Futures Studies as a Quest for Meaning (2019): Open here

Introductions to and Reflections on RS books (2021): Open here

Publications by year: Open here

S Mendonca overview (2016): Open here

Foresight video clips: To open click here

PhD Thesis: To open click here

The Australian Foresight Institute and I (personal account of the origins and evolution of the AFI): To open click here

The Emergence of Critical Futures by Jose Ramos (To open click here)

Futures Studies raise challenging questions about our world (concise opinion piece from the SUT News): To open click here

7.30 Report interview December 31st 2010

Christine Winnell interviews Richard Slaughter on themes from his book The Biggest Wake Up Call in History, Wellington, New Zealand, April 2011.

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 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny7jTGCvtFE

Part 2: engaging with different worldviews; responding to negative impacts of advertising and consumerism; climate change and peak oil in the context of continued economic growth; nature of a ‘global descent’ scenario; future of mass travel and the next steps for those wishing to ‘make a difference.’

Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGc50j9NgaM

Megan Dwyer interviews Richard Slaughter on social foresight: part 1

Megan Dwyer interviews Richard Slaughter on social foresight: part 2

Brief Bio

Richard A Slaughter completed one of the first PhDs in futures studies at the University of Lancaster in 1982. He is an internationally recognised futurist / foresight practitioner, author, editor, teacher and innovator who has worked with a wide range of organisations in many countries and at all educational levels. He has built a reputation through futures scholarship, educational innovation, strategic and social foresight and the identification of a knowledge base for futures studies (KBFS). He is Director of Foresight International, Brisbane.  (http://www.foresightinternational.com.au)

After stints at several universities he was invited by the VC of Swinburne University in Melbourne to set up the Australian Foresight Institute. During 1999 to 2004 he was Foundation Professor of Foresight there and pioneered new approaches to advanced foresight training and research. A research program on Creating and Sustaining Social Foresight was supported and funded by the Pratt Foundation and produced a series of monographs. (https://richardslaughter.com.au/?page_id=79)  He is a long standing fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). During 2001 – 2005 he was its President.

He is a prolific writer and holds several editorial positions. These include: board member of Futures (Oxford, UK), Foresight (UK), the Journal of Futures Studies (Tamkang University, Taiwan) and series editor of The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (FI, Brisbane). His first book was Birds in Bermuda (Bermuda Bookstores, 1975). He is co-author of Education for the 21st Century (Routledge, 1993, revised and re-issued in 2011 in pdf form as Education for the 21st Century Revisited), author of The Foresight Principle – Cultural Recovery in the 21st Century (Praeger 1995) editor of New Thinking for a New Millennium (Routledge 1996) and co-editor of the World Yearbook of Education 1998: Futures Education (Kogan Page, London 1998).

He has published a series of futures resource books and an edited volume of essays: Futures for the Third Millennium: Enabling the Forward View (Prospect, Sydney, 1999) as well as a collection of papers by various authors from The ABN Report entitled: Gone Today, Here Tomorrow: Millennium Previews (Prospect, Sydney, 2000). A number of his publications have been revised and re-issued on a series of CD-ROMs, beginning with the Knowledge Base of Futures Studies vols 1-5 (FI 2005) and Towards a Wise Culture: Four ‘Classic’ Futures Texts (FI 2006). With Jay Gary a three DVD set with the collective title of Pathways to Foresight (http://www.jaygary.com/peakfutures/peakfutures.shtml), was then produced and published by Peak Futures, Colorado, USA and FI.

He is the author of Futures Beyond Dystopia: Creating Social Foresight (Routledge, London, 2004) and, with M Bussey, Futures Thinking for Social Foresight  a compendium of teaching resources and strategies which is also available on CD-ROM (Tamkang University Press, 2007, revised edition, FI 2011) both of which are also available on CD-ROM. With an international team of researchers Richard completed a study on The State of Play in the Futures Field (SoPiFF) for the Foundation for the Future, Seattle in 2008, later published as a special issue of Foresight vol 11 no 5, 2009.  In 2010 he published a much-praised overview of the global predicament in The Biggest Wake-Up Call in History (FI, 2010) followed by To See With Fresh Eyes: Integral Futures and the Global Emergency (FI, 2012).

He has received professional recognition from several sources. These include three ‘Most Important Futures Works’ awards from the Association of Professional Futurists. The first was for the 2005 Knowledge Base of Futures Studies, Professional Edition, CD-ROM. The second was for a special issue of Futures on Integral Futures Methodologies in 2008. The third was for The Biggest Wake-Up Call in History. During 2009 Richard was appointed as Patron of the Asian Foresight Institute which is based at Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok. Then in 2010 he was voted one of ‘the best all-time Futurists’ by members of the Foresight Network, Shaping Tomorrow. He became an Emeritus member of the APF in 2015.

While attempting to slowly ‘wind back’ a 40-year commitment to futures work he remains active on several editorial boards and in mentoring members of the ‘next generation’ of foresight practitioners. With Josh Floyd he guest edited a special issue of Foresight (vol 16 no 6, 2014) on ‘Descent Pathways.’ Similarly with Anita Sykes-Kelleher and others, he continues to welcome material for a History of Futures in Australia. Other fruitful activities include thinking about writing his memoirs, advanced photographic work (wildlife, street art and restoring antique images), art, film festivals and grandchildren in the UK and Australia. Finally, with the support of the APF he and Andy Hines have recently embarked on a new update of the KBFS – The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies 2020.


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