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Futures Transcended

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This chapter reconnects what has come adrift during the industrial way of life: the production of futures, knowledge of futures and our responsibility for potential outcomes. This means relating action, knowledge and ethics. Since everyone has different competencies in these domains of the future, the chapter explores a number of access points where improvements could be achieved and considers what these might entail. Next it revisits key assumptions that tend to predispose current knowledge practices towards a lack of concern for long-term effects of contemporary future making. One way to deal with the openness and uncertainty of the future has been to create social rules and regulations that bound and delimit the production of what is unbounded and interactively open. This entailed creating laws and regulations on the one hand and institutions that enforce social rules on the other.

Keywords: action; ethics; future making; Futures; knowledge practices; social rules



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