Time, Progress, and Civilization Futures

Instructor: Christopher Jones, PhD

This course is an advanced course that explores the context, meaning, and history of time — from a foresight perspective. It dives deep into the challenges and criticisms of growth and progress (The Limits to Growth), and reviews the work of macrohistorians, such as Khaldun, Spengler, Toynbee, and others (i.e., Stapledon) who predicted or forecast cyclical or evolutionary civilizational futures for humans. It is designed in four blocks with small group exercises.

Course Objectives

  • Cultivate a Long View, a Big Picture, and 7th generation thinking
  • Review concepts of time: its history, ontology, and cultural contexts
  • Assess growth and collapse: trend curves, assumptions, and paradigms
  • Distinguish between civilizational and macro-historical narratives

Offering Details


1 Day

Class Size

Up to 30 participants


Suggested for all
professionals and managers

Please contact us today at academy@dmsinetwork.com to learn more about implementing foresight education in your organization.