Seven Positive Trends Amidst the Doom and Gloom (2012)

By Sohail Inayatullah January 06, 2012 While there is a great deal of bad, indeed, horrendous, news in the world ­- global warming, terrorism, the global financial crisis, water shortages, worsening inequity – ­there are also signs of positive change. GENOMICS First, in genomics, the revolution of tailoring health advice has begun. Among other websites, […]

Which Future for South-East Queensland? (2006)

Professor Sohail Inayatullah October 2006 The SEQ 2026 plan intends to: “protect biodiversity, contain urban development, build and maintain community identity, make travel more efficient, and support a prosperous economy. At the same time, the Regional Plan proposes that communities be built and managed using the most up-to-date and effective measures to conserve water and […]

Disability Futures (2006)

Alternative Futures of Disabilities Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University; University of the Sunshine Coast and Transcend Peace University. www.metafuture.org. s.inayatullah@qut.edu.au. [1] FUTURE AS SITE OF CHANGE Why explore visions of disability when the problems of today are so pressing? First, the present is often politicized. It feels unchangeable. Attitudes and structures, […]

Spirituality as the Fourth Bottom Line (2005)

Sohail Inayatullah, Professor, Tamkang University, Sunshine Coast University, Queensland University of Technology – www.metafuture.org Invariably, at the end of a lecture on paradigm change, new visions or community capacity, there is always some one in the audience who asks: but what is the bottom line? This is especially so at technical universities and business organizations. […]

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 […]

Asia Pacific Cities Summit International Keynote Panel (2003)

BEYOND ROADS, RATES, AND RUBBISH: THE ALTERNATIVE FUTURES OF THE CITY Opening comments by Sohail Inayatullah 2003 Asia Pacific Cities Summit International Keynote Panel. 20 October 2003. Brisbane. We are to explore the alternative futures of the city.]   These futures are based on the consequences of current trends as well as the anticipation of […]

SMART – A preferred Vision for Redcliffe-Caboolture (2002)

By Sohail Inayatullah 1.      Background Over 50 health care professionals met on April 17th at the Redcliffe Convention center to develop a shared vision of the future. The aim of this conference was underpinned by a need to create a single intent that ‘pulled’ multiple realities held by limited stakeholders into one vision that could: […]

Health Futures for Queensland, Australia (2000)

By Sohail  Inayatullah Will health-bots monitor your caloric intake, warning you if you’ve eaten too much or not exercised enough?   Which medical model is likely to dominate – the democratic, the professional or the corporate? Can medicare continue or will globalization end Australia’s unique universal health care system? How will the internet change how patients […]

Ageing Genes: Planning for Discontinuous Futures (2000)

By Sohail Inayatullah Even amidst the “future shock” of the last fifty years, the future has been stable. It has been an image of the future defined by Continued Economic Growth: a suburban home, escape from manual work, a better life for one’s children, a nuclear family along with traditional notions of retirement (birth, student, […]