Welcome to Metafuture.org – hosted by Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milojevic, this site explores these and many more futures-oriented issues. Along with articles by Inayatullah and Milojevic, you can access material by leading futures-oriented scholars living in Australia and New Zealand, including Robert Burke, Marcus Bussey, Richard Eckersley, Jennifer Gidley, Peter Hayward, Francis Hutchinson, Patricia Kelly, Rosaleen Love, Jan Lee Martin,Graham Molitor, Richard Slaughter, Tony Stevenson, Paul Wildman and David Wright.
There is also an annotated bibliography of some of the best in the futures field.
But what is futures studies? One working definition is: the study of alternative futures including the worldviews and myths that underlie them.
And what is a futurist?
The futurist employs time, especially future time, to transform the present. Through deeply democratic processes, the futurist helps organizations and institutions move from the default future (which is often the used or the disowned) to the preferred future.
Futures studies has six pillars:
Six pillars: futures thinking for transforming (Download PDF)
- Mapping the Present and the Future through methods and tools such as the futures triangle and the futures landscape
- Anticipating the Future through methods such as emerging issues analysis and the futures wheel
- Timing the Future, understanding the grand patterns of change, macrohistory and macrofutures.
- Deepening the Future through methods such as causal layered analysis and four quadrant mapping
- Creating Alternatives to the Present through methods such as scenarios and nuts and bolts
- Transforming the Present and Creating the Future through visioning, backcasting, action learning and the transcend conflict resolution method.
The six pillars of futures studies are introduced in this video clip. This is a small segment of a new full-length DVD on futures studies. For more details about the futures studies DVD click here. Find out more about the six pillars of futures studies and look at the Six Pillars of Futures Studies Poster. Read the six pillars article in Farsi, Mandarin, Spanish
Bold Future: Futures scenarios for Gold
Coast, Australia. Video
About Ivana Milojević
Professor Ivana Milojevic is a researcher and an educator with the professional background in sociology, gender, peace and futures studies.Originally from former-Yugoslavia she now resides at the Sunshine Coast, Australia, where she is an Adjunct Professor (University of the Sunshine Coast, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences). Since 2008 Dr Milojevic has also been Visiting Professor at the Association of Centres for Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies and Research, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She has been teaching a range of sociology, gender and peace studies related courses at a number of universities since early 1990s.
She is the author of over sixty journal articles and book chapters, as well as the author, co-author and/or co-editor of: The Futures of Education: Pedagogies for an Emergent World (2008); a special issue of Futures on Feminism/Gender (2008); Neohumanist Educational Futures: Liberating the Pedagogical Intellect (2006); and Alternative Futures of Education: Dominant and Contesting Visions (2005). She has recently completed a book for New Approaches to Peace and Conflict book series by University of Queensland Press (forthcoming 2013) on the links between her personal and family histories and world events which includes an inquiry into alternative futures – a range of future possibilities, both for each one of us personally as well as for our global society. Parallel to this, she has recently published two books in Serbian (Ko se boji vuka još? Mocne price za pametne i odvažne, sa Dr. Aleksandrom Izgarjan, Eduko, Novi Sad, 2012 http://www.mocneprice.com/index.html i Uvod u rodne teorije sa Prof. Slobodankom Markov, Mediterran Publishing i Centar za Rodne Studije, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu
About Sohail Inayatullah
Sohail Inayatullah is Professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast. He co-teaches a one week residential course in Futures Thinking and Strategy Development at the Mt Eliza Centre for Executive Education. In 1999, he was Unesco Chair at the Centre for European Studies, University of Trier and Tamkang Chair, Tamkang University. From 2000-2011 he was the editor of the Journal of Futures Studies. He received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii in 1990. In March 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is recipient of one of four 2010 laurel awards for all-time best futurists, as voted by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network.
His articles and books can be accessed though this site.
If you wish to contact Sohail Inayatullah, please feel free to do so using any of the methods below.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of the Sunshine Coast
Maroochydore DC Qld 4558
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