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Future World Council Creation: reflections of an ancient futurist

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Future World Council Creation
Naming the challenge
Calls for self-awareness
"Good guys" vs "Bad guys"
Appropriate assessment
Strategic merit
Image and metaphorical framing
References

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The following groups of questions merit some attention when considering a new collective initiative -- notably those of an international, interdisciplinary, intersectoral, intercultural and/or interfaith nature. The questions build on related articulations in papers identified in the references below. Through Mankind 2000, the author participated in the processes leading to the creation of the World Futures Studies Federation in 1973, and the production of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential in 1976 (online since 2000) in collaboration with the near-centennial Union of International Associations. A series of papers have been contributed to futures related conferences and projects [more]. The author has also participated in a variety of "save-the-world" initiatives.
Learnings from the past
Naming the challenge
Calls for self-awareness
"Good guys" vs "Bad guys"
Appropriate assessment
Strategic merit
Image and metaphorical framing
References


With respect to the many honourable new initiatives to add to the number of world bodies concerned with the future of the world, such as the World Future Council:

Learnings from the past

  1. Has understanding of the initiative benefitted in any way from the past history, even the recent past history, of such initiatives -- in which some of the participants may themselves have been key players?
  2. Have we not been confronted with very similar initiatives before? What happened last time? Are the previous initiatives still continuing in some form? Or are the apparent similarities an illusion?
  3. Does the new initiative make reference to past initiatives having the same or related ends -- whether to show how it builds upon them, or complements them, or to show how it is avoiding the errors previously made?
  4. Why have those who select themselves into such groups not been more successful in the past? Are the learnings they bring from such experiences to the articulation of the new strategy of greater significance than the assumptions they bring about what they have failed to learn?
  5. What is the insight that is encouraging those undertaking the initiative to believe that they have the key to success in the future?

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