From evolving systems to evolving environments

  • Fred Emery
Part of the International series on the quality of working life book series (IQWL, volume 5)


I will argue that the future will be largely shaped by the choices people make, or fail to make, and it will not be moulded simply by blind forces of technology, economics or biological reproduction. Hence I will be looking at the present to try and identify the ends that people are pursuing that will lead them to make those choices over the next thirty years. I will be looking for something more than demographic projections or projections of G.N.P., resource limits and pollution levels. I accept that these and other matters will constrain human choice, that is, that:
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    people can proceed only from the objective conditions of the present.

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    they tend to pursue only those ends that appear from experience to be approachable; and hence be blind to possibilities that have newly emerged.

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    the means they choose and the effort they put behind those means may frequently have unanticipated consequences for the pursuit of other ends.



Reactive Environment Design Philosophy Turbulent Environment Steam Engine Social Field 
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© H. E. Stenfert Kroese b.v., Leiden, the Netherlands 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Emery
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  1. 1.Centre for Continuing EducationANUCanberraAustralia

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