Community Futures (2005)

Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University, Queensland University of Technology, Sunshine Coast University and Transcend Peace University. www.metafuture.org PREFACE This short article explore the futures of community in Australia. It does so using futures methods. Futures methods seek to understand the future seeing the future not as an empty space to be filled but as a […]

Why Companies Fail (2004)

Capitalism forever? Why Companies Fail  Sohail Inayatullah “Why companies fail,” a remarkable essay by Ram Charan and Jerry Useem in Fortune magazine (May 27, 2002, 47-58) offers ten reasons to explain the crash of great companies and three ways to prosper.  While focused specifically on companies, what Charan and Useem miss is that their analysis […]

Virtual and Genetic Challenges to Green Politics and Planning (2002)

Is sustainability possible in a world of cloned cats, animals and rights of robots? By Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan; Sunshine Coast University, Sippy Downs. Based on a keynote speech presented to the Environmental Institute of Australia, Brisbane, August 2, 2002. Clearly, few of you in the room have a virtual cat or an […]

Corporate, Technological, Epistemic and Democratic Challenges: Mapping the Political Economy of University Futures (2001)

Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan and Sunshine Coast University, Australia. www.metafuture.org   Trends of changing student expectations (access to global systems of knowledge, including transparency and international accreditation), the internet (virtual education, moving from campus center to person centered, and far more customized, individually tailored), global corporatization (reduced state funding for universities and the […]

Trends Transforming the Futures of the University (2000)

By Sohail Inayatullah This article is based on speeches presented to the Professoriate at Tamkang University, Taiwan and at the 4TH Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 6 July 2000   Trends of changing student expectations (access to global systems of knowledge, including transparency and international accreditation), […]

Hard to Plan for a Brave New World (2000)

(Australian Financial Review, 22 February 2000). SOHAIL INAYATULLAH   FINANCIAL PLANNING How can we plan financially when the impact of technology and an ageing population promise to transform our lives, asks Sohail Inayatullah. Even amid the “future shock” of the past 50 years, the future has been stable. It has been defined by continued economic […]

Health Futures for Queensland, Australia (2000)

By Sohail  Inayatullah Will health-bots monitor your caloric intake, warning you if you’ve eaten too much or not exercised enough?   Which medical model is likely to dominate – the democratic, the professional or the corporate? Can medicare continue or will globalization end Australia’s unique universal health care system? How will the internet change how patients […]

Ageing Genes: Planning for Discontinuous Futures (2000)

By Sohail Inayatullah Even amidst the “future shock” of the last fifty years, the future has been stable. It has been an image of the future defined by Continued Economic Growth: a suburban home, escape from manual work, a better life for one’s children, a nuclear family along with traditional notions of retirement (birth, student, […]

Science, Civilization and Global Ethics: Can We Understand the Next 1000 Years? (2000)

By Sohail Inayatullah What will the world look like in one thousand years? What factors will create the long-term future? What are the trajectories? Will we survive as a species? Will science reduce human ignorance through its discoveries or will ignorance increase as science becomes the hegemonic discourse? Will that which is most important to […]

The Futures of Volunteerism (2000)

Sohail Inayatullah To understand the futures of volunteerism, we need to unpack current perspectives and practices of volunteerism. First volunteerism makes sense in the context of a paid economy, that is, wherein labour in monetized. It is its opposite. In a society where there is no scarcity, the entire society would be about volunteerism.  That […]