Call for Papers: World Future Review!

Current Issue CoverWorld Future Review is currently accepting submissions concerned with futures research. The journal publishes foresight literature addressing topics informed by technology assessment, policy analysis, operations research, issues management, competition research, and more. To find out more about the manuscript submission guidelines and how you can submit your manuscript to World Future Review, click here.

In the recent June 2016 issue, World Future Review featured articles that addressed social movements and futures research, the operational process for organizational foresight, and the health of futures studies. In addition, a new article published online by authors David N. Bengston, Jim Dator, Michael J. Dockry, and Aubrey Yee entitled “Alternative Futures for Forest-Based Nanomaterials: An Application of the Manoa School’s Alternative Futures Method” delves into four alternative futures for forestry. The abstract for the article:

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Forestry and forest products research has entered into a robust research agenda focused on creating nano-sized particles and nanoproducts from wood. As wood-based materials can be sustainably produced, the potential of these renewable products could be limitless and include high-end compostable electronics, paint-on solar panels, and lightweight materials for airplanes and cars. Others warn about potential serious negative health and environmental consequences. Either way, wood-based nanomaterials could disrupt forestry as we know it. This article is a summary and analysis of a collaborative research project exploring the futures of wood-based nanomaterials within the context of the futures of forests and forest management within the United States. We start by describing the history of forestry through the lens of the U.S. Forest Service, then describe nanotechnology in general and wood-based nanocellulose specifically. Next, we outline the Manoa School alternative futures method, and how we used it to design and carry out a “complete futures of x” project. Following the Manoa School approach, we describe four alternative futures for forestry and forest management. We conclude with implications for the future of forestry, forests, and forest-based nanomaterials, as well as a discussion on the implementation of a complete “futures of x” project.

You can read both the June 2016 issue and the article “Alternative Futures for Forest-Based Nanomaterials: An Application of the Manoa School’s Alternative Futures Method” from World Future Review free for the next two weeks. Want to stay up to date on all of the latest research from World Future ReviewClick here to sign up for e-alerts!

*Wood image attributed to Dennis Hill (CC)

Book Review: Betsy Leondar-Wright: Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups

80140100646770LCold weather getting you down? Why not curl up by the fire with a good book?

Betsy Leondar-Wright : Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University/ILR Press, 2014. 288 pp. $21.95, paperback.

Read the review by Fabio Rojas of Indiana University Bloomington from the OnlineFirst section of Administrative Science Quarterly.

Social class has always been an important element in research on social movements and their organizations. Much of it ASQ_v59n4_Dec2014_cover.inddstems from Marx, of course, but also from later authors such as Alberto Melucci, Claus Offe, and Kathleen Blee who examined the ways that social class shapes how people pursue political goals. This recent book is an examination of how social class shapes activism. Using data from two years of field work and dozens of interviews, Leondar-Wright shows how class differences guide activists as they work together.

This book has many virtues. For example, it presents a typology of progressive groups that captures the major streams of North American progressivism, including its most radical elements, such as anarchists. The numerous illuminating examples of people employing class-based rhetoric in their meetings is another strength. The book’s greatest virtue is that it makes a strong case that class cultures do create substantial barriers among activists and can undermine their groups’ efficacy. Anyone working with people of varying class backgrounds will appreciate the material presented in this book.

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Organization & Environment: Climate Change, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

Paul McLaughlin, State University of New York–Geneseo, published “Climate Change, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: Reconceptualizing Societal-Environment Interaction Within a Socially Constructed Adaptive Landscape” in the September 2011 issue of Organization & Environment.

The abstract:

This article reconceptualizes current analyses of adaptation and vulnerability to climate change within an evolutionary theory of social change premised on the concept of a socially constructed adaptive landscape. The latter describes a negotiated and contested fitness terrain. Individual and corporate actors simultaneously adapt to and actively manipulate this terrain by using alternative collective action frames, mobilizing resources, and creating or exploiting political opportunities in order to legitimate or delegitimate social structures and their associated technologies at various levels of analysis. Adaptation is conceptualized as occurring through homeostatic, developmental, rational choice, and populational mechanisms. Vulnerability results from the adaptive failure of social structures sustaining individual and collective health, livelihood, and well-being. This framework combines organizational sociologists’ insights into structure–environment interaction; constructionists’ attention to agency, language, culture, and values; and political ecologists’ concerns with power, inequality, and processes of marginalization.

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