Theoretical Visions: How Social Theories Can Inform the Elaboration of Future Visions and Scenarios
Furthermore, since vision and scenario elaboration are often conducted by utilising various methodologies, especially in a participatory context, it might be advisable to aim for a match between the aims of the process, the theoretical starting points and the methodology.
With reference to the above mentioned arguments, this paper discusses a participatory backcasting process about the future of Hungarian higher education where the organisers have attempted to synchronise social theoretical considerations, the choice of methodology and the aims of the process.
In the first part of the paper we introduce the project by presenting its aims and the theoretical and methodological choices made before the project. In the second part, we present the methodological lessons to be learned from this project as far as scenario and vision elaborations are concerned. Lastly, we return to the original question, that is, how social theoretical considerations be involved in scenario and vision creation and why it is important to do so.