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Introduction 1: Three Thousand Years of Futures 2: The Future Multiplied 3: The Evolving Scholarship of Futures Studies 4: Crystal Balls, Flying Cars and Robots 5: Technotopian or Human-Centred Futures? 6: Grand Global Futures Challenges Conclusion References Further Reading & websites Appendix: Global Futures Timeline Index

About the Author

Jennifer Gidley has extensive experience in the futures studies field, combining scholarly research, academic teaching, and leadership of the World Futures Studies Federation (UNESCO Partner). She was re-elected as President in 2013 for a second four-year term to lead 300 expert futures researchers, teachers and professional practitioners from over 60 countries. Jennifer has held academic positions in Australia at Southern Cross (1995-2001); Swinburne (2003-2006); and RMIT (2008-2012); and holds visiting academic posts in Europe.


This pocket-size book ... gives the interested reader an amazing overview on the topic of future and the research field of futures studies ... The rich knowledge and the packed information of ideas, dates, and names is especially helpful for anyone working in the terrain of futures studies as well as students in the field to connect the dots of the many international strains, which often seem so disconnected. * Stefanie Ollenburg, beFORE *
[Gidley] deserves congratulations for helping a lay audience better understand [the future]. * Charles Brass, Compass *
We all should give Jennifer Gidley a standing ovation. This is an absolutely wonderful source, as a basic textbook about the field, and as a very good short introduction about the futureS for everyone. * Jim Dator, World Futures Review *
This is a remarkable book, a useful guide to the future, a revision guide to the future and a reminder of what future studies are all about ... a must read for everyone whether you are a trainee aspiring futurist or a fully qualified one with a PhD. * Ian Seymour Yeoman, Journal of Tourism Futures *
The book is a must read for erudites desiring to broaden their knowledge on the subject. For those considering applying futures thinking in their academic or corporate research, the book serves as a guide for further reading based on Jennifer Gidleys deep and thorough understanding of futures studies as a discipline. * Scenario Magazine *
Brilliant and concise This book not only raises the issues in a highly readable manner, but also raises awareness, and as such I can recommend it unreservedly. * David Lorimer, Network Review *
A wonderfully concise and brilliantly written book * Jade Taylor-Salazar, E&T Magazine *
A thoroughly researched and beautifully expressed invitation to look deeper at this fascinating field of enquiry * Richard Slaughter, Foresight International *

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