China: Big Brother, Brave New World or Harmonious Society?

ACADEMIC ARTICLE: In this paper I examine three textual mythologies regarding China’s evolving present. These are an Orwellian world of covert and overt state control; a Brave New World dystopia where the spirit of the people is subsumed in hedonistic distractions; and finally I assess the progress towards the official vision of the current Beijing…

Harmonic Circles: An Introspective Tool for Futurists

ACADEMIC. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a Futures tool developed by Marcus Anthony called Harmonic Circles. There is a description of the tool itself, and its purposes. An example from the author’s own research is used to demonstrate one potential way of implementing Harmonic Circles. Some appropriate and inappropriate applications of Harmonic…

Deepening China’s Environmental Policies

ACADEMIC: The purpose of this paper is to unpack the discourse on China’s futures, with a particular focus upon the relationship of Chinese people and the environment. The goal is to problematise the dominant discourse, and view the issue though new perspectives. Two tools from Critical Futures Studies will be employed: Sohail Inayatullah’s Causal Layered…

Crisis, Deep Meaning & the Opportunity for Change

The world has been in a state of economic uncertainty since the 2008 financial crisis. Despite efforts by governments worldwide to stabilise the system and return to business as usual, the future remains uncertain. Times of crisis are opportunities to introspect and to question deeply the foundations of society, culture and education. In this paper it is argued that we can no longer found futures and develop educational curricula centred upon immediate economic considerations. This paper begins with an ethnographic perspective, then introduces the concepts of Deep Futures and “money and machines” futures. The discussion centres upon their possible relevance to the current world economic situation. It is argued that the foundations of the current dilemma are, in their essence, psycho-spiritual.

Deep Futures: Beyond Money and Machines

Written by Marcus T. Anthony, November 2009  This is a new paper, written for Nanyang University of Technology (Singapore). The purpose is to briefly introduce the concept of Deep Futures and the emerging discipline of Postconventional Futures Studies (PFS). The goal is to outline potential applications and benefits for Foresight and Futures practitioners. Deep Futures can…

Entangled Minds and the Future

Written by Marcus T. Anthony on Feb 2011  Click on the PDF icon at right to read the article.   This paper has recently been submitted to Foresight journal.   This paper argues the importance of the concepts of entanglement and the extended mind from the perspective of Deep Futures. Emphasised in particular are the reasons why…

Integrated Intelligence

BOOKS (ACADEMIC): This book is an exhaustive coverage of a crucial but poorly understood subject  matter. Marcus T. Anthony examines theories of intelligence and consciousness, and the way in which they represent (or exclude) intuitive, spiritual and mystical experience. It will satisfy the more academically rigorous reader. Marcus T. Anthony’s argument identifies the way narrowly…