Concern for others

Futures Consciousness Test

The Finland Futures Research Centre developed a Futures Consciousness Test to measure the future consciousness of people. Teach the Future is using this test in their pilot projects already!

Sanna Ahvenharjua, Matti Minkkinena and Fanny Lalotb, the designers of the test, connected to the Finland Futures Research Centre at the Turku School of Economics, FI-20014, University of Turku, have written a great article about the dimensions they use. Below the abstract of the article.

Futures research studies and builds images of possible, probable and preferable futures and paths to such futures. Underlying this effort is human consciousness of futures that is present in everyday anticipatory behaviour and explicit foresight. Futures researchers often aim to increase this consciousness in order to enable decision-making towards more desirable futures. Despite the importance of the concept of Futures Consciousness, and the proliferation of related concepts, there is no commonly used definition or operationalization that would permit empirical research. This article presents a conceptual model of Futures Consciousness that is based on an integrated review and analysis of the descriptions of future consciousness and its related concepts in literature as well as in the theoretical underpinnings of futures research. The model contains five dimensions: 1) Time perspective, 2) Agency beliefs, 3) Openness to alternatives, 4) Systems perception and 5) Concern for others. The model provides the basis for further conceptual development and the operationalization of Futures Consciousness, which would enable its use in empirical research.