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It was my great pleasure to host a presentation and discussion of Nicholas Roland and Matthew Spaniol's exciting new article--"The Future Multiple," which appears in Foresight, Vol. 17 No. 6 2015, pp. 556-573.
The presentation for graduate students and faculty at Penn State's University Park campus, provided an opportunity to speak to emerging issues of corporate foresight, futures planning, scenario design, and the conception and utilization of these devices as tools of managing states, enterprises and other groups. The theoretical and conceptual foundations of scenario design touches on aspects of political theory, regulatory governance, the character of representation in political systems, and the nature of law. It is method, a theoretically coherent approach to management in regulatory systems and more. And, of course, it suggests a managerial and political engagement with time. I was privileged to serve as the discussant for the event.
The abstract of the article and short bios of the authors follows.