Back to the Futurist

What do the names Buckminster Fuller, Arthur C. Clark, Ray Kurzweil, Iain M. Banks, Graham Hancock and James Cameron all have in common? They’ve been futurists.

URBN FUTR is running a series on leading futurists from around the world. We will be speaking to the break-through generation of futurists, amongst whose ranks are the likes of Mitchell Joachim, Melissa Sterry, Liam Young, Natalia Allen, Noah Raford and Rachel Armstrong. All have agreed to exclusive interviews.

‘Back to the Futurists’ will spotlight and pit together their ideas as we investigate the trends that may arise in the world of tomorrow. We delve into the past to ascertain the whose, whats, whys and whens of their inspiration. We uncover recent developments in science, engineering and design, which hold significance for our future. And we ask who are futurology’s champions?

Our aim is to inspire the next generation of futurists to step forward and begin contributing their ideas, as we build the leading hub for futurism on the web.

Defining Futurology

Futurology is the study of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. There is a debate as to whether this discipline is an art or science. In general, it can be considered as a branch under the more general scope of the field of history. Futures studies (colloquially called “futures” by many of the field’s practitioners) seeks to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel. Part of the discipline thus seeks a systematic and pattern-based understanding of past and present, and to determine the likelihood of future events and trends. Unlike science where a narrower, more specified system is studied, futures studies concerns a much bigger and more complex world system. The methodology and knowledge are much less proven as compared to natural science or even social science like sociology, economics, and political science. – Wiki Definition

A Movement to Get Excited About

Futurology excites even our most pessimistic of optimistic forward-thinkers. You know its a growing movement when even Kanye West is an amateur futurist.

A pertinent nugget once came through the lips of Frank Da Silva:

we, humanity, need to collectively upgrade our minds and consciousness to stop the exploitation of both people and nature.

This belief lies at the crux of a movement called Earth 2.0. It is the beautiful and concise notion that we need to upgrade to a new operating system with which to manage our relationship with the world. Check out the Earth 2 Hub™ and watch the 15-minute short Earth 2.0: Initialization below. We believe it is the perfect initialization into the world WE would like to create.

Now… Back to the Futurists.

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