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Will You Marry Robots and Other Disruptions Changing the Futures of Asia

An in-depth study of Asian's future scenarios This article is written by Professor Sohail Inayatullah, UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, Professor at USIM. Tamkang University, Melbourne Business School, The University of the sunshine coast. This piece is both...


My Son Deals in Hamburgers and Other Futures: Causal Layered Analysis in Rio de Janeiro

By Sohail Inayatullah and Jaqueline Weigel THE CLA METHOD INTEGRATED INTO SCENARIOS One of the participants lowered this voice, and said: “I am ashamed to admit it, but my son is involved with hamburger dealing”. This was the punch line of the “Healthy organic food” group’s presentation on the...


Making the transition: Creating a forest of Foresight. An interview with UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, Sohail Inayatullah

By Fayaz Ahmed and Sohail Inayatullah Fayaz Ahmed: First of all, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I was born in Pakistan and have lived in Bloomington, Indiana; Flushing, New York; Geneva, Switzerland; Kuala Lumpur; Malaysia; Honolulu, Hawaii; and, Mooloolaba,...


Neither A Black Swan Nor A Zombie Apocalypse: The Futures Of A World With The Covid-19 Coronavirus

Is this a Black Swan? Our colleague Louis Zheng from the Shanghai FuturistCircle suggested that no one had predicted COVID 19 Coronavirus. “Is it a black swan?” he asked.[1] Accessed 17 March 2020. Our response was that this is not a black swan, as a black swan event is...