Finding time for the future and overcoming future avoidance

Irving H. Buchen (Director of International Programs, IMPAC University, Punta Gorda, Florida, USA (E‐mail: ibuchen@msn.com))

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To present the degree to which futurists (inadvertently perhaps) encourage future avoidance or deflection.

Design/methodology/approach

Identifies instances and examples of future deflection and avoidance attributable to the misplaced zeal of forecasters.

Findings

Proposes five strategies futurists can use to turn avoidance into acceptance.

Originality/value

To call attention to the negative impacts of forecasters and forecasts on audiences and to suggest ways to eliminate or limit such audience alienation.

Keywords

Citation

Buchen, I. (2005), "Finding time for the future and overcoming future avoidance", Foresight, Vol. 7 No. 6, pp. 3-7. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680510630902

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Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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