, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 203–207 | Cite as

Futures Perfect and Visioneering: a Re-Assessment

  • William Patrick McCrayEmail author
Critical Discussion Notes


In this essay, I review the concept of visioneering as I developed it and consider the ways in which other scholars have deployed it.


Visioneer Visioneering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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