OST, ENVIRONMENTS AND THE FUTURE

July 12, 2023

INTRODUCTION TO THIS SECTION

One of the difficulties in trying to break a comprehensive conceptual framework and body of work such as OST into relatively manageable sections is where to best make the breaks. Because it is so highly internally consistent, most works employ several fundamental concepts and principles and of course, cross disciplinary boundaries. The break points chosen are primarily pragmatic centring on the main purpose of the work.

Limits to Choice Part 1

FRED EMERY COLLECTION - LIMITS TO CHOICE

The social transformation envisaged in the original collection of papers is already well underway in Australia. A close check of those papers has not, however, revealed any need for extensive revision. The problems that were then identified remain as relevant as ever.

January 2025 - March 2028

FUTURES WE'RE IN

This book marked several milestones such as containing the much more fully worked out interrelated theories of active adaptation and of ideals and ideal seeking. Like all knowledge in OST, some parts of it have been superceded by later publications which took that work on ideals and maladaptions further and into their practical applications. However, the new thinking and logic introduced in FWI make it a classic which once again is easy to access.

Merrelyn Emery, November 2020

UPDATED EDITION OF PART I OF SEARCHING, 1982

This is not a revision of the whole of Searching (1982) because Parts II and III were concerned with the conceptual tools for the ‘barefoot social scientist’ and practicing the new paradigm. This latter consisted of the detailed theory and practice of the Search Conference and the Participative Design Workshop as they were developed at that stage and a variety of examples of variations on a theme including a first design of a Search training workshop. Part III concluded with a first draft of an exposition of participative learning as the base for an indirect approach to diffusion. If the reader wants details of any of the examples analyzed, such as the Futures Direction Conference, they can consult the original.