By Adam, B., Groves, C.
Destiny issues issues modern methods to the longer term - how the longer term is understood, created and minded. In a social global whose speed maintains to speed up the longer term turns into an more and more tricky terrain. whereas the focal point of social existence is narrowing all the way down to the current, the futures we create every day forged ever longer shadows. "Future issues" addresses this paradox and its deep moral implications. It locates modern techniques to the long run in a much wider sociological and historic framework of practices, lines changes and continuities, and exhibits how modern practices of futures-construction make taking accountability for futures all yet very unlikely.
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From the perspective of a re-embedded processual future we see the world anew. We re-cognise, that to trade and discount something which does not belong to us is theft after all. The futurity of matter and the aspirations of others as well as future peoples’ needs and rights begin to re-emerge from the shadows. All that is air congeals into form, becomes tangible and real. We can take responsibility for our dreams and aspirations projected into products and processes. We can accompany latent, immanent, interconnected process-worlds of our making to their realizations sometime, somewhere.
Thus far, the scientiﬁc mode of inquiry has no tools with which to engage with future presents. 4 4 See for example Bell (2003/1997), Bell & Mau (1971), Inayatullah (2005), May (1996), and Slaughter (1995). the future told 37 From that vantage point, in turn, futurists seek to devise the means and paths to reach desired end states. While the importance of these methods must not be understated, it needs to be acknowledged that those future presents, with few exceptions such as Bell’s (2003/1997) dispositionals, are not conceived as facta but as products of the imagination only.
As distinct from forecasts, predictions and futures trading, which depend on accurate knowledge of the past extended into the future, projections are pronouncements of promised futures which are planned to be produced and actualized. The source of knowledge for such projections is the actively chosen future for which nevertheless the outcome is by no means assured. To foretell the future of your own design is clearly such a dramatically diﬀerent approach to foresight and prediction that one might argue it does not belong in this chapter at all.