BRICS Youth: Agents of Change (2016)

The BRICS economies are rising global powers whose young population and sheer size give them huge potential. In 2015, a special edition of Policy in Focus, a United Nations Development Programme report, urged BRICS countries to focus on generating employment opportunities for youth as a means of meeting development projections. While young people in these […]

How Well Do You Get Along With Your Robot? (2015)

Automation and our jobless futures SOHAIL INAYATULLAH   THE CHALLENGING FORECAST A recent report by the Foundation for Young Australian provides three dramatic forecasts. These are: [i] 44 per cent of jobs will be automated in the next 10 years 60 per cent of students are chasing careers that won’t exist Young people will have […]

Seven Positive Trends Amidst the Doom and Gloom (2012)

By Sohail Inayatullah January 06, 2012 While there is a great deal of bad, indeed, horrendous, news in the world ­- global warming, terrorism, the global financial crisis, water shortages, worsening inequity – ­there are also signs of positive change. GENOMICS First, in genomics, the revolution of tailoring health advice has begun. Among other websites, […]

The Futures of the University: Wikipedia Uni, Core-periphery Reversed, Incremental Managerialism or Bliss for All? (2011)

By Sohail Inayatullah   ABSTRACT This article explores the alternative futures of the university. After a review of critical drivers identified a decade ago in the book, the University in Transformation, three scenarios are presented. They are: Wikipedia Uni; Core-Periphery reversed and Incremental managerialism. In this last scenario, three zones of change are discussed: (1) […]

Mapping Futures Studies and Risk Analysis, Management and Communication (2010)

Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University, Sunshine Coast University, Queensland University of Technology “I agree that it would be pleasant to walk on streets free of animal waste products. But can we be sure that the waste products of the automobile will be an improvement?” Herman Cohn, The Social and Political Consequences of the Internal […]

Australia 2026 – An Alternative Future (2007)

Sohail Inayatullah, Professor, Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University; adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast.   Drawing inspiration from the recent Australian Association for Environmental Education conference, this essay paints a different possible scenario for the future of Australia. It has been almost twelve years since […]

Seven Hypothesis and Doorways to a Knowledge Economy (2006)

By Sohail Inayatullah SEVEN HYPOTHESIS AND DOORWAYS TO A KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY Speech, July 11, 2006 Creating a Knowledge Economy for the Sunshine Coast   The image of the future and the learning community The Sunshine coast currently stands between different images of the future. The first is the traditional, small scale, strong community, fishing village. […]

Which Future for Libraries? (2006)

Based on a futures workshop of expert librarians and library stakeholders, four futures of the library and librarians are explored: “The Lean, Information Machine,” “Co-location for Community Capacity Building,” “Knowledge Navigator,” and “Dinosaurs of the Digital Knowledge Era.” Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University and Adjunct Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast. Will libraries […]

Disability Futures (2006)

Alternative Futures of Disabilities Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University; University of the Sunshine Coast and Transcend Peace University. [1] FUTURE AS SITE OF CHANGE Why explore visions of disability when the problems of today are so pressing? First, the present is often politicized. It feels unchangeable. Attitudes and structures, […]

Spirituality as the Fourth Bottom Line (2005)

Sohail Inayatullah, Professor, Tamkang University, Sunshine Coast University, Queensland University of Technology – Invariably, at the end of a lecture on paradigm change, new visions or community capacity, there is always some one in the audience who asks: but what is the bottom line? This is especially so at technical universities and business organizations. […]