Human Futures No. 2 May 2018 - Page 30

So, in a few words, it was possible to summarise what I saw then, and still see now, as an ‘epochal’ shift in the self-understanding of practitioners and their methods. The point is this: when you look back at the field and compare where we are today, you can see real progress, more depth, more modesty, less overstatement and greater willingness to confront complexity. It’s honestly a field that one can be proud of. Structure and Content Given that elements of the first paper in TSWFE drafted some four decades ago, I’m struck by how specific insights have changed more in detail and depth than they have in substance. Even at that early date, I was increasingly clear about two things. First, that there were indeed many ways beyond the ‘civilizational trap.’ Second, that, however, we collectively responded, the road ahead was going to be very challenging. The core of the book is a belief that what emerges from these chapters makes the journey profoundly satisfying and productive. The evolution of understanding and insight presented there leads to a renewed sense of agency and purpose wherein lies real hope for the future and significantly enhanced capacity, both human and social. In other words, we can now see ways forward with far greater clarity and insight than before. Part one, Early Perspectives, presents three early works. In Origins of a defective worldview I tried to account for how it was that we’d '&fVBBF2@FRf'7B6R'G2bFRV6RFW&fVBg&אfW'f'7B&&&G2&W&VFsRFW"&Wv&V@FFRf'7B6FW"bFRf&W6vB&6RRP&VFrB6RV'2FW"7FfBFRfW&Fv62W'7V6fRWfVFVv( BW&W72B&FW FffW&VFǒrGvV6W2( gWGW&Rf6( n( @( 7VGW&&V67G'V7F( n( &R66Vǒ&VFVB@FVvF&VFVB77VW2w&VFW"FWFVffV7BFWFVƖVFRvB֖vB&R6VBג( F涖pVf&VN( bFRFRFW&RV&ǒGFVG2F'F7VFRFVW2ffW&VBF7W'BvB6~( F@7F6V^( F2W6VgV6W&6W2bf&VBF֗6@R3'BGvƖ6F2&W6VG2v&g&bF#26VFVBrFRgWGW&Rf"'F7V &V6( GFFV7G&FRFRB( B&V6VB&Vf&Pw&7rFRW76V6RbFVw&W'7V7FfR@6w2r6667G'V7FFV'6V֖FPV6FN( 2FW'v6RFFVvRBFR6RFR6&fFrWfFV6Rb6vf6Bv2fWr`F6R( v>( &R'&VfǒFG&W76VBG&66VFpfFBf'7BV&Ɨ6VBW&R&RFR&Vvw0bW&FFFRGW&RBƖ6F2`FVw&FV'gWGW&W2Bf&W6vB6FWG2FPfvrV"6vVBrǖr7V6FV'F6&RgWGW&W2f&W6vBWFFw( FVf&VF66~( G6VVVBBǒFFRBFWr6PbW&FVffV7FfVW72'WB6F6vRFRfW'GW&RbFBvRr7FVBbW6W6fVǐWGv&BvRB6v2BWfVG2( WBFW&^( &6VBWVǒfFf7W2bGFVFFFPg&֖rbFRv&B( W&^( vFFR֖G2@VFW'7FFw2bFR66W'2FV6VfW2b6rF02fF6gN( FB6B2&fVBF&R'BF&VR66R7GVFW2BƖ6F26F6WfVFV2g&#BF#vrWgFW FRv"&Vv2F&VR6'FW"( FVvBV6W>( F@V&Ɨ6VBFRte4b'VWFfvrFRU2V@f6b&FRf7W2bF2v&vWfW"v0BFR6fƖ7BG6Vb'WB( 7B6fVFgWGW&W2f&W6vB&7F6R( Bf&VB'FWFvVFvPbbFR7FfRW'6B66&6W76W0FBW&FVB&VBW2BF2fWr&R琧&W7V7G2( &"F( &R66R66W&2&W@FV6wvVFFWfVVBWF2fW&vP7B6fVFv&6VB6W'Fǒ&R6BF&P&RFVFrfVBFBBv26&Rb&GV6p&RfFfRBW6VgV&W7VG2FV7G&FV@F>( FBV7BFג6F6f7F( GvV6&F"FVVFF"bgWGW&W2fFVBRF&WfWr&W'Bg&ЧFRU2FFVƖvV6R6V6fWvVBF&VvFRg&Wv&FBB'FVWffVBfVB@F&RFVWǒfvVBv&FV&R6FfVǒFW"'GVG&6RFWfVFRFRW6VgVW72`FVw&ǒf&VBWFG2B6RFRf&bখFW&F&W6V&6&V7BFFR7FFRbFRgWGW&W2fVB6dbFVb&W6V&6W'2&6V@6WfW&6VG&W2v&VBF2&V7BfW"WFVFVBW&BBFR&W7VG2V&Ɨ6VB7V677VRbf&W6vB#FRVBW"w&FP"&fFrfW'fWrbFR&V7BBG2W&W7VG0&R&W&GV6VBFR&GvfW'2&VFV@WBF26V7FvV6RFFRF&6VR@rVGvGW&r76&RFW2FRf&W FVFfW2FR6gBbW&2g&F6RG&fV'GW&&6W76W2FFW"6&7FW&VB'FRv&7G2bV7FfFW2vFFR766FV@7G2B&֖gr67G2vBVBF6WfPv2F&WfWrB&V6FWGVƗR6RbFR77VW0FBFVFfVBG'VRv&VW&vV7B&W@FBF6WBWB26V&ǒ26VB6RbFR7@&֗6rF2f&RFW2( rVGv( FV66FW&VBvB6VB( &F6WF>( f"FWFVBBFVw&ǒf&VBvVFb7F@&W76RFBF2v&&V2b6FVrfVR0FV7G&FVB'G2W6Rג7B&V6VBv&vW&PB2&VVƖVBFV6rBFV7&F6pFRB&WfWFfwW&RrFR&v6FWB@v2fvVB'&FRf"Vr66WFW2F6VPFRBbfr&WBFR( w&wFW&FfR( 66RB2FRGFW"FB&wV&ǒƖW2BFRV'B`bW"6FVrFV266RVFFrF2&( fR6FVVBFgW'FW"W&PBFWfVFRFVW2BW'7V7FfW2vFBf WR#R6VFFVBFW"7V677VR`f&W6vBvB֖vB&R6VB( 7&7G&FVw( `( FW66VBFv2( FB2FRFbFW&FV@FW66VBg&FRVbGW7G&W&w&wFVFpW&&ǒF66RF( 7FvVBFW66VN( &wV&ǐVFrF&R7F&RB7W7F&Rv&B'F7V"f7W6VBFRFVRb( FRFVbƖ֗G0BFW&"7V7G2bFW66VN( FR6RV"w&FR6V6R( FVw&gWGW&W2BFP6V&6f"6&G( f"FF.( 2v&BgWGW&R&WfWr6G&7BFF2B2FVB&fRג7@&V6VB&V7B2&VVf66FrFWFGFV@B( &R76W76rFRB&WfWF( f"gWGW&W2खFW&W7FvǒvRV6bF2W7FrF&VR'@&V7BV6W76&ǒFV2vFFR( WG2B&G>( `FRFW&WBB&VFVBFV6vW2FR66W6&WGW&2FvBfRr&Vv&FVB2( FR6W&6R( RfVW2B&FWfVVBF2vVB&R7W'&6RBF&VFW'2bF6VRvFg&W6WW2अTeUEU$U0FW0FRWF"vVBƖRFFFRfvrVRf"FV 767F6RFR&GV7FbF2&fW&W6FV6FVv6fW FW6v⓲V'V&RBƗV6R6VFFr7W6VvvWGBvPWBBW&R6VvFW"FWFR&2&VV&V6VFǐ&R&WfWvVB'FVW7WBf"FRV7FW"#77VRb670FRbV'FW&ǒW&’VFFVB'G&Wr7W''DbBR&6W2bF6VRvFg&W6WW26&R'FVBg&FRf&W6v@FW&F6FSGG3f&W6vFFW&F6