ERIC Number: ED231729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Optimistic Outlooks: Latest Views on the Global Future by a Galaxy of International Experts.
Feather, Frank, Ed.; Mayur, Rashmi, Ed.
Eighteen international futurists present their views concerning separate major world issues. The book includes a prologue which discusses the optimistic nature of most futurists; an introduction which describes the book's contents; 14 chapters arranged into 3 major parts; an epilogue; and conclusion. In part I, which examines the basic necessities of life, views are presented on what to do about population problems and how to meet the universal needs for food, housing, and health care. Part II provides a variety of perceptions on the major social transformation to a new world order. The authors emphasize that the next era is expected to be one of increased affluence, increased leisure, and a simple lifestyle. Also examined are the future of spirituality, women's role in the new era, and the need for a new world order which is based on cultural ethics and scientific principles. The emphasis in part III is on managing the future. The major elements of the international system are reviewed (economics, technology, energy, business, and government), and scenarios are outlined on how these key areas of the future can be better organized and managed. The epilogue considers the question of where to go from here. The conclusion stresses that the world is small, complex, and crowded with issues and people and that we need to live together harmoniously in a cooperative world. (RM)
Descriptors: Administration, Business, Ecological Factors, Economics, Energy, Environment, Females, Food, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Government (Administrative Body), Health, Housing, Leisure Time, Life Style, Population Growth, Religion, Sex Role, Social Change, Technology, World Problems
Global Futures Network, 22 College St., Suite 10M, Toronto, Canada M5G 1K2 ($8.95).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Global Futures Network, Inc., Toronto (Ontario).