Social Futurism is a worldview which combines social justice concerns with the radical transformative potential of modern technology.
Social Futurism advocates:
1. Science, technology, and voluntary human enhancement.
2. Evidence-driven political policy, separated from Big Money.
3. “Bright Green” (pro-technology) environmentalism.
4. Provision of basic needs for all citizens: Nobody abandoned.
5. Anti-authoritarian and socially liberal public policy.
6. Political decentralization, with defense-only volunteer military.
The Social Futurist idea is being developed and propagated by the Institute for Social Futurism (ISF) and affiliated organisations. At this point in time (2015), SF should be considered synonymous with Techno-Progressivism, as SF is expected to develop as a particular set of positions within Techno-Progressivism as it matures.
The “Social” part of SF refers to a broad space of generally Left-Liberal positions. In other words, Socialism with an emphasis upon personal and societal freedoms. In turn, “Futurism” does not refer to futurology, but rather an active engagement with new technologies in order to improve ourselves and our world. As such, Futurism is a broad activist category which incorporates more specific but compatible concerns such as Transhumanism and Singularitarianism.
For recent articles discussing SF ideas, please see the following:
Social Futurist revolution & the Zero State
The Social Futurist policy toolkit
Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change (pt. 1 of 2)
Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change (pt. 2 of 2)
Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change
In Anticipating 2025: A guide to the radical changes that may lie ahead, whether or not we’re ready.
Liberal Democracy, The Third Way, & Social Futurism (pt. 1 of 3)
Liberal Democracy, The Third Way, & Social Futurism (pt. 2 of 3)
Liberal Democracy, The Third Way, & Social Futurism (pt. 3 of 3)