Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis

The Journal of Future Studies

Abstract

The Journal of Futures Studies is a globally-oriented, trans-disciplinary refereed journal. Its mission is to develop high-quality, futures-oriented research and thinking, based on the evolving knowledge base of Futures Studies / Foresight. The Journal’s approach is:  Trans-disciplinary; Epistemologically diverse, seeking articles from empirical, interpretative, critical and action learning research traditions, and; Multi-methods based, including, for example, methods such as emerging issues analysis, scenario and alternative futures development and analysis, age-cohort analysis, causal layered analysis, visioning and backcasting; As well as refereed articles, the Journal publishes essays, book reviews, symposia and art on the following topics: Epistemologically focused futures studies on the construction of possible, probable and preferable futures; Methodological innovation in futures studies, including not only integrated, layered, and critical approaches, but also empirical, interpretive or action-learning based approaches;Applied Futures (for example, case studies in using and practicing futures thinking for organizational change; development and transformation; Alternative futures on a variety of subjects.
 

The Journal of Future Studies

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Theory and Concepts
Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
Future Organizations
Futurists
Additional Resources

The Millenium Project

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The purpose of the Millennium project is to  improve humanity’s prospects for building a better future. The mission is to improve thinking about the future and make that thinking available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today.  The Vision of the Millennium project is to create a global foresight network of Nodes, information, and software, building a global collective intelligence system recognized for its ability to improve prospects for humanity. A think tank on behalf of humanity, not on behalf of a government, or an issue, or an ideology, but on behalf of building a better future for all. The University of Minnesota and the Densford Center are Institutional Members of the Millenium project. Contact us for more information about accessing resources and services.

The Millenium Project

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15 Ways To Participate in the Millenium Project

Global Futures Intelligence System

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Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
Future Organizations

The World Future Society

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Founded in 1966, the World Future Society is recognized as the largest, most influential, and longest-running community of futurists and future thinkers in the world. WFS members originally established the foundations of future thinking as we understand it today—through publications, global summits, and advisory roles to world leaders in business and government. Historical members and authors have included legendary minds such as Buckminster Fuller, Gene Roddenberry, and Margaret Mead.In 2018, World Future Society reconstituted itself to be ready for the next stage in our future. Under new management and now operating as “World Future Society.  WFS is an ecosystem of futurists, visionaries, and builders charging forward with the belief that a thriving future for all of us requires us to strategize, construct, question, and collaborate. Everyone here—from curious college students to long-term practitioners—has an opportunity to bring their own voice and experiences to the table. 
 

The World Future Society

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Theory and Concepts
Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
Future Organizations
Futurists
Additional Resources

Tools for Futures Thinking and Foresight Across UK Government Edition 1.0

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The Government Office for Science (GO-Science) ensures that government policies and decisions are informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic long term thinking. The Futures Toolkit is a key resource that policy professionals can use to embed long term strategic thinking in the policy and strategy process.The Toolkit is designed primarily as a resource for those who are new to futures thinking but should also prove useful to more experienced practitioners. It provides an introduction to futures thinking and examines some of the important design questions that policy makers need to consider when introducing it into the policy process. The tools are organised according to their primary purpose – gathering intelligence about the future, exploring the dynamics of change, describing what the future might be like and developing and testing policy and strategy – and each procedure is set out in detail. 

Tools for Futures Thinking and Foresight Across UK Government Edition 1.0

Topic
Theory and Concepts
Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
Future Organizations

Transforming the Future- Anticipation in the 21st century

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This book discusses the results of vital research undertaken by UNESCO in collaboration with partners "to detect and define the theory and practice of anticipation around the world today". The concept of ‘Futures Literacy’ is used as a tool to "define the understanding of anticipatory systems and processes – also known as the Discipline of Anticipation". This is a great resource for "scholars, researchers, policy-makers and students, as well as activists working on sustainability issues and innovation, future studies and anticipation studies".

 

Transforming the Future- Anticipation in the 21st century

Video Recording of the Book Launch July 2, 2018

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Theory and Concepts
Models and Methods
Futurists
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis

Understanding Globalization

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To develop a global mindset, one needs to arbitrage information across 6 dimensions, weave the dimensions together, and make connections among the data points. In this editorial Future Think Column Daniel Pesut and Sarah Horton Deutsch discuss Thomas Friedman's work The Lexus and the Olive Tree and relate  his six dimensions of a  global mindset: (1) politics, (2) culture, (3) national security and the balance of power, (4) financial markets, (5) technology, and (6) environmental perspectives., to the challenges of a nursing future think skill set.

Understanding Globalization

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Theory and Concepts
Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis

Using futures methods to create transformative spaces: visions of a good Anthropocene in Southern Africa

Abstract

Envisioning positive futures is a first step in creating a shared understanding and commitment that enables radical transformations toward sustainability in a world defined by complexity, diversity, and uncertainty. This paper presents a process of creative visioning where participatory methods and tools from the field of futures studies were combined in a novel way to create and facilitate a transformative space, with the aim of generating positive narrative visions for southern Africa. The key learning here was the importance of the imagination for transformative thinking, the need to capitalize on diversity to push boundaries,and the importance of creating a space that enables participants to engage with emotions, beliefs, and complexity. 

 

Using futures methods to create transformative spaces: visions of a good Anthropocene in Southern Africa

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Theory and Concepts
Scenarios and Reports
Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis

World Federation Future Studies Resources

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The LEALA Database of Pedagogical Resources in Futures Studies provides OPEN access to resources that support futures studies education and futures literacy globally. Resources include: articles, books, course materials, images, videos, PPTs and pedagogical games. The idea is that this database will act as a hub to gather, store and interlink the diversity of futures pedagogical resources being created globally (including school, undergraduate, graduate, professional and lifelong learning) and that it will be used beyond the WFSF membership. The project encourages participation and collaboration from all players in the ongoing establishment and development of the futures field, through furthering open access to leading-edge pedagogical research and practice. 

Pedagogical Resources in Futures Studies

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Theory and Concepts
Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
Future Organizations
Futurists
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