On the Horizon: Volume 23 Issue 2


Table of contents - Special Issue: Mastering social foresight

Guest Editors: Dr Roberto Poli

Mastering social foresight – introduction to the special issue

Roberto Poli

– The purpose of this paper is a presentation of the guiding ideas underlining the master degree course in social foresight recently launched by the University of Trento (Italy).


Social foresight

Roberto Poli

The purpose of this paper is to present the three guiding ideas of the social foresight course, namely, the difference between abstract and concrete futures (i.e. the difference…

Complexity and social sciences

Jack Birner

– The purpose of this paper is to give an outline of the main topics of an introductory course in complexity and social sciences.


System dynamics education: becoming part of anticipatory systems

Rocco Scolozzi, Roberto Poli

– This paper aims to present an overview of deep issues flanking the ideas of system and complexity, and an overview of the mentioned course as a proposal for systems thinking.


On the evaluation of public goods: cognitive and emotional aspects

Nicolao Bonini, Ilana Ritov, Michele Graffeo

The purpose of this paper is to provide a theoretical framework for the assessment of subjective value of public goods. Public goods are not traded, so they do not have market…


Secondary analysis in the social sciences and its relation to futures studies

Cristiano Vezzoni

– The purpose of this paper is to show the importance of secondary analysis to social sciences and to futures studies, both for research and teaching purposes.


Teaching statistics in the context of social foresight. An applied approach based on the use of an open-source software

Diego Giuliani, Maria Michela Dickson, Giuseppe Espa

The purpose of this paper is to present the contents and the didactic approach that characterize, respectively, the “Introductory Statistics with R” and “Statistics and Foresight”…

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