FUTURE SENSE: Five Explorations of Whole Intelligence for a World That’s Waking Up
by Malcolm Parlett Ph.D.
Future Sense brings together two realms: the global crisis and personal experience. I identify “the human dimension” as the most significant factor in determining our common future. Can human beings act together sensibly and cooperatively to solve problems and manage the world’s systems? If we cannot – and we act with collective stupidity – our species is endangered. But then, how does such stupidity come about? And what needs to happen to help human beings act with more insight, sure-footedness, and maturity?
I am suggesting in this book that our ideas of what it means “to be an educated person” are far too limited. Human beings need to embrace their whole intelligence. Taking someone like Nelson Mandela, we can recognise an intelligence that extends well beyond our normal ideas of cleverness, intellectual brilliance, and speed of thinking. We recognise whole intelligence in action when we see an individual, community, or organisation acting in ways that are original, courageous, to the point, and reflect humanity’s best values. These are often stand-out moments, where human energy, commitment, courage, and skilfulness are seen to come together with perceptiveness and maturity of perspective. Suddenly, a positive future seems more achievable.
In this book I am arguing that leaders, experts, and government agencies – as well as activists and individual citizens – need to have access to their whole intelligence. We need to cultivate it, and grapple with the obstacles and attitudes which prevent or undermine it from being given fullest scope.
Readers and reviewers describe Future Sense as “the book that we have been waiting for” and as a “crucial guide to our new steps”. I am inviting readers to accompany me in exploring key dimensions of whole intelligence that I have identified in the course of a career-long experience as a psychological researcher and practitioner. The book has been described as “moving, ground-breaking and very readable”. It makes use of case studies, my own life experience, examples, and stories. As one reviewer wrote: readers “will find their imaginations fired and their spirits lifted.”