Challenging Future Practice Possibilities


“What might the futures of practice be like?” is far from a straightforward question. Emphasising "the" before the word future, implies one future. But futures thinkers have identified a range of futures that people think about. In this book we reflect on possible, probable, and preferable futures in relation to practice and work. Readers are invited to consider how their own engagement in shaping possible futures will support ways of working that they deem preferable, even those they can hardly imagine. Challenging Future Practice Possibilities also examines influences that are maintaining the status quo and others that are pushing interest-driven change. Authors consider the major challenges that practice and practitioners face today such as wicked problems, fears for the future and complex demands and opportunities posed by the digital revolution. A number of examples of future-oriented work directions such as protean careers and artificial intelligence enhancing or even replacing human workforces, are considered along with concerns like the vulnerability of many work situations and workers. In some cases workers and employers alike are unprepared for these challenges, while others see adapting to these situations as yet another pathway of practice futures evolution.

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Joy Higgs, AM, PhD, Emeritus Professor at Charles Sturt University, Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and Director of the Education, Practice and Employability Network, Australia.
Steven Cork, Ph.D. (1981), University of New South Wales, Australia, is Adjunct Associate Professor at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Principal of Ecoinsights, and a Director of Australia21.
Debbie Horsfall, Ph.D. (1998), is Professor of Sociology at Western Sydney University and leader of the Caring at End of Life Research Team in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

Part 1: Grappling with Practice Futures

1 Exploring Practice in Context
Joy Higgs
2 Thinking the Unthinkable: Challenges of Imagining and Engaging with Unimaginable Practice Futures
Steven Cork and Debbie Horsfall
3 Plausible Practice Futures
Steven Cork and Kristin Alford
4 The Impact of Practice on Wicked Problems and Unpredictable Futures
Peter Goodyear and Lina Markauskaite
5 The Changing Face of Work: Considering Business Models and the Employment Market
Paul Whybrow and Asheley Jones

Part 2: Practice and the Common Good

6 Re-claiming Social Purpose and Adding Values to the World around Us
Debbie Horsfall and Joy Higgs
7 Our Place in Society and the Environment: Opportunities and Responsibilities for Professional Practice Futures
Steven Cork
8 Practice Futures for Indigenous Agency: Our Gaps, Our Leaps
Sandy O’Sullivan
9 Changing Work Realities: Creating Socially and Environmentally Responsible Workplaces
Rosemary Leonard and Margot Cairnes
10 Towards Future Practice in Socio-political Contexts
Megan Conway and Joy Higgs

Part 3: Pursuing Practice Futures

11 The Place of Agency and Related Capacities in Future Practices
Franziska Trede and Joy Higgs
12 Employability and Career Development Learning through Social Media: Exploring the Potential of LinkedIn
Ruth Bridgstock
13 Re-imagining Practice Structures and Pathways: Starting to Realise Tomorrow’s Practices Today
Joy Higgs and Daniel Radovich
14 Freelancing, Entrepreneurship and Inherent Career Risk: An Exploration in the Creative Industries
Noel Maloney
15 Young People’s Hopes and Fears for the Future
Steven Cork and Jennifer Malbon
16 Facing Recruitment Challenges: Entering Workplace Practices
James Cloutman and Graham Jenkins
17 PhDs and Future Practice
Bernadine Van Gramberg
18 Educational Innovations: Preparing for Future Work
Asheley Jones
19 Otherness in Practice (in the Health Professions)
Janice Orrell and Julie Ash
20 Workplace Innovations and Practice Futures
Thomas Carey, Farhad Dastur and Iryna Karaush

Part 4: Reflections

21 Reflections about Work: What Might Be My Future Practice Roles?
Joy Higgs
Notes on Contributors

All those interested in the future of work and practice including: workers, employers, academic futurists, educators, members of society, scholars.
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