EXPLORATION OF THE FUTURE - A KEY
TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Vatroslav ZovkoFaculty of Teacher Education - University of Zagreb
|INDECS 11(1), 98-107, 2013
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Received: 26 December 2012
Throughout the history people were fascinated and curious about the future. The future was, and
still is seen as a key for prosperous development in all aspects of the society. As such, new discipline is developed - future
This paper discusses the discipline of future studies and its role in the society and science. Future studies are analyzed in the context of sustainable development. It is argued that future studies and sustainable development are complementary in nature. Based on analysis of most developed countries in the world, that spend the greatest portion of their budget on research, development and science in comparison to the rest of the world, there is a conclusive link between investments in research, development and science, and the recognition of the importance of thinking about the future. Those countries started to formalize their future orientation in many respected research centres and universities through their educational programs and research. That situation poses the need for other, less well off countries, to follow up.
future studies, strategic foresight, sustainable development, economic growth, universities
JEL: O39, Q01