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A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to the Big Mac, Eric SCHULMAN, 2004

A popular book about the history of the universe addressing the questions -
Where are we now?
Where have we been?
Is there an amusing and informative way of describing the journey?

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Content, Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of Technology, Cory DOCTOROW, 2008

"Content," huh? Ha! Where's the container?
Perhaps these words appear to you on the pages of a book, a physical object that might be said to have "contained" the thoughts of my friend and co-conspirator Cory Doctorow as they were transported in boxes and trucks all the way from his marvelous mind into yours. If that is so, I will concede that you might be encountering "content." (Actually, if that's the case, I'm delighted on Cory's behalf, since that means that you have also paid him for these thoughts. We still know how to pay creators directly for the works they embed in stuff.)
But the chances are excellent that you're reading these liquid words as bit-states of light on a computer screen, having taken advantage of his willingness to let you have them in that form for free. In such an instance, what "contains" them? Your hard disk? His? The Internet and all the servers and routers in whose caches the ghosts of their passage might still remain? Your mind? Cory's?

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Democratizing Innovation, Eric VON HIPPEL, 2005

When I say that innovation is being democratized, I mean that users of products and services—both firms and individual consumers—are increasingly able to innovate for themselves. User-centered innovation processes offer great advantages over the manufacturer-centric innovation development systems that have been the mainstay of commerce for hundreds of years. Users that innovate can develop exactly what they want, rather than relying on manufacturers to act as their (often very imperfect) agents. Moreover, individual users do not have to develop everything they need on their own: they can benefit from innovations developed and freely shared by others.

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Demoncracy and Futures, Eds. Mannermaa, Dator, Tiihonen, Finland 2007

Democracy and Futures
Eds.
Mika Mannermaa
Jim Dator
Paula Tiihonen

Contents
Introduction,
Cyclicity of Strategic Challenges in Russian History and development scenario for XXI century,
Global Citizenship and the New Cosmopolitans,
Anticipatory Democracy Revisited,
Linking people to pixel, next steps in EU democracy and power,
Will America ever become a democracy?,
Some Future Threats to Democracy,
Beyond dreaming of democracy... How do we face the reality of democracy?,
Current crises challenging U.S. democracy, and alternative future scenarios,
Democracy in the Light of Globalization,
Alternative Futures of a Challenged Democracy,
Women's Contribution to the Future of Democracy,
On Futures of Democracy - Democracies of the Future,
India, China and Future of Democracy,
Whither Democracy? Reflections on the Prospects of Democracy in the 21st Century,
Futurists as Pionieers in Handling Participativity and Aggression in a Post-Socialist Democracy,
Age-Cohort Shift and Values Change: Futures for Democracy in Korea,
Democracy is institutional gardening: A hundred year is a short time,
List of Authors,

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Futures in Education, GIDLEY, BATEMAN and SMITH 2004

Futures in Education: Principles, practice and potential
Monograph Series 2004
No. 5
Jennifer M Gidley
Debra Batemen
Caroline Smith
Australian Foresight Institute
Swinburne
AUSTRALIAN FORESIGHT INSTITUTE MONOGRAPH SERIES
Series Editor: Richard A. Slaughter

The notion of teaching and learning explicitly about futures in education is not new. It is well over thirty years since the first school and college classes were held. Since then many hundreds of school based innovations have subjected these initial ideas and practices to a variety of iterations and tests. What they collectively tell us is that young people are passionately interested in their own futures, and that of the society in which they live. They universally 'jump at the chance' to study something with such intrinsic interest that also intersects with their own life interests in so many ways.

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Futures of Technology in Africa, Jasper GROSSKURTH, 2010

The STT Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT) explores futures at the crossroads of technology and society. In 2007, STT decided to initiate a foresight on 'Technology in Developing Countries'. Since the founding of STT in 1968, this was going to be the first project with an explicit focus on development. The underlying question was how new technology would affect the poorest societies rather than the richest, those with least access to technology rather than those surrounded by the latest inventions. The most important reason for focusing the project on Africa was the perception that Africa might be close to a tipping point in its development and growth, with technology as an important factor. Since then, the evidence has strengthened that this is indeed the case. And this forms the backbone of this book.

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Greening IT, How Greener IT Can Form a Solid Foundation For a Low-Carbon Society, Eds. SOBOTTA, SOBOTTA, GOTZE, 2010

GREENING IT
How Greener IT Can Form a Solid Base For a Low-Carbon Society

Editors:
Adrian T. Sobotta
Irene N. Sobotta
John Gotze

This book started out as two people's commitment to save the planet, and one guy crazy enough to suggest that a book was the way to do it. All three of us can now call ourselves the editors of this exciting, internationally collaborative, and non-profit (Creative Commons licensed) project. Allow us to introduce ourselves: Irene & Adrian Sobotta and John Gøtze.
Personally committed to contribute to solving human's impact on global warming, Irene and Adrian wanted to apply their professional fields of Environmental Politics and Information Technology to increase awareness of Green IT solutions. Using John's knowledge and experience in collaborative bookwriting, the Greening IT project was born.

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How Open is the Future? Eds. Wynants and Cornelius, 2005

How Open is the Future?
Economic, Social & Cultural Scenarios inspired by Free & Open-Source Software

Marleen Wynants & Jan Cornelis (Eds)

Crosstalks, VUB, Brussels University Press

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The Future of Ideas, Lawrence LESSIG, 2001

The Future of Ideas
The Fate of The Commons in a Connected World
Lawrence Lessig, 2001

Random House

In 1999, in a book entitled The Control Revolution, journalist and legal scholar Andrew Shapiro described two futures that the Internet might take. The first was the familiar story of increased individual freedom, as the network gave us greater control over our lives, and over the institutions, including government, that regulate our lives. The second was a less familiar warning—of the rebirth of technologies of control, as institutions "disintermediated" by the Internet learned how to alter the network to reestablish their control.
Shapiro saw good and bad in both futures. Too much dis-intermediation, he warned, would interfere with collective governance; some balance was needed. But likewise, efforts to rearchitect the Net to  eenable control threatened to undermine its potential for individual freedom and growth.

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The Sources of Innovation, Eric VON HIPPEL, 1988

New York Oxford
Oxford University Press 1988

It has long been assumed that product innovations are typically developed by product manufacturers. Because this assumption deals with the basic matter of who the innovator is, it has inevitably had a major impact on innovationrelated research, on firms' management of research and development, and on government innovation policy . However, it now appears that this basic assumption is often wrong.

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Youth Futures, Comparative Research and Transformative Visions, GIDLEY and INAYATULLAH 2002

YOUTH FUTURES
Comparative Research and Transformative Visions
Edited by
Jennifer Gidley and Sohail Inayatullah


PART I: MAPPING YOUTH FUTURES
PART II: COMPARATIVE RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
PART III: CASE STUDIES: TEACHING FUTURES
IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS

Youth around the globe are struggling to make sense of a world that has lost its meaning for them (both in postmodern Western societies and mixed—traditional, modern, and postmodern—Asian and African societies).
Growing into a time of the most rapid change known to history—as evidenced by trends such as globalization, genomics, global governance, virtualization, and terrorism—the line between adapting and falling off is a very fine one. We hear so much about the rise in youth suicide and youth violence, yet many young people have positive—indeed transformational— ideas about the future that go unheard. Furthermore, too little attention is given in contemporary policy-making, education, and community development to the hopes, dreams, fears, and anticipations of young people. As a global society, we are failing to actively listen to what young people are saying about the future.