Why do things always get harder before they get easier? Why is foresight useful? What are the real megatrends? What does foresight really cost? Who should support it? These and other questions form the backbone of this strongly argued and thoroughly referenced work from the highly experienced educational futurist Richard A. Slaughter of the Futures Study Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
About the Author
RICHARD A. SLAUGHTER is director of the Futures Study Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Until recently, he was Lecturer in Futures and Social Policy and convenor of the Foresight Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. His previous works include Futures Tools and Techniques (1987) and Recovering the Future (1989). He is also the coauthor, with Hedley Beare, of Education in the 21st Century (1993).
Table of Contents
Foreword by Hazel Henderson
Establishing the Context: Looking Beyond the Industrial Worldview
Applying and Extending the Foresight Principle
How Foresight is Already Understood and Used
How a Changing Worldview Can Help Our Institutions Become More Far-Sighted
Extending Foresight through Analysis, Imagination, and Social Imaging
Why We Need Institutions of Foresight
Cultural Recovery in the 21st Century
Creating Positive Views of Futures With Young People
Cultural Reconstruction in the 'Post-Modern' WorldAspects of Renewed Worldview
Towards a Wise Culture
Conclusion: The Promise of the 21st Century