An Introduction to Futures Studies Alternative Global and South Asian Futures (1994)

By Sohail Inayatullah Introduction The task of this article is to introduce futures studies methods using as data, alternative global and regional futures.  I will first touch upon the history of futures studies, compare futures studies to planning and policymaking, propose a typology of futures studies, present a range of methodologies and then conclude with […]

Evolution and Complexity (1994)

Sohail Inayatullah Originally published as a review “Life, the Universe and Emergence,” Futures (August 1994), 683-696. EVOLUTION AND COMPLEXITY Biochemist and former deputy editor of New Scientist and Research News Editor of Science Roger Lewin gives a tour of theories of complexity based on interviews with leading exponents of this new theory of everything.  Primarily […]

The Politics of the Dusty Plan (1986)

By Sohail Inayatullah Futures Research Quarterly (Vol. 20, No. 4, 1986), 63-68   INTRODUCTION Planning for the future in government or in business has never been a gratifying task. Planners are constantly frustrated in realizing their goals. Among other complaints, perhaps the most debilitating frustration is that plans are written and then simply discarded to […]