Thinking about uncertainty and sustainability

An article at The Conversation on the Federal Government’s new energy ‘Green Paper’ by Tony Wood provides a nice reminder about the importance of decision-making and action under uncertainty. Wood critiques the lack of attention to carbon pricing and longer-term emissions reduction targets, arguing that “this is simply not good enough for an industry where …

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The ‘collective impact’ approach: is there any substance to it, or is it just hype?

There’s a lot of hype of late around the ‘collective impact’ framework for collaborative problem-solving initiatives – lots of prominent folk seem to have embraced it, such as Dawn O’Neil who was recently the CEO of Lifeline Australia and beyondblue, and is a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community and …

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Can futures thinking and related practices be transformative? Considering some insights from social movement studies and field theory

Regular readers of this blog will know that my PhD research has a particular interest in futures thinking exercises (or what I generally call “prospective exercises”). Whereas other researchers are trying to understand the basis of – or potential for – robust anticipatory knowledge, or to develop anticipatory understandings of a particular topic (i.e., ‘the …

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