Our Future Selves (2016)

Interview with Sohail Inayatullah by Leigh Robshaw. Discussion on forthcoming changes such as solar, gene and AI technologies, driverless cars and “clean meat”. Also a section on Sohail Inayatullah’s ideal future world. Published in My Weekly, Wednesday, 16th November 2016. www.metafuture.org/library1/SohalFutureSelvesMyWeekly.pdf

Futurist Advocates for ‘Strategic Foresight’ in Corporate Planning (2015)

By: Natalie Greve, Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation chair in futures studies Professor Sohail Inayatullah has touted the adoption of “transformative and strategic foresight” by companies in future scenario planning, telling a workshop that this approach creates flexibility in decision-making by moving from a focus on one inevitable […]

Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Defined (2014)

Sohail Inayatullah A version of this appeared in The Futurist (January-February, 2014), 26.   RESEARCH THEORY AND METHOD Causal layered analysis (CLA) is offered as a new research theory and method. As a theory it seeks to integrate empiricist, interpretive, critical, and action learning modes of knowing at inner and outer levels. As a method, […]

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

Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University, Sunshine Coast University, Queensland University of Technology www.metafuture.org “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. www.metafuture.org   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 […]

Iraq, Lebanon, The Middle East: In Search of a Rational Foreign Policy (2007)

Foresight and connecting the Dots: The politics of worldviews and disowned selves/collectivities By Sohail Inayatullah For the foresight practitioner, what is most stunning about the war in Iraq, the recent war in Lebanon and the war on terror is the lack of capacity of Western governments to connect the dots. While surveillance continues to heighten, […]

Questions for Busy Managers (2007)

By Sohail Inayatullah A chapter from Questioning the Future I am too busy to think about the future! There is no question that thinking about the future takes away time from other activities. However, the current present was once a future, and was either created from planned activities, or from things that you wanted to […]

Futures Dreaming: Challenges From Outside and on the Margins of the Western World (2003)

Ivana Milojevic and Sohail Inayatullah Abstract In this article, we challenge the hegemony of western science fiction, arguing that western science fiction is particular even as it claims universality. Its views generally remain based on ideas of the future as forward time. In contrast, in non-western science fiction the future is seen outside linear terms: […]

Epistemes and the Long Term Future (2002)

By Sohail Inayatullah Forecasts of the future often assume that the larger epistemological context for events and trends are stable. However, taking a macrohistorical perspective – drawn from Johan Galtung’s and Sohail Inayatullah’s, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians and Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things – forecasts themselves are understood by the episteme that shapes them. For […]

De-masculization of the Future and of Futures Studies (1999)

By Ivana Milojević From Verdandi to Belldandy: the Goddess of the Present Wishes a Better Future The Reality The majority of the liberal, or `progressive’ futurists today acknowledge the fact that Futures Studies – a not yet recognized field of enquiry within traditional disciplinary scientific divisions – have been dominated by one-civilizational view of time, […]