.
The CD looks great. Wendell
Bell, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Yale University
significant contribution to crafting a future that is worthwhile and
Coventry, Director, Co-Visions, Australia
is a great deal of stimulating material here, and Inayatullah and
Wildman’s warmth and dedication shine through and are an integral
part of the experience.
Colin Blackman, editor, Foresight. Director, Camford
an innovative and challenging forum of the future, the CDRom . It
brings together a constellation of international scholars to debate
alternative futures. A unique and valuable contribution to the field
of Futures Studies.
Dr. Brenda Hall-Taylor, Director of Postgraduate Coursework
School of Social and Workplace Development, Southern Cross University
CD-Rom is an invaluable navigation aid ...
a must have resource.
McAllum, Director, Foresight Institute of
New Zealand and Global Foresight
and Wildman’s Futures Studies CD-Rom is a unique multiperspective
journey of throught, helping the student/reader create their preferred
future in the world of work, family and society.
Ket, General Manager,
CD-Rom is a find product of extensive research, planning and
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lineof powerful 21st century “textbook” on futures
studies. Every conscientious world citizen should train herslef and
other family members in futures studies with this wonderful tool.
Dr. Udayakumar, Research Associate, Institute on Race and Poverty,
University of Minnesota.
masterpiece prepared by among the most respected scholars in the
discipline. An ideal tool for both futures students and other
Bonga, Economic Unit Investment Division, Finance Pacific Ltd.
The cd-rom is fantastic. You have pushed the envelope very far forward.
James Dator, Professor of Political Science, University of
The cd-rom provides a major and unique overview of the
Clem Bezold, Executive
Director, Institute for Alternative Futures and
World Future Society
fears, foibles, forecasts, fallacies, foresight, future
... Here's but a few of the critical challenges offered in this
and creative resource. Frank
Hutchinson, Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney.
a real contribution to futures studies and of tremendous
practical use to local and national planners.
McNally, Alderman, Belle Fourche Council, South Dakota
the content and the format are superb. Congratulations on an excellent
Tough, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
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