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The state of play in the futures field: a metascanning overview

The state of play in the futures field: a metascanning overview Purpose – The paper aims to introduce the first iteration of an international research project into the “state of play” in the futures field (SoPiFF) using methodology developed at the Australian Foresight Institute (AFI). Design/methodology/approach – The paper outlines the overall approach and the methods it employed, along with some implications and emerging themes from this first iteration. Findings – The paper casts new light on patterns of activity in the futures/foresight arena that, in turn, lead to policy questions, including those of purpose and effectiveness. Originality/value – The SoPiFF project is of interest not only for its early results, but also for the use of the metascanning methodology outlined here. At one level it draws attention to the nature of the foresight practitioner's toolkit. At another it may also help to guide decisions about future resourcing options and the nature of training that is offered within the domain. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png foresight Emerald Publishing

The state of play in the futures field: a metascanning overview

foresight , Volume 11 (5): 15 – Aug 28, 2009

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1463-6689
DOI
10.1108/14636680910994932
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper aims to introduce the first iteration of an international research project into the “state of play” in the futures field (SoPiFF) using methodology developed at the Australian Foresight Institute (AFI). Design/methodology/approach – The paper outlines the overall approach and the methods it employed, along with some implications and emerging themes from this first iteration. Findings – The paper casts new light on patterns of activity in the futures/foresight arena that, in turn, lead to policy questions, including those of purpose and effectiveness. Originality/value – The SoPiFF project is of interest not only for its early results, but also for the use of the metascanning methodology outlined here. At one level it draws attention to the nature of the foresight practitioner's toolkit. At another it may also help to guide decisions about future resourcing options and the nature of training that is offered within the domain.

Journal

foresightEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 28, 2009

Keywords: Research; Forward planning; Forecasting; International cooperation

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