New Words in Futuring: Emerging Vocabulary for Social Workers #3 (January 2019)

This is recurring and occasional series of posts in which I round up and share both some new terms I’m hearing in the futures discourse, as well as some links to read a bit more where possible. You can see the first and second of this posts if you’d like to diver in deeper!

Black Swan Theory – based on the idea that unexpected and devastating events will always be part of life, and that in hindsight we can frequently see that we “should have” seen the signs leading up to it. Developed by theorist Nassim Taleb, this framework is a model to assist in guiding analysis of current events to help to predict future calamities.

Brief film about Black Swan theory

Nassim Taleb’s book: Black Swan Theory (2010)

NPR Story about Black Swan Theory with book exerpt (2007)

Haptics – a form of interaction involving touch. In futures/tech language, this refers to technological features that involve touch or creating the illusion of touch.

Short video about haptics

Haptics: The present and future of artificial touch

Post-capitalism – futurist frameworks on the evolution of the modern capitalist economy and what will result in its place.

The beginning of post-capitalism: Some say yes (2017)

Post-capitalism: A guide to our future (2017)

Video of author Paul Mason discusses his book “Post Capitalism” (2015)

After capitalism, what comes next? Ethics, for a start…(2015)

STEEPLED Analysis – Framework for environmental scanning. Includes Social, Technological, Economic, Ecological/Environmental, Political, Legal, Ethics, and Demographic dimensions.

Universal basic income/asset models – the idea of assuring universal financial resources and security to all members of a society

Institute for the Future: Universal Basic Assets – Manifesto and Action Plan (2017)

“Universal Basic Income Is Silicon Valley’s Latest Scam” by Douglas Rushkoff 

Universal basic assets could be the key to an equitable society (2018)

Universal basic assets: The tip of the universal basic income arrow (2018)

Universal basic assets: A smarter fix than universal basic income (2018)

Grand Challenges in Social Work: Building financial capability for all

VUCA – term associated with present ecosystemic conditions in society and various systems (economic, technological and civic). Specifically a “VUCA” world is one that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

Leading NGO’s in a VUCA world (2017)

Leadership skills for an uncertain world

VUCA Planning in the nonprofit world (2018)

What VUCA really means for you (2014)

Redefining leadership in today’s VUCA world (2018)

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