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Foresight, vol. 18 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6689

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Publication date: 14 November 2018

Jacques G. Richardson and Walter Rudolf Erdelen

Specific examples or brief case-histories in different fields or disciplines illustrate the inventive process from conception to realization.

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Specific examples or brief case-histories in different fields or disciplines illustrate the inventive process from conception to realization.

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The authors examine predictions made in 2007 by “China experts” about what the Chinese business environment would look like in 2017. Their predictions were accurate in respect of around two-thirds of the issues they were asked to consider. The authors focus on the one-third of issues about which they were wide of the mark and examine the likely reasons.

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The newly named Anthropocene is a time of increasing conception, research, design, development, evaluation and exploitation of new artifacts and services. Objectivity: careful problem-analysis assures the authors’ understanding of innovating pathways.

Research limitations/implications

Trial-and-error methods may be disorderly, log-type research records are not kept, accidents not considered relevant.

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Examples cited are transdisciplinary, often requiring inputs from other economic or cultural sectors. These complexities should be of incalculable value to innovators with single-field backgrounds.

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foresight, vol. 20 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6689

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Publication date: 21 September 2020

Jacques G. Richardson and Walter R. Erdelen

This study aims to assess progress toward achieving international (United Nations’) goals and targets for attaining sustainable development and discuss the risks of…

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This study aims to assess progress toward achieving international (United Nations’) goals and targets for attaining sustainable development and discuss the risks of worldwide failure.

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The authors highlight the relationship between global goals/targets and governance, relate this to the concept of sustainable development, outline and compare Millennium Development Goals and their successors, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and lastly view SDG implementation from two major spaces i.e. the governance and science space, respectively.

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Governance and culture as new components of sustainable development may be sine qua non for humanity’s transformative action toward global and just sustainable development. Through fostering informed decision and policymaking, modern science, as sketched in this contribution, should provide the framework for realizing Agenda 2030. Earth System Science and its innovative notions such as the Anthropocene, planetary boundaries, tipping points and tipping elements will be key in the process of “designing” blank a sustainable future of and for Homo sapiens.

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This essay proposes developing holistic approaches to cooperate at all levels in urgent efforts to meet goals projected for 2030 and 2050. The complexity and functioning of the governance space, comprising a system of governance systems, is illustrated not only in the diversity of the institutional landscape but in particular through the blurring of all scales – local to global.

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Publication date: 8 August 2016

Jacques G. Richardson

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Foresight, vol. 18 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6689

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Publication date: 5 November 2019

Walter R. Erdelen and Jacques G. Richardson

This paper aims to discuss the history of human migration till the present day.

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This paper aims to discuss the history of human migration till the present day.

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The authors analyze the human movement from pre-hominid times, forming patterns of existence. Thus, ambient sun and water, weather and climate extremes, shelter, food supply, natural or human-made disasters gave rise to Homo sapiens’ wanderlust.

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Despite obstacles, formidable barriers and even perilous deterrents, the species explored and exploited new soils and waters, whether beneficial or destructive of nature’s ample providence.

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The authors treat societal as well as individual action, cultural behavior and the emergence of economic anthropology. Migratory legislation and regulation now risk transformation into resentment and then xenophobia.

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foresight, vol. 22 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6689

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Publication date: 14 October 2020

Jacques G. Richardson

The purpose of this paper is to understand a spontaneous movement of social mobilization and protest known as the yellow vests and their unrelenting demand for increased…

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The purpose of this paper is to understand a spontaneous movement of social mobilization and protest known as the yellow vests and their unrelenting demand for increased buying power.

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A capsule history of France and the universal struggle for a living wage lead to a post-Marxian process of intensified civic action to support the universal aims of well-being and fair play.

Findings

The yellow vests appear to be assuming the proportions of an unorthodox labor fraternity, a novel pressure network transcending the usual time-and-money quests of integrated trade unions.

Research limitations/implications

Little attention is paid to the changing nature of employment, work itself and labor competitiveness. These require further research.

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Internal and external factors are identified, combining to explain the lack of discipline and orderly evolution by both animators and demonstrators.

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foresight, vol. 23 no. 2
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Publication date: 11 November 2013

Jacques G. Richardson

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Foresight, vol. 15 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6689

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Foresight, vol. 17 no. 1
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Publication date: 8 June 2015

Jacques G. Richardson

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Foresight, vol. 17 no. 3
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