Sustainability requirements for foresight - A suggestion of a framework of principles

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    Abstract

    Sustainability is a challenge facing all actors and organisations in the present years. Among the many different methods for future-oriented analysis, discussion and planning, a considerable share has been criticized for not being capable of addressingaspects of environmental sustainability. The critique e.g. argues that foresight is not sufficiently problem-oriented and not sufficiently integrated in the actual, complex realities and, thereby, too superficial for the challenges of sustainability.Still, foresight and future-oriented strategic management seem to be increasingly usual and needed in a world that on many points is fast changing. This paper attempts to give an answer to this dilemma. It describes a set of requirements for foresightfrom the sustainability challenge and discusses principles for foresight methods dealing with sustainability. The principles e.g. concern production/consumption systems, eco-efficiency, risks & uncertainty, institutional reflexivity, values and visions.The paper builds on experiences from a number of foresight activities. Moreover, it builds on social studies of innovation and technology development and of expectations and visions dynamics in science and innovation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings (internet publication)
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    PublisherFinland Futures Research Centre and Finland Futures Academy
    Publication date2005
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event7th Annual International Conference on Foresight Management in Corporations and Public Organisations - New Visions for Sustainability - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 9 Jun 200510 Jun 2005
    Conference number: 7

    Conference

    Conference7th Annual International Conference on Foresight Management in Corporations and Public Organisations - New Visions for Sustainability
    Number7
    CountryFinland
    CityHelsinki
    Period09/06/200510/06/2005

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