To See With Fresh Eyes: Integral Futures and the Global Emergency; Summary of Contents, by Richard A. Slaughter

To See With Fresh Eyes:Integral Futures and the Global Emergency

Richard A Slaughter

Summary of Contents

Part One: Early Perspectives

Chapter 1. Origins of a defective worldview


Plight of islands

Origins of the Western industrial worldview

Achievements of industrial culture

Costs of progress

The metaproblem


Chapter 2. Future vision in the nuclear age


Roots of the nuclear threat

False boundaries

Fear and the stranger

Instrumental rationality

Exploitation and repression

The nuclear state

The future as nightmare: utopia to dystopia

Defending the high frontier: a backward leap for humankind

Negotiating viable futures

The interpretive perspective

A transpersonal view

Conclusion: empowerment and vision in the extended present


Chapter 3. Cultural reconstruction in the post-modern world Fragmentation, narrowness and the subversion of meaning

Four hierarchical frameworks

Participating consciousness

A global systemic view

Temporal balance

Cultural discourse and consciousness in transformation

Recovering meaning



Part Two: Applications


Chapter 4. Mapping the future


Elements of a structural overview Continuities

Implications of global trends

Change processes

Serious problems

New factors ‘in the pipeline’

Sources of inspiration and hope

Conclusion: four major challenges


Chapter 5. Transcending flatland


The bad news

The good news: recovery is already under way

Aspects of Wilber’s account

Meta map for a renewed worldview

Grounds of cultural recovery

Implications for futures studies

Conclusion: transcending flatland, or, the most interesting futures…


Chapter 6. A new framework for environmental scanning


Limitations of conventional ES Transcending flatland

Meta map for a renewed worldview

Cultural recovery

Revised frame for ES ES in four worlds

ES beyond empiricism



Chapter 7. From forecasting and scenarios to social construction: changing methodological paradigms in futures studies


Forecasting as a necessary contradiction

Scenarios and the discovery of divergence

Emergence of critical futures studies

An emerging paradigm – the social construction of reality



Chapter 8. The transformative cycle


Inner and outer views

Outline of the basic T-cycle

Uses of the T-cycle

1987 conclusion

2003 re-assessment – origins and developments

Critical to integral futures



Part Three: Case Studies and Implications


Chapter 9. Waking up after the war



How can futurists respond?

Post-conventional futures studies / foresight Post-conventional practice



Chapter 10. Mapping the limits of intelligence Introduction

Social interests Methods
Focal domains

Capacity building





Chapter 11. What difference does integral make?


Changing methods and approaches

What is meant by ‘integral?’

Re-visiting ‘mapping the future’

How IF ‘refreshes’ other methods

Conclusion – wider implications


Chapter 12. The state of play in the futures field – a metascanning overview


Overview and key questions


Research method




Chapter 13. Beyond the threshold: using climate change literature to support climate change response


Part One: Aspects of the integral method

Part two: Emergent patterns in climate change literature Part three: beyond the threshold




Chapter 14. Welcome to the anthropocene Introduction

‘Late cornucopian’ contradictions

Embrace insights into the state of the global system

Acknowledge, value and apply signals of change

Cultivate skepticism about the assumed primacy of science and technology

Explore the potential of human, cultural and institutional innovation

Develop and implement high quality responses

Uses of the grief cycle

An emerging agenda



Chapter 15. Making headway during impossible times

Conventional perspectives on the global emergency

What do conventional accounts tell us?

A most egregious error

‘Proto solutions’ for an emerging agenda

Beyond the growth imperative