"Every today was a tomorrow" : an integral method for indexing the social mediation of preferred futures

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The visions we hold of the future, whether they are of utopias or dystopias, are not simply a matter of personal imagination. Our conceptions of the future are mediated to us as much as they are privately created by us. To this point, futures studies have not developed an integrative and broad-based framework for considering the social mediation of futures. Understanding how social mediation impacts on our futures visioning requires an interpretive framework that can cope with the multilayered nature of futures visions, the worldviews that are associated with them and a theory of mediation that can be applied within such a context of ‘depth’. Using theory-building methodology, the current paper attempts this task by describing a theory of social mediation that builds on the integral futures framework. An application of the framework explores the relationship between various scenarios of health care futures, their associated worldviews and the mediational factors that influence our visions of future health care systems. ©2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-189
JournalFutures
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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In: Futures, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2008, p. 173-189.

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