Action oriented futures studies in Hungary

Nováky, Erzsébet (2006) Action oriented futures studies in Hungary. Futures, 38 (6). pp. 685-695. DOI 10.1016/j.futures.2005.10.007

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The significant social changes and unstable social–economic processes we are undergoing require more participation and more future oriented grassroots activity both in designing the possible future alternatives and in the actions for the realization of them. Action oriented futures studies and participatory futures studies are in close connection, because orientation towards actions and participation of non-professionals can be strengthened by their mutual interdependence in futures work. This study gives—as examples—summaries of four Hungarian case studies using participatory futures methods: one case from the field of vocational training, two cases concerning regional development, and one about national social–economic development. Our experience shows that such selected groups have evaluated the present issues in their environments as well as the closer and broader regional issues in authentic ways. The future alternatives that were outlined regarding the future of vocational training, acceptable future alternatives of domestic social–economic development, and future living conditions of a smaller settlement and in a larger town, reflected obligation, responsibility and personal interest. That non-professionals lack sufficient future orientation, and do not see possibilities to take serious actions for the future is a read problem. Fortunately, it seems that the future and action oriented attitude of the individuals might be further developed by the use of partnership education.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Business Administration > Institute for Environmental Science > Futures Studies Department
Subjects:Futures Research
Projects:OTKA K43522 - Change and future
ID Code:1760
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:16 Dec 2014 10:38
Last Modified:16 Dec 2014 10:38

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