Six pillars: futures thinking for transforming

  title={Six pillars: futures thinking for transforming},
  author={Sohail Inayatullah},
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a new approach to the study of the future.Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes six foundational concepts (the used future, the disowned future, alternative futures, alignment, models of social change, and uses of the future), six questions (will, fear, missing, alternatives, wish, and next steps as related to the future) and six pillars (mapping, anticipating, timing, deepening, creating alternatives, and transforming), giving… 

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  • D. Schreiber
  • Business
    Futures Thinking and Organizational Policy
  • 2018
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