Where our cities are headed is a question being investigated globally by many stakeholders of our urban futures. This piece examines the possible, probable and plausible futures of the city, and what these may look like. the method used to extrapolate these futures is macrohistorical analysis. Positioning the current state of our globalised cities within different models of cultural/historical change gives us the grand patterns for the future of the city. The conclusion shows the ways in which the city is a tangible cultural product of civilisation and how the city can be positively used as a catalyst towards the development of a planetary human civilisation.
A postformal response to an article by Ziauddin Sardar using complementary views as expressions of the complex truths of multiperspectivality. This involves discussion of notions of progress, development, evolutions and co-evolutions from different points of view as an opener to coming to terms with complexity. How can complexity and paradox be understood as paths to wisdom? This is a call to embrace the richness of complexity and play with – rather than fear – the paradox of planetary pluralism.
The Psychology of the Future: Flourishing in the Flow of Evolution
The Question: How Do We Create a Good Future?
• The Central Challenge of Human Life & the Central Issue Motivating the Study of the Future
• The Answer I propose is:
We create a good future—defined as flourishing in the flow of evolution—through the heightening of future consciousness, which is achieved by developing a core set of character virtues, most notably and centrally wisdom.
Visions and Scenarios for Democratic Governance in Asia 2030
Sohail Inayatulah, Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan and Macquarie University, Australia. www.meta-future.org and www.metafuture.oog
“Democratic governance will thrive in Asia, once Asian narratives – myths and metaphors – are used to provide support and give meaning to it.”
“Democratic governance in 2030 will be radically different from how we see it today. We need new lenses to see the future.”
“Democratic governance will keep on changing as new technologies, demographic shifts and geopolitical transitions challenge reality – prepare for flux!”
This paper seeks to offer a broad, Australian perspective on innovative approaches to education
that may facilitate the social and emotional education of children. The paper begins with
a brief overview of the unique history of education in Australia, followed by a discussion of the youth mental health crisis during the 1990s. Several phases of development of social
and emotional education in Australia and an overview of many kinds of approaches,
including both explicit, curricular programmes and implicit, contextual and whole
system approaches. Three case studies are then discussed: a whole system approach (Steiner
education system), a whole population approach (all Australian five-year olds) and a targeted
programme (for those experiencing grief and loss).
Book chapter within The CLA Reader.
Based on a world centric view, the sustainable development of our cities needs to be implemented with new thinking, facilitating the human progression of its citizens through the Spiral of Development and its evolutionary frames of reference – requiring intervention at all levels of the city. Currently sustainable development is practiced within a milieu of competing systemic frames of reference, and this struggle is consuming our focus rather the achieving tangible outcomes. Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) is useful here, in that it is able to probe through these frames of reference (or systemic levels of reality) seeking causal linkages and contradictions.
Women in Futures Studies and Women’s Visions of the Futures – One Man’s Tentative View
An article by James Dator