How Well Do You Get Along With Your Robot? (2015)

Automation and our jobless futures SOHAIL INAYATULLAH   THE CHALLENGING FORECAST A recent report by the Foundation for Young Australian provides three dramatic forecasts. These are: [i] 44 per cent of jobs will be automated in the next 10 years 60 per cent of students are chasing careers that won’t exist Young people will have […]

The Futures of the University: Wikipedia Uni, Core-periphery Reversed, Incremental Managerialism or Bliss for All? (2011)

By Sohail Inayatullah   ABSTRACT This article explores the alternative futures of the university. After a review of critical drivers identified a decade ago in the book, the University in Transformation, three scenarios are presented. They are: Wikipedia Uni; Core-Periphery reversed and Incremental managerialism. In this last scenario, three zones of change are discussed: (1) […]

Seven Hypothesis and Doorways to a Knowledge Economy (2006)

By Sohail Inayatullah SEVEN HYPOTHESIS AND DOORWAYS TO A KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY Speech, July 11, 2006 Creating a Knowledge Economy for the Sunshine Coast   The image of the future and the learning community The Sunshine coast currently stands between different images of the future. The first is the traditional, small scale, strong community, fishing village. […]

Which Future for Libraries? (2006)

Based on a futures workshop of expert librarians and library stakeholders, four futures of the library and librarians are explored: “The Lean, Information Machine,” “Co-location for Community Capacity Building,” “Knowledge Navigator,” and “Dinosaurs of the Digital Knowledge Era.” Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University and Adjunct Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast. S.inayatullah@qut.edu.au. www.metafuture.org Will libraries […]

Community Futures (2005)

Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University, Queensland University of Technology, Sunshine Coast University and Transcend Peace University. www.metafuture.org PREFACE This short article explore the futures of community in Australia. It does so using futures methods. Futures methods seek to understand the future seeing the future not as an empty space to be filled but as a […]

Transforming Communication (Book Info, 2002)

Transforming Communication: Technology, Sustainability and Future Generations Edited by Sohail Inayatullah and Susan Leggett | Praeger Studies on the 21st Century, Vol. No. 39, 2002 | 200 pages. Library of Congress Catalog Card No.: 2001036702 | ISBN: 0-275-96944-4 Contributing authors: Anthony Judge, Richard Neville, Darren Schmidt, Jérôme Bindé, Tony Stevenson, Sohail Inayatullah, Levi Obijiofor, Rakesh […]

Virtual and Genetic Challenges to Green Politics and Planning (2002)

Is sustainability possible in a world of cloned cats, animals and rights of robots? By Sohail Inayatullah Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan; Sunshine Coast University, Sippy Downs. Based on a keynote speech presented to the Environmental Institute of Australia, Brisbane, August 2, 2002. Clearly, few of you in the room have a virtual cat or an […]

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 […]

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 […]