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 […]

Alternative Futures of Europe (1999)

Visions from Young People at the University of Trier, Germany What will Europe look like in the next 50 years? What are the plausible scenarios? Which are  the preferred? A seminar held on June 23, 1999 at the University of Trier at the Centre for European Studies explored these and other questions.  Facilitated by political […]

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 […]

Aging Populations – From Overpopulation to Underpopulation (1999)

By Sohail Inayatullah As the world welcomes passenger number six billion – symbolically chosen by Kofi Annan to be a baby Bosnian from Sarajevo – the debate on overpopulation heats up. Concern over the carrying capacity of the Earth, resource use of the rich, and fear of billions of  “others” at immigration gates consistently make […]

Say You Want a Revolution, or Five (1999)

By Sohail Inayatullah  For centuries, world politics has been organised around nations and their official functionaries — with artificial borders drawn up, separating French from German, Australian from New Zealander. But this could all be blown away as technology and political movements reshape our understanding of world governance.    We are in the midst of […]

Civilization, Leadership and Inclusive Democracy (1999)

By Sohail Inayatullah In the context of civilizational approaches to economy and polity, this essay explores models of leadership. These models include: the taoist-sage; the tantric-sadvipra; the islamic-caliph and the western-liberal. The potential of these ideal-types to decline to evil is discussed, particularly when they evolve outside of democracy and inclusiveness. Leadership is considered the […]

The Rights of Your Robots (1998)

Exclusion and Inclusion in History and Future By Sohail Inayatullah “The Rights of Your Robots: the Politics of Exclusion and Inclusion in History and Future”, in Edmund Ryden, ed., Human Rights and Values in East Asia (Taiwan, Fujen Catholic University, 1998), 143-162 (also at: Many years ago in the folly of youth, I wrote […]

From Silences to Global Conversations (1998)

From Billions Of Silences To Global Civilizational Conversations: Exclusion and communication in the information era By Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milojevic (A version of this appeared in Transforming Communication edited by Sohail Inayatullah and Susan Leggett. Westport, Ct, Praeger, 2002) Many claim that with the advent of the web and internet, the future has arrived. […]

From the Information Era to a Gaia Of Civilizations (1997)

By Sohail Inayatullah, 1997 Information theory, while claiming universality, ignores civilisational and spiritual perspectives of knowledge. Moreover, the information society heralded by many as the victory of humanity over darkness is merely capitalism disguised but now commodifying selves as well. This essay argues for a more communicative approach wherein futures can be created through authentic […]

Deconstructing the Information Era (1997)

By Sohail Inayatullah, 1997 Has The Future Arrived? Many claim that with the advent of the web and internet, the future has arrived. The dream of an interconnected planet where physical labor becomes minimally important and knowledge creation becomes the source of value and wealth appears to now here. But perhaps the “cyber/information era” view […]