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

Introduction

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

Introduction

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

Conclusion

 

Part Two: Applications

 

Chapter 4. Mapping the future

Introduction

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

Introduction

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

Introduction

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

Conclusion

 

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

Introduction

Forecasting as a necessary contradiction

Scenarios and the discovery of divergence

Emergence of critical futures studies

An emerging paradigm – the social construction of reality

Conclusion

 

Chapter 8. The transformative cycle

Introduction

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

Conclusion

 

Part Three: Case Studies and Implications

 

Chapter 9. Waking up after the war

Introduction

Overview

How can futurists respond?

Post-conventional futures studies / foresight Post-conventional practice

Conclusion

 

Chapter 10. Mapping the limits of intelligence Introduction

Social interests Methods
Focal domains

Capacity building

Discussion

Recommendations

Conclusion

 

Chapter 11. What difference does integral make?

Introduction

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

Introduction

Overview and key questions

Definitions

Research method

Results

Conclusion

 

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

Introduction

Part One: Aspects of the integral method

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

Discussion

Conclusion

 

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

Conclusion

 

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

Conclusion

 

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