Deconstructing the Year 2000: Opening Up an Alternative Future (1999)

Sohail Inayatullah[1] How has the year 2000 functioned in discourse?   To begin to understand how the post year 2000 future can look like, we need to analyze how the year 2000 has functioned in our discourses. First, it has been an empirical indicator of progress, of the rise of the West. “Two thousand years […]

The Cost of Past-Oriented Thinking (1999)

By Ivana Milojević The University of Queensland The inability for futures thinking – at individual, group, national and global levels – to forecast, develop scenarios and alternatives has cost the former-Yugoslavia (SFRJ) hundreds of thousands of lives, millions of displaced persons, the destruction of the environment and economy and probably over 20 millions of wounded […]

Feminism, Futures Studies and the Futures of Feminist Research (1998)

Ivana Milojević[1] In 1995, we are part of thirty years of intensive feminist research. In these thirty years, research conducted from a feminist perspective has gone into many, sometimes even surprising, directions. Women’s studies now deal with women’s issues from many different viewpoints, feminist writers and researchers are coming from many different fields, traditions, and […]

Feminist Critiques and Visions of the Future (1998)

By Ivana Milojević and Sohail Inayatullah Current trends One does not need to be an expert to realize that wherever we look, either into our past or into our present, either within our local community or around the world, one fact remains almost universal: society always treats its women worse than it treats its men. […]

Causal Layered Analysis (1998)

Poststructuralism as method Sohail Inayatullah[1] Causal layered analysis is offered as a new futures research method. It utility is not in predicting the future but in creating transformative spaces for the creation of alternative futures. Causal layered analysis consists of four levels: the litany, social causes, discourse/worldview and myth/metaphor.  The challenge is to conduct research […]

Pedagogy, Culture and Futures Studies (1998)

By Sohail Inayatullah Queensland University of Technology Through case studies of futures workshops and courses, the importance of decolonising the future and creating authentic alternative futures is highlighted.  Futures studies, it is argued, is about understanding the human condition, what it has become, and how we can participate in changing it.  An ideal futures studies […]

Macrohistory and the Future (1998)

By Sohail Inayatullah History of social systems Based on the book Macrohistory and Macrohistorians,[1] this essay links macrohistory with futures studies. It takes the views of twenty or so macrohistorians and asks what do they offer to the study of alternative futures.[2] Macrohistory is the study of the histories of social systems, along separate trajectories, […]

Futures Oriented Research and Writing (1998)

By Tony Stevenson and Sohail Inayatullah The Communication Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Queensland, Australia. 1998 In the many years of being engaged in futures research, attending futures studies conferences, workshops and courses, we remain surprised and dismayed at the lack of “futures” in futures research.  Papers, while scholarly, often merely restate the present, […]

Futures Generations Thinking (1996)

By Sohail Inayatullah While futures studies is many things: forecasting, social foresight, transformative politics, and utopian imaging, future generations thinking or ‘studies’ is more concerned with the survival of people and nature through deep time. Future generations thinking can be characterized by the following:[i] (1)        Commitment to the family (going far beyond the nuclear family […]