Dr Rick Slaughter is Foundation Professor of Foresight at Swinburne
University of Technology, Director of the Futures Study Centre in
Melbourne, and a consulting futurist who has worked with a wide
range of organisations in many countries and at all educational
He completed a Ph.D. in futures studies at the University of Lancaster
in 1982. He has since built a solid international reputation through
futures scholarship, educational innovation, strategic planning,
leadership and the identification of a knowledge base for futures
studies. He is a fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation
(WFSF) and a professional member of the World Future Society. In
1997 he was elected to the executive council of the WFSF.
He is a prolific writer and holds several editorial positions.
These include: consulting editor to Futures (Oxford, UK), series
editor for Routledge (London) for the Futures and Education series,
board member of the Journal of Futures Studies (Tamkang University,
Taiwan), board member of On the Horizon (University of N. Carolina)
and series editor of the Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (FSC/DDM,
He is co-author of 'Education for the 21st Century' (Routledge,
1993), author of 'Futures for the Third Millennium' (Prospect, 1999)
and 'The Foresight Principle' (Praeger 1995), editor of 'Here Today,
Gone Tomorrow: Millennium Previews' (Prospect, 2000) and 'New Thinking
for a New Millennium' (Routledge 1996). He has published a series
of futures resource books with the DDM Media Group.
He has been a distinguished visiting scholar to organisations in
many countries including: Mexico, Hungary, the UK, the US, Japan
and the Philippines. Professional activities include: conducting
strategic planning exercises in Manila for the South East Asia Ministers
of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), chairing the committee responsible
for writing the syllabus for the new Year 11 & 12 Futures subject
for the Board of Studies, Brisbane, and consulting to the Future
Generations Alliance Foundation of Kyoto, Japan.
His research interests include: the use of futures concepts and
methods in education, business and government; the development of
critical futures methodologies; the knowledge base of futures studies
and the social implementation of foresight.
He is currently developing a national foresight strategy for Australia.
His main aim is to facilitate the emergence of a society and culture
that is not merely driven by the past but also responsive to the
emerging near-future context. The latter, he believes, is far more
challenging than is commonly realised. However, there are many innovative
paths out of the trap that humanity has collectively created for