Global futures studies: evolving foundations of a meta-discourse

Global futures studies: evolving foundations of a meta-discourse I was commissioned in 2002 by the Australian Foresight Institute, under the direction of World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) president Richard Slaughter, to conduct a global survey of all classes and courses being conducted at the tertiary level in futures studies (FS). It was Slaughter's insight that no real ‘map’ of the field existed, and that further development would require self-referential knowledge of the FS domain. For my own part, I have had the unique experience of studying FS, both formally and informally, at four different schools of futures located on four continents. 1 1 Formally, I studied at the University of Houston Clear Lake as part of the summer intensive program, and completed a Master of Science in Strategic Foresight through the Australian Foresight Institute at Swinburne University of Technology. Informally I have studied at Tamkang University in Taiwan and the Budapest Futures Centre in Hungary. This together with the survey has given me various insights into the nature of FS education as a global phenomenon. It is these insights I wish to put forth. In the survey, which has been open to all to examine for a number of years now, the general state and dimensions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Futures Elsevier

Global futures studies: evolving foundations of a meta-discourse

Futures, Volume 37 (10) – Dec 1, 2005

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Ltd
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0016-3287
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1873-6378
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10.1016/j.futures.2005.02.003
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Abstract

I was commissioned in 2002 by the Australian Foresight Institute, under the direction of World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) president Richard Slaughter, to conduct a global survey of all classes and courses being conducted at the tertiary level in futures studies (FS). It was Slaughter's insight that no real ‘map’ of the field existed, and that further development would require self-referential knowledge of the FS domain. For my own part, I have had the unique experience of studying FS, both formally and informally, at four different schools of futures located on four continents. 1 1 Formally, I studied at the University of Houston Clear Lake as part of the summer intensive program, and completed a Master of Science in Strategic Foresight through the Australian Foresight Institute at Swinburne University of Technology. Informally I have studied at Tamkang University in Taiwan and the Budapest Futures Centre in Hungary. This together with the survey has given me various insights into the nature of FS education as a global phenomenon. It is these insights I wish to put forth. In the survey, which has been open to all to examine for a number of years now, the general state and dimensions

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FuturesElsevier

Published: Dec 1, 2005

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