Eleonora Barbieri Masini has led a fascinating life and has greatly contributed to Futures Studies and futures scholars.
Dr. Masini is positive, studious, respectful of differences, conciliatory, and a builder of alternative futures — she has been the soul of futures studies. Eleonora has made a significant contribution to this field. Facing the mainstream of futures studies in the 1970s, which favored a techno-economic approach, Eleonora emphasized aspects such as human and social foresight. Her work focused on the visions of the future; the development of capacities and values that emerge when addressing qualitative, human and social issues; challenged futures studies to rethink and highlight the role of women, family, ethics, culture, equity and the environment.
Eleonora’s purpose has been to recognize the many visions of diverse futures: giving voice to those who do not conventionally participate in futures initiatives (women and children). She sought interconnection and dialogue through resolving conflicts and creating spaces of harmony.
For all the above reasons, and the enormous coherence between her life, her work, and her being — Dr. Masini is one of the important founders of futures studies and a wise guide for the new generations to continue to see futures studies not just as about technology and economics but futures as if people (especially children), culture and the environment matter.