Framing and reframing the emerging 'planetary crisis': a plea to avoid, and for increasing critique of, neoenvironmental determinism

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
On the Horizon, 2013, 21 (3), pp. 230 - 246
Issue Date:
2013-01
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to take up and contribute to understanding an important emerging theme in recent literature on global environmental change and socio-ecological issues (including Slaughter's The Biggest Wake-up Call in History): positive reframing. The paper also aims to deepen consideration of the potential for overshoot and collapse futures and related concerns by foresight practitioners. Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on, and presents, a thematic analytical literature review. Findings In total, four underlying drivers of increased reframing and four central themes in positive reframes are identified; mental frames informing and limiting foresight work need to be openly communicated and reflected on such practitioner reflexivity is often missing in foresight work, such as in The Biggest Wake-up Call in History by Richard Slaughter. Practical implications The paper includes discussion of the implications for futures practice, including the role of mental frames and reframing. The author suggests futures practitioners can play important new roles in challenging the recent re-emergence of influential forms of environmental determinism and foresight practitioners need to be more wary of the potential for narrative bias
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