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Future Generation through Global Conversation

In quest of collective well-being through conversation in the present moment (Part #1)


Paper for the 15th World Conference (Brisbane, Sept-Oct 1997) of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). Theme: Global Conversations: what you and I can do for future generations.. Published in Sohail Inayatullah and Susan Leggett (Ed): Transforming Communication: technology, sustainability, and future generations. Praeger, 2002, pp. 13-23
Introduction
Global
Conversation
Future
Generation
Doing
Global conversation
Future generation
You and I
What you and I can do for future generation: global conversation
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Introduction

At the end of the 20th century, in many domains, fashionable "buzz words" are "coming home to roost", like chickens in the English phrase. The significance they were supposed to carry in their heyday is no longer evoked in the ways that had been hoped. Now they tend to inhibit conceptual advances by continuing to enthuse and bemuse the unwary. It is in this context that the theme of this conference should be carefully explored: Global Conversations: what you and I can do for future generations.

Is there any possibility of reframing conventional understandings of "future", "generation", "global", "conversation" and "doing" in order to avoid cognitive traps which may be inhibiting the kinds of change sought through use of such terms? It is assumed here that there is a need to avoid defining such terms so as to obscure the possibility of new kinds of action in the present.avoid defining such terms so as to obscure the possibility of new kinds of action in the present.