Plausible Futures: Transforming Ourselves, Transforming Our Industry

  • Melanie Williams
Part of the Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management book series (THEM)


William Angliss Institute (WAI) aspires to become a University of Specialisation. This chapter outlines some of the reasons behind this objective and the challenges involved in seeking to achieve it. The author contends that the Institute and the industry it services must co-evolve and transform their worldviews if they are to meet the challenges of an uncertain future: a task that entails developing more complex epistemologies. Based on the author’s doctoral research that suggest a catalytic correlation between participation in certain forms of scenario planning and epistemic development, a transformative approach to scenario based research is proposed as a vehicle for bringing about this transformation. The methodology for a proposed scenario research project is explained and its potential short and long term benefits for both WAI and the industry are identified. The proposal represents innovation in WAI’s own development and its industry partnerships.


Scenario planning Epistemic development Worldview Transformative learning 



This chapter was developed from a conference working paper titled “Plausible futures for education and training in food, hospitality, tourism and events” originally presented at CAUTHE 2017: Time for Big Ideas? Re-thinking the Field for Tomorrow, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The author acknowledges the contributions of Emeritus Professor Richard Bawden, Western Sydney University and Oliver Freeman, Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney/Neville Freeman Agency for their conceptualisation of the proposed WAI scenario researching project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.William Angliss InstituteMelbourneAustralia

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