Introduction to future studies

Humans have always been fascinated in the future, since the time of using crystal balls and tarot cards. Thinking about the future requires creativity and thinking outside the box, as this is how it has been done for many years.

Since the 1960’s and the 1970’s we have the development of future studies into a science and an art. It has also taken on a very strong academic component in certain parts of the world. Along with that, we have also seen the institutionalization of future studies in the form of professional bodies.

Naturally, as a still evolving field of study practiced by people from many different disciplines there are bound to be various versions and ways of defining future studies. Like in most disciplines, the definitions differ from person to person. Some of the ingredients of a definition include words such as future studies as an interdisciplinary field. That means that a futurist does not only look at one particular walk of life. They need to take a look at the world among other economics. They need to take on board what is happening in the world of politics, and we need to analyze technology and technological developments.

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Futurism and Business: Dealing with Complexity

University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development