New Legacies One of my favorite posts from my time here at Open the Future has to be Legacy Futures , from late 2008. The concept of a legacy future is simple: it's a persistent but outdated vision of the future that distorts present-day futures thinking . As I suggest in the original piece, the "jet pack" is the canonical legacy future -- just about every futurist you'll ever meet could tell you about being asked when we'll get our personal jet packs. Some of the other legacy futures I brought up in the 2008 essay include Second Life, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and population projections that don't account for technological (especially healthcare) changes. It's important to remember that the problem with legacy futures isn't that they're actually impossible, but that they're wrong in a fundamental way. But of increasing interest to me is the question of what present-day "plausible" visions of the future will be the legacy futures of the next generation.
The Zeitgeist Movement Global Quaternary sector of the economy The quaternary sector of the economy is a way to describe a knowledge-based part of the economy which typically includes services such as information generation and sharing, information technology, consultation, education, research and development, financial planning, and other knowledge-based services. The term has been used to describe media, culture, and government. "Quaternary sector" is a further delineation of the three-sector hypothesis of industry in the sense that the quarternary sector refers to a part of the third or tertiary sector along with the quinary economic sector. It has been argued that intellectual services is distinct enough to warrant a separate sector and not be considered merely as a part of the tertiary sector. This sector evolves in well developed countries and requires a highly educated workforce. According to some definitions, the quaternary sector includes other pure services, such as the entertainment industry. References
Our Role in Shaping the Future | Foresight Culture I am hoping you’ll take a moment to complete a quick SURVEY. It’s focused on how what people do shapes the future. In late July my colleague Jennifer Jarratt and I will offer a conference session at the WorldFuture 2012 Conference called “Our Role in Shaping the Future“. This is perhaps the seminal question for anyone engaged in foresight. Our session is on Saturday, July 27, 2012, at the conference in Toronto. Futures work depends on identifying patterns of change, understanding data and systems, determining forces, and drivers shaping an organization or a society. The SURVEY is our chance to gather your insights on how what people do matters to shaping the future. Tagged as: change, foresight, future, futures, human agency, leadership, survey, WFS, World Future Society
I pearl in english because it s worldwide but The Emerging Fourth Sector - FourthSector.net The Three Traditional Sectors Businesses create and distribute goods and services that enhance our quality of life, promote growth, and generate prosperity. They spur innovation, reward entrepreneurial effort, provide a return on investment and constantly improve their performance responding to market feedbacks. They draw on the skills, effort and ingenuity of individual workers, and share with them the economic value created by the enterprise. Non-profit organizations give us ways to celebrate, build and protect the many human values that give rise to healthy, thriving communities. Governmental organizations protect and expand the principles of democratic freedom for both individuals and communities, protecting the public interest while at the same time ensuring a level playing field of opportunity and a common framework of laws and their enforcement at a scale that matches the scale of human activity. The Blurring of Sectoral Boundaries Figure 1. Figure 2. Figure 3.
The Importance of Moving Beyond Negative Visions of the Future | Studentreporter When I walked into pavilion 1 at the Riocentro on my first day at Rio+20, I passed a large white exhibitions space which was labelled ” The Future We Want.” I glanced at the big blue word clouds and five large TV screens – “What future do we actually want?,” I asked myself. Hallway entrance area Riocentro; Source: Student Reporter. The cynic in me felt there was no need to answer that question because even if we could agree that the future must be a more sustainable, prosperous one for all, politicians from all over the world, partially with completely different backgrounds, capabilities and ideals, representing conflicting needs and interests, won’t be able to agree upon a shared, long-term vision for the future anyway. Little did I know that just hours later I would be revisiting some of these questions about the “The Future We Want” in a conversation with the exhibition’s co-creators, Jonathan Arnold and Bill Becker.
What is The Free World Charter? What is The Free World Charter? Let's make everything free The Free World Charter is a statement of principles that has the potential to optimise life on Earth for all species, eradicate poverty and greed, and advance progress. Neither political nor religious, these ten short principles could form the foundation of a new, advanced society that uses no money, is free, fair and sustainable. The Free World Charter is now widely considered a logical progression out of the failing mechanisms of today's society, and a natural step in our evolution. Why we need it In case you haven't noticed, the world has become a very hostile place. It does not have to be this way. As the predominant species, we humans have failed to acknowledge the great responsibility that comes with our great knowledge and power. Everything we need for survival: water, food, air, energy, biodiversity, compassion, have become jeopardized through our prioritisation of profit over nature. What is wrong with the world? 1. 2. 3. 4.