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ERIC Number: ED187603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Writing Futures Histories.
Humphreys, Les
The paper presents an innovative approach to the future by examining the concept of time in the 20th century, the development of a sense of chronology, and the role of futures history through the process of "invention." The model is based on the Einsteinian theory of the relativity of time. The author suggests that learning a sense of chronology encompasses three stages: one, development of a linear sense of chronology; two, development of a multilinear sense of chronology; and three, development of an integrative/holistic sense of chronology. Learning a sense of chronology in this manner lays the groundwork for a new approach to teaching and doing futures research. The approach, "Futures Invention," has the intention of placing power in the hands of individuals who invent alternative futures through a series of structured techniques. In the first stage of the project, activities aid participants to develop new thought patterns. In the second stage, when participants have left behind the baggage of the past and present, they develop a group of individualized intentions for the future. The third step is to write a futures history backwards--from the future place where the intentional scenario exists--which includes strategies and plans. The aim is to help people gain a sense of power and control over their destinies. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the World Future Society (October, l978).