Key readings on biases affecting consideration of the future

I’ve started developing a list of key readings which explore how and why engagement with the future can be biased (or problematic in other/related ways). This list of readings is a work-in-progress and will be progressively added to… I’d be keen to hear from you if you have suggestions for additional readings exploring the following … [Read more…]

Never Saw It Coming

Karen Cerulo’s book Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst is an interesting sociological book which considers the socio-cultural practices and other factors that influence whether worst case scenarios have a sufficiently prominent place in thinking and planning. The analysis is mostly focussed on the United States of America. Cerulo analysis proposes … [Read more…]

Contemplating the tensions between scholarship and activism

Whilst many people would argue that there aren’t unsolvable tensions between scholarship and activism I’ve sometimes found that there are tensions. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about regarding future career options and directions. I was also stimulated to revisit this line of thought by a fascinating talk given by the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt … [Read more…]