EP 25: New Beginnings - Jim Dator

Jim Dator probably taught the first course in Future Studies. He has an extensive career in teaching futures and a seminal role in some of our fundamental concepts and approaches. In this interview he explains how he developed the four archetypes of the Future and the fundamental role played by technology in social change.

Interviewed by: Peter Hayward

More about Jim

LinkedIn: Jim Dator, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii

The following are excellent introductions to futures studies 

  • Wendell Bell, Foundations of Futures Studies: Human Science for a New Era, vol. 1, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, 1997. 

  • Jim Dator, World Futures Review, Volume 7, Number 4. December 2015. 

  • Jennifer Gidley The Future: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, 2017. 

  • Richard A. Lum, 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight. Honolulu, Hawaii, 2016 

  • Richard Slaughter, Knowledge Base of Futures Studies, Revised 2020 

More articles

  1. The WFSF and I - Jim Dator

  2. Futures studies as applied knowledge - Jim Dator

  3. Alternative Futures at the Manoa School - Jim Dator

  4. Manoa’s images of the futures (pages 2-6) - Jim Dator

  5. Some in Power, Some in Pain: A Symphonic Meditation on Humanity and Space - Jim Dator

  6. Can we see the US of the Year 2230 in the Japan of 1992? - Jim Dator

  7. On the Rights and Rites of Robots and Artilects - Jim Dator

  8. Korea as the wave of a future: The emerging Dream Society of icons and aesthetic experience - Jim Dator

  9. Korea as a conserver society - Jim Dator

  10. The Unholy Trinity, Plus One - Jim Dator

  11. “New beginnings” within a new normal for the four futures - Jim Dator

  12. Indivollectivity - Jim Dator