About this Category: Philosophy & Ethics

In development. The category of “Philosophy” includes texts and artifacts connected to philosophical treatment of the future: examining our beliefs and concepts about it, as well as our interpretations of what science is telling us regarding what the future is, and how we should relate to it. Note that ethics and ethical deliberation is almost … Continue reading About this Category: Philosophy & Ethics

About this Category: Future: Study of

In development. “Future: Study of” is the category for texts and artifacts related to professional future studies, including the practice of trend forecasting, scenario development, and analyses of how planning and goal-setting do or do not succeed in producing intended outcomes. This category also includes a review of the basic concepts and methods, or “modes”, … Continue reading About this Category: Future: Study of

About this Category: Future: Visions of

In development. “Future: Visions of” is the category for texts and artifacts related to specific descriptions of expected or desired futures. These can range from formal vision statements (such as those found in organizational documents) to journalistic or fictional portrayals. Very positive future visions are often called “utopias,” while negative visions are known as “dystopias.” … Continue reading About this Category: Future: Visions of

About this Category: Science & Technology

In development. Under the topic “Science & Technology,” you will find texts and artifacts related to these fundamental drivers of change and shapers of our future. Note that science and technology, while deeply related, are two very different things: science seeks understanding about how the universe works, while technology seeks to change how the world … Continue reading About this Category: Science & Technology

About this Category: Sustainability

In development. Under the topic “Sustainability,” you will find texts and artifacts related to a concept fundamental to “The Optimist Trilogy”: the ability of our way of life to continue into the future. Included in this category are related phrases such as “Sustainable Development,” “Resilience,” and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). Sustainability — … Continue reading About this Category: Sustainability