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That was the future that wasn’t

The Antidote

ISSN: 1363-8483

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Employs Charles Handy’s predictions from 1989, from his book ‘The Age of Unreason’. Further emphasizes these predictions with a highlighted panel listing the predictions for clarity. Claims that Handy had an optimistic dream of work shared out and more leisure time for all — his optimism, by the mid‐1980s, was tempered by a different reality. Depicts, also, Handy’s later book — ‘The Empty Raincoat’ — which reflected that his hopes in his ‘Unreason’ book had not been fulfilled but his fears, unfortunately, had. Identifies nine paradoxes at the heart of current society — each a sign of an imperfect world — and puts the meat on the bare bones of each. Urges an acceptance of change and to go with the flow to improve our, and others, future.



Kippenberger, T. (2000), "That was the future that wasn’t", The Antidote, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 9-10.




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