Welcome to the video links page. Much of this material has been unavailable until recently. I hope that it will achieve a couple of goals. First, to make it clear why I’ve spent most of my adult life working in the futures / foresight arena. Second, to help to answer some of the perennial (and entirely reasonable) questions about ‘what FS / applied foresight is all about!’
The first item is an on-line invited presentation for a WFSF conference in Turku, Finland, during June of 2015. The title of the presentation was – Getting to the Heart of Things: Reflections on a Life in Futures Studies and Applied Foresight. The paper I wrote for the event can be found here on this website under Action Resources.
The next items are parts 1 and 2 of an interview with Christine Winnell that took place in Wellington, New Zealand, during April 2011. They cover the following themes from my new book The Biggest Wake Up Call in History, (Foresight International, 2010).
Part 1: the meaning of the ‘Anthropocene Era;’ significance of Las Vegas and Dubai; impacts of organised crime; meanings associated with the term ‘collapse;’ and the ‘main idea’ behind the integral method.
Part 2: engaging with different worldviews; dealing with the negative impacts of advertising and consumerism; climate change and peak oil in the context of attempts to continue economic growth; some aspects of a ‘global descent’ scenario; future of mass travel and next steps for those wishing to ‘make a difference.’
Shaping the Future is a short video that was made in 1996 to accompany the development and launch of a new upper secondary subject called Futures – Personal, Social, Global in Queensland, Australia. The relevant government Board, however, allowed the trial subject to fail even though it had the full support of the profession and early evaluations were favourable. I’ve provided the background to this rather sad story here on the Futures in Education page. Here you can also find a background paper on the topic called: Futures Education: Catalyst for Our Times (2008)
Shaping the Future – An Introduction to Futures Studies in Education part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qxQ4mTjvag
Shaping the Future – An Introduction to Futures Studies in Education part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=panXLgvZRo4
The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (KBFS) is a project that I started working on in the early 1990s while working as a lecturer in the Institute of Education, University of Melbourne. It was sparked by a perceived need for entrants to the field to have access to a common starting point. It began as a special issue of Futures (1993) that was subsequently expanded into a three volume set of books in a slipcover (1996). Two further volumes were then added and the whole opus made available on a CD-ROM (2000). This too was updated a couple of times and the latest version is available from the Foresight International website.
The following clips are from presentations given a few years ago. They deal with several major topics within Futures Studies and applied foresight. These are the KBFS itself, Social Innovation, the Foresight Principle and Institutions of Foresight (or IOFs). Several case studies of the latter are discussed, including Australia’s own Commission for the Future.
Introduction to the Knowledge base of Futures Studies: Overview – Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8pEv0BfgWU
Introduction to the Knowledge base of Futures Studies: Overview – Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkVDsOLSO0o
The Knowledge base of Futures Studies: Social foresight – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC8oFPAGrm8
Social Innovation 1: An Introduction – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giNeJcqIuzM
Social Innovation 2: The Transformative Cycle – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iATbKTwgtIU
Social Innovation 3: Social Learning – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPQ1YW6jDfQ
The Foresight Principle to Institutions of Foresight 1: Overview part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cptzCFwBw1g
The Foresight Principle to Institutions of Foresight 1: Overview part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsmVrRaj880
The Foresight Principle to IOFs 2: National Foresight Strategy – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2huk3pQevx4
The Foresight Principle to IOFs 3: Case Studies – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7n5714iRQU
The Foresight Principle to IOFs 4: The Commission for the Future – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxvf_Oro0lo
These and a number of similar clips are also available via: http://youtube.com/strategicforesighttv