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Integral futures: breadth plus depth equals foresight with insight

Andy Hines (Senior Ideation Leader at the Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan, USA)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



The Australian Foresight Institute has brought out a collection of essays that provide a wonderful introduction into the realm of integral thinking as being brought into foresight and futures studies. They suggest a broader, more‐encompassing framework for understanding the future and providing context for what's going on today. Two essays explore foresight in everyday life and conclude that “foresight is something that can be improved with practice.” The second entry looks at how two leading practitioners, Richard Slaughter and Sohail Inayatullah, are applying critical thinking to foresight and challenging the taken‐for‐granted and probing for hidden assumptions. The third brings integral thinking to critique national science and technology foresight exercises. The final entry is a collection of three papers on the topic of “Reframing environmental scanning” that makes the case for a new approach and then lays out early progress in that direction.



Hines, A. (2004), "Integral futures: breadth plus depth equals foresight with insight", On the Horizon, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 123-127.



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