A very short introduction to the future

A review of The Future by Jennifer M. Gidley

Reads like a hundred-page lit review, but offers a solid introduction to the hopeful and empowering concept of alternative futures. Alternative futures operate at the boundary of the possible, the ideal and the real, to create possible, preferred and probable futures. This concept claims that the future is not deterministic, and that instead we have the capacity to create desired outcomes. The author highlights that most of the recent discussion on futures has had a one-dimensional focus on the evolution of technology, and that in fact, there is more to the future. Futures modeling should also encompass humanist facets, such as culture and ethics.

Interesting concept: Industry drives a linear concept of time, while subsistence drove a cyclical understanding of time.

Interesting quote: “A sense of fear and hopelessness often comes from not knowing enough.”

2/5 stars to The Future by Jennifer M. Gidley