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Aktuelle Ereignisse veranlassen gerade Zukunftsforscher, sich ältere Spekulationen noch einmal vorzunehmen und mit der Realität zu vergleichen. Im Jahr 2002 publizierten wir in unserem Buch über Wild Cards ein kurzes Szenario „Die neue Pest“. Wir setzten damals eine viel höhere Sterblichkeit als b...

Megatrends are a popular way to speak about the future, but they tell more about the specific zeitgeist than about possible futures.

On March 6, 2020, in conjunction with the World Future Day the Finnish “National Foresight Network” organized a “Foresight Friday” at Helsinki. Its topic was “Shap...

All futures are uncertain, but some are even more uncertain. - This was the reason for Karlheinz Steinmüller and his colleagues Roman Peperhove and Hans-Liudger Dienel to edit a book dedicated to research areas with high uncertainties: "Envisioning Uncertain Futures". The book contains a collection...

"Continue like this" and "policy on sight" have their advantages, but these are not really convincing options in the long run. In a total of four scenarios (and six sub-scenarios), Klaus Burmeister, Alexander Fink, Beate Schulz-Montag and Karlheinz Steinmüller have described in shich direction Germa...

Futurology deals primarily with burning problems of the present. But even a speculative look into the distant future allows insights. Which basic development paths, biological-evolutionary, technological, social, are conceivable for mankind? Where are existential dangers lurking? What does the "sile...

What is the difference between "good" foresight and mediocre or bad one? What means quality in futures studies? Which criteria may be applied? And how can I in my own work achieve good, reliable, high-grade and useful results? What are the main points I should pay attention to?

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In 2012 the first issue of the German language journal for futures studies, called Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung appeared - the first specialised journal on the German market, at least since the journal "analysen und prognosen - über die Welt von morgen" was discontinued in 1981.

Zeitschrift für Zukunfstforschung

K. Stei...

In December 2011, the project “FESTOS - Foresight of Evolving Security Threats Posed by Emerging Technologies” was finalised with a conference at Brussels. The foresight study, financed by the European Commission, was aimed at the „Dark Side of Technology“. Looking ahead to the year 2030, new ri...

Since fall 2010, Freie Universität Berlin is running a master's program in futures studies at the Institut Futur. This program is supported by numerous members of the Netzwerk Zukunftsforschung. For example, Prof. Reinhold Popp and Karlheinz Steinmüller give lectures on the methodology of futures...