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Dear Colleague,

This issue of the Global Futures Bulletin completes the complementary trial offer. We hope you have found the Global Futures Bulletin useful.

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We would like to invite you to become a member of the Institute for
Global Futures Research (IGFR) or to become a subscriber to the 
Global Futures Bulletin.  
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Membership fees are the same as subscription fees. Membership includes subscription and additionally means that the subscriber supports the aims and work of the IGFR as an independent NGO, but not necessarily the views expressed in its publications.

A membership/subscription application form is included below.

The IGFR is an independent not-for-profit organisation funded by members and subscribers. The IGFR receives no institutional or corporate funding.

The IGFR began without a well-defined methodology. This was intentional as we opted for an evolving methodology, or toolbox of methodologies.

Gradually we are developing research groups around the (currently) 40 research areas of the Open Research Program.

GENERAL AREAS OF RESEARCH

  1. development issues, theory and paradigms
  2. peace and conflict resolution.
  3. climate change
  4. energy
  5. evolving world order
  6. biodiversity and habitat
  7. emancipation of women
  8. megatrends in technology
  9. comparative society
  10. implications of globalisation
  11. ethnic relations and multicivilisations
  12. food and sustainable agriculture
  13. international governance
  14. Agenda 21
  15. quality of life indicators
  16. population issues
  17. toxic waste
  18. urban development
  19. global finance
  20. transport
  21. future generations - ethics
  22. water
  23. global parameters, scenarios, new dimensions
  24. disaster
  25. futures studies methodologies
  26. history of the future
  27. longwaves and macrohistory
  28. industry trends, industrial ecology
  29. new economics
  30. corporate citizenship
  31. alternative communities and lifestyles
  32. cyberspace revolution
  33. global conventions and international law
  34. world summits
  35. Gaia theory
  36. world health
  37. world systems theory
  38. equity
  39. spirituality and religion
  40. community development

These areas have been given uneven treatment to date. We hope to become more systematic in focussing on each area in the future.

The Open Research Program is as much about involving people from a broad range of disciplines, including lay-people, as it is in achieving defined results. If you are interested in participating, or at least in knowing more about the Open Research Program, please contact Sharon Hutchins, Research Program Coordinator at e-mail <igfr@peg.apc.org>.

We are now systematically relating new material to earlier material to in order to give an integrated cumulative outcome. Because of this we often find inconsistencies in facts or statistics which usually result in furthering the debate and a more accurate understanding of issues.

We hope, over the course of 1999, to assemble and condense the material we have in each of the research areas for easier reference. This will prepare us for devising a more sophisticated approach for studying the relationships between each of the research areas and how they relate to macrosystems. We do not hope to build a grand model, so much, as to identify unexpected causal links and feedback loops. For example, we can see how trends in transport relate to climate change or to sustainable agriculture and world food security; or how development of cyberspace might impact on demography and new development pressures on natural habitat; or the impact of economic globalisation on fragile democracies in developing countries, and the effect this may have on the incidence of armed conflict around the world.

We aim to continue close monitoring of other global futures research institutes such as the Worldwatch Institute, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Wuppertal Institute, Millennium Project, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, World Resources Institute, UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook program, Institute for Alternative Futures, International Geosphere Biosphere Program, Millennium Institute, Earth Council, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Club of Budapest, Club of Rome, Center for Defense Information, Institute for Policy Studies, Santa Fe Institute, Rocky Mountains Institute, World Conservation Monitoring Center, Tellus Institute, Stockholm Environment Institute, Global Scenario Group, SIPRI among many other initiatives, so that we can cross-fertilise debates and fora and build on each other's efforts, rather than continually reinvent the wheel and fire off flares into the wilderness.

We intend to expand our coverage of different ideological perspectives, to incorporate more dissenters who are sceptical of the typical discourses we present, thereby widening participation and enhancing richness of the debate.

Finally, we hope to produce reports which result from a distillation of our research, and give concise new perspectives and policy recommendations. These will be available to anyone, but targeted to senior policymakers worldwide.

The Institute for Global Futures Research (IGFR) is a not-for-profit community-based organisation.

Your support at this critical stage in our development can make a significant difference.

Thank you for your interest to date.

Regards,
Geoff Holland, Director

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Institute for Global Futures Research (IGFR).
P.O. Box 263E, Earlville, QLD 4870, Australia.
E-mail: <igfr@peg.apc.org>.
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fax: 61 7 4033 6881
mail: IGFR, PO Box 263E, Earlville, QLD 4870, Australia.

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We thank you for your continued interest in the Institute for Global 
Futures Research (IGFR).

Geoff Holland, Director,
Institute for Global Futures Research (IGFR)
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