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The five dimensions of Futures Consciousness

Ahvenharju, Sanna, Minkkinen, Matti, Lalot, Fanny (2018) The five dimensions of Futures Consciousness. Futures, 104 . pp. 1-13. ISSN 0016-3287. (doi:10.1016/j.futures.2018.06.010) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:76097)

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Futures research studies and builds images of possible, probable and preferable futures and paths to such futures. Underlying this effort is human consciousness of futures that is present in everyday anticipatory behaviour and explicit foresight. Futures researchers often aim to increase this consciousness in order to enable decision-making towards more desirable futures. Despite the importance of the concept of Futures Consciousness, and the proliferation of related concepts, there is no commonly used definition or operationalization that would permit empirical research. This article presents a conceptual model of Futures Consciousness that is based on an integrated review and analysis of the descriptions of future consciousness and its related concepts in literature as well as in the theoretical underpinnings of futures research. The model contains five dimensions: 1) Time perspective, 2) Agency beliefs, 3) Openness to alternatives, 4) Systems perception and 5) Concern for others. The model provides the basis for further conceptual development and the operationalization of Futures Consciousness, which would enable its use in empirical research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.futures.2018.06.010
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Fanny Lalot
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 09:24 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:14 UTC
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