Compiled by Caroline Smith, ACU National.


Futures Education

Bjerstedt, A. (1992). Conceptions of the Future and Education for Responsibilities Malmö, Sweden, Department of Educational and Psychological Research, Lund

Beare, H. and Slaughter, R. (1994). Education for the Twenty First Century. London: Routledge

Boulding, E. (1988). Building a Global Civic Culture: Education for an interdependent world, Teachers College Press (New York, Columbia University).


Boulding, E. (1995). How children see their world and make their futures, in: E. Boulding and K. Boulding,The Futures: Images and Processes (London, Sage).

Fien, J. (1993) Education for the Environment (Geelong, Deakin University Press).

Hicks, D. (Ed.) (1994). Preparing for the Future: Notes and Queries for concerned Educators (London, Adamantine, in assoc. with Worldwide Find for Nature).

Hicks, D. (1996). Envisioning the Future: the challenge for environmental educators, Environmental Education Research, 2(1), pp. 101-108

Hicks, D. (1994) Educating for the Future. London: WWF.

Hicks, D. & Bord, A. (1994). Visions of the Future: student responses for ecological living, Westminster Studies in Education, 17, pp. 45-55

Hicks, D. & Holden, C. (1995) Exploring the Future: a missing dimension in environmental education,Environmental Education Research 1(2), pp. 185-193

Hutchinson, F. (1992) Futures Consciousness and the School, PhD thesis, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

Hutchinson, F. (1993) Educating beyond fatalism and impoverished social imagination, Peace, Environment and Education, 4(4), pp. 36-57

Hutchinson, F. (1996) Educating Beyond Violent Futures (London, Routledge).

Hutchinson, F., Talbot, C. & Brown, L. (1992) Our Planet and Its People (Melbourne, Macmillan).

Jensen, B. (1994) Action, action competence and change in the field of environmental and health education, Didaktiske studier: Studies in Educational Theory and Curriculum 12, pp. 73-86.


Futures Studies

Cocks, D. (2003). Deep Futures. CSIRO Publishing.

Flannery, T. (1994). The Future Eaters. Melbourne: Reed Books.

Kumar, K. (1995) Apocalypse, millennium and utopia today, in: M. Bull (Ed.) Apocalypse Theory and the Ends of the World (Oxford, Blackwell).

Le Guin, U. (1992) Dancing at the Edge of the World (London, Harper Collins)

Papadakis, E. (1993) Politics and the Environment (St Leonards, Allen & Unwin)

Slaughter, R. (2004). Futures Beyond Dystopia: Creating Social Foresight. Routledge Falmer.

Slaughter, R. (1996).  Futures Concepts and Powerful Ideas. Melbourne: Future Studies Centre

Slaughter, R. (1996). Futures Tools and Techniques. Melbourne: Future Studies Centre

Slaughter, R. (Ed.). (1996). The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (3 Vols). Melbourne: Future Studies Centre

Slaughter, R. (Ed.) (1996) New Thinking for a New Millennium London, Routledge.



AtKisson, A. (2000). Believing Cassandra: An Optimist looks at a Pessimist’s World. Scribe.

Hamilton, C. (2005). Affluenza. Allen and Unwin.

Hamilton, C. (2004). Growth Fetish. Allen and Unwin.

Klein, N. (2001). No Logo. Flamingo

Lasn, K. (2000). Culutre Jam: How to Reverse America’s Consumer Binge. Quill, N.Y.

Princen, T et al. (2002). Confronting Consumption. MIT Press.


Sustainable Futures

Australians and the Environment. (1996) Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Boyle, G. (Ed.) (1996) Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford OUP

Brown, L. (Ed.) (2001). State of the World. Earthscan.

Holmgren, D. (2003). Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability. Holmgren Design Services.

Meadows, D. Meadows, D and Randers, J. (1992) Beyond the Limits: Global Collapse or Sustainable Future? London: Earthscan.

Low, T. (1999). Feral Future. Penguin.

Milbrath, L. (1989) Envisioning a Sustainable Society: Learning our Way Out SUNY Press, New York

Shiva, V. (1999). Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the World’s Food Supply. South End Press

Shiva, V. (1993) Monocultures of the Mind: Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology (London, Zed Books).

Shiva, V. (1988) Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development (London, Zed Books).

Worldwatch Institute (2003). State of the World. London: Earthscan

Worldwatch Institute (2003). Vital Signs. London: Earthscan

Yencken, D. and Wilkinson, D. (2000). Resetting the Compass: Australia’s Journey to Sustainability.CSIRO Press.



Avise, J. (1998). The Genetic Gods : Evolution and Belief in Human Affairs. Mass: Harvard University Press

Barney, D. (2000). Prometheus Wired: The Hope For Democracy in the Age of Network Technology.Sydney:University of New South Wales Press.

Brand, S. xxxThe Clock of the Long Now.

Broderick, D. (1997). The Spike. Reed Books.

Drexler, E. (1996). Engines of Creation. London: Fourth Estate.

Franklin, U. (1990) The Real World of Technology. Montreal, CBC

Gere,C. (2002). Digital culture.  London:Reaktion Books.

Ho, Mae-Wan. (1998). Genetic Engineering: Dream or Nightmare? Gateway Books.

Kizza J. (2002). Ethical And Social Issues In The Information Age. New York:Springer-Verlag, 2002

Levinson, R. and Reiss, M. (2003). Key Issues in Bioethics. Routledge.

Lunenfeld, P. (Ed.). (1999). The Digital Dialectic:  New Essays On New Media. Mass:MIT Press.

Morrison, R. and Margulis, L. (1999). The Spirit in the Gene: Humanity’s Proud Illusion and the Laws of Nature. Cornell U. Press.

Morrison, R. and Margulis, L. (1999). The Spirit in the Gene: Humanity’s Proud Illusion and the Laws of Nature. Cornell U. Press.

Postman, N  (1992). TechnopolyThe Surrender Of Culture To Technology. New York: Vintage Books

Rivkin, J, (1998). The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World. Tarcher Putman.

Scientific American (1996). Key Technologies for the 21st century.

Sitarz, D. (Ed.) (1994) Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save our Planet. Colorado: EarthPress

Suzuki, D. and Dressel, H. (1999). From Naked Ape to Superspecies. Allen and Unwin.

Wilson et al. (2002). Nanotechnology. UNSW Press

Winston, M., & Edelbach, R. (2000). Society, Ethics And Technology. CA:Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.


Western worldview/New paradigm thinking

Berry, T. (1990) The Dream of the Earth.  San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.

Capra, F. (2003). The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living.  London: Flamingo.

Capra, F. (1996). The Web of Life: A New Synthesis of Mind and Matter. London: Harper Collins.

Curle, A. (1990). Tools for Transformation. (Stroud, Hawthorn Press).

Hamilton, C. (1994). The Mystic Economist. Canberra: Willow Park

Gleik, J. (1985) Chaos.

Mitchel Waldrop, M. (1992). Complexity. Penguin.

Norberg-Hodge, H. (1992). Ancient Futures. Rider.

Ralston Saul, J. (1996) The Unconscious Civilisation.  Penguin

Ralston Saul. J. (1992). Voltaire’s Bastards. Penguin

Theobald, R. (1997).  Reworking Success. New Society Publishers.

Wilber, K. (1996). A Brief History of Everything. Hill of Content.



A Thousand Years in a Day: Excerpts from the Second Millennium. (ABC Radio)


Web Sites Nanotechnology  World Futures Studies Federation Tranformational Organisation (Robert Theobald) Robert Theobald’s Future of Work lectures  Vital Connections: World Future Society: (Website linked to the publisher of Tyler-Miller’s Sustaining the Earth  – see references). (David Suzuki)  (ecological communities) (New American Dream: information, background about ways of living within our means)  (Rocky Mountain Institute) (Adbusters – Culture Jamming) (The Earth Charter) (Ecological house/Community design)  (Friends of the Earth)  (Greenpeace)  (Permaculture) (Redefining progress and Ecological Footprint)


Resources from

Simple Ways to Protect Our Earth: Kids’ Edition


Energy Conservation for Kids


Energy Savers Guide: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home


Kids Guide to Home Energy Saving


Protecting & Restoring Forests


A Guide to Becoming A Tree Hugger


Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


Guide to Composting at Home


Electricity & Its Impacts


Going Green: Eco-Friendly Property Upgrades


Green Schools Leadership Center