Stumbling towards the light: four decades of a life in futures

Slaughter, Richard A. (2021) Stumbling towards the light: four decades of a life in futures. Futures, 132:102794.

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Abstract

This Virtual Curated Special Issue comprises 33 of Richard’s Slaughter’s publications in Futures Journal, alongside commentaries on their themes and the contribution that Richard’s work has had on individual scholars and practitioners as well the broader futures studies community. Thirteen contributors have offered reflections covering six key themes of his work, namely critical commentary on futures; critical and integral futures; education, young people and futures; futures and foresight methods and strategies; twenty first century/Anthropocene; and curating futures knowledge. Over Richard’s career, with influences from him as well as others, methodological practices in future studies have developed from external scanning and analysis to encompass these themes. If there’s any single notion that flows through the author’s own journey it’s the primacy of the human and cultural interiors and the clarity that comes from seeing how they interact with the external, empirically measurable world. What also becomes clear in this view is that worldviews, cultures and values are every bit as significant as technique and technology. Futures work needs a new role, new levels of recognition and a more credible stance in helping our species to awaken from its long, dangerous dream of dominance and power.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 1 July 2023 (24 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 03:46
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 03:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: futures studies; foresight; critical futures; futures education; integral futures; Richard Slaughter
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280109 Expanding knowledge in education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102794
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42746

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