Alternative Futures of Dubrovnik (2003)

Written by students of the American College of Management, Dubrovnik and Sohail Inayatullah  Hotels, traffic systems, buses, airports all digitally connected allowing the seamless and energy efficient movement of tourists and goods, ensuring that tourism in Dubrovnik stays clean, green and respectful of its historical splendour. An independent city – once again – with a […]

Cities Create Their Futures (2003)

Sohail Inayatullah[1] “Cities to play a major role in global governance, in a reformed United Nations” “Digitalization, aging, globalization, global warming, new viruses, as well as expanded expectations, all point to dramatic changes in the nature of Mayoral Responsibilities” “Nothing will change in my role as Mayor in twenty years – just more of the […]

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: […]

A Gaia of Civilizations or the Artificial Society: Power, Structure and the Future (2003)

Sohail Inayatullah Attempts to forecast global futures fall into three or so camps. Most extrapolate from the present focusing on variables such as population, resource capacity and distribution of wealth.  Technology, economics and power are seen as the key drivers. From these a range of scenarios are posited (Rich/Poor divide; The Long Boom; Global Collapse).  […]

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 […]

West and Non-West, Ego and Alter-Ego: Technological, Communicative and Microvita Futures Explored (2001)

Sohail Inayatullah. Professor, Department of Futures Studies, Tamkang University; International Management Centres Association, University of Action Learning; the Communication Center, Queensland University of Technology. Keywords: Civilizations, Alternative Futures, Agricultural, Food, Macrohistory, Scenarios Summary: The argument made in this article that there are generally two foundational global  futures – the artificial (globalization-technologization) era and the communicative-inclusive […]

Terror and World System Futures (2001)

Sohail Inayatullah[1] The events of September 11, 2001 should be seen in global human terms as a crime against humanity and not as a war against anyone. This is not only because those in the WTC come from many nationalities [2] but as well issues of solidarity and efficacy of response move us in that […]

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 […]

World as City: City as Future (2000)

By Sohail Inayatullah Imagining the Multicultural Futures of the City What will the cities of the future look like? Is there one clear future for the city or are there a range of alternative futures? First the immediate data and most forecasts point to one overwhelming trend – the urbanization of the planet, Blade Runner […]