Towards a planetary consciousness?

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Nearly everyone, over the age of fifty, knows the photo of the Vietnamese girl, Kim Phuc, who, half burnt, is running away after a napalm bombing by the Americans. At the time, this photo was an icon in the protests against the war in Vietnam. What has this image to … Continue reading

Revisiting New Productive Communes: A foresight in realisation through the revival of India’s Ancient Cattle Based Economic Model

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Background of Foresight In the first half of 2013, The Rise of New Productive Communes: A Reality by the Year 2050, a foresight article, was shared on the Visioning 2050 . The New Productive Commune was presented as a self-sufficient, self-contained and sustainable model, that would cause no detriment to … Continue reading

Recapturing the future, strengthening strategic capacities

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Governing bodies take decisions for the future all the time. However, they may not be aware of possible future in their daily business. The municipality of Haarlemmermeer, home of Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, realised that they needed to enhance their imagination of the future and take this into account in their … Continue reading

Searching for unknown unknowns

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In future studies one of the ultimate results is becoming aware of things that were previously unknown to most people. Especially in horizon scans, like the current STT project in the Netherlands, we want to know what is beyond the horizon. What are the unknowns that are unknown to most … Continue reading

Can you please predict the future?

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There is this great temptation that futurists always have to resist: “can you please say something about the future? Just tell us some of your insights of what the year 2050 might look like?” It could make you feel appreciated professionally, or even powerful as a futurist to give such … Continue reading

Scenarios as a warning: Limits to growth

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Probably the most controversial and most famous scenario study published is the Limits to Growth report. It was published as a book in 1972 and presents scenarios, based on computer modelling, on the consequences of economic and population growth. The book was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and produced by … Continue reading

Scenarios on contact with ETI

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Scenarios are used for many different purposes and in all types of organisations. One of the most surprising and inspiring scenario studies I ever came across is the NASA & Pennsylvania State University study on whether contact with extra-terrestrials would benefit or harm humanity. The scenarios were published in 2011 … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Robert Heinlein

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Many experts see Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) as the father of modern social science fiction. Not only did he think about the technology and science of his time, his stories are also strongly influenced by world politics. Heinlein started out as a military (navy) man in his early twenties. He held the military … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: George Lucas

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In a 1977 interview, George Lucas (1944) said ‘I would feel very good if someday they colonize Mars when I am ninety-three years old or whatever, and the leader of the first colony says: “I really did it because I was hoping there would be a Wookiee up here.’ With his Star Wars Saga, Lucas hoped … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Jules Verne

Many consider Jules Verne (1828-1905)  ‘the father of science fiction’. In the 19th century, he saw innovations in technology and in his tales of adventure took those innovations to the next level. Whereas the characters in his book explore far off lands, space and even inner-earth, Verne himself can be seen as ‘an explorer … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley (1797 -1851) made her debut as a writer in 1818 with the worldwide renowned novel Frankenstein. She became, according to experts, the first ever-true science fiction writer. Her story about Dr Frankenstein and his monster could be interpreted as a story of technology gone out of control. But she also asked … Continue reading

Dutch visionairs about the Netherlands in 2030 (video clip)

Now with the Dutch parlement elections, and all the politicians making promises about the future, this very nice television program, called ‘There is always something’ asked a couple of experts to explain their vision of the Netherlands in 2030. Bekijk de video in andere formaten. Barbara Baarsma, economics professor at … Continue reading