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George Cairns

I am Professor of Management at RMIT University, Melbourne. I work with scenario methods to explore sustainable futures and developed ‘critical scenario method’ (CSM), working with Prof. George Wright and Dr Martyna Sliwa. CSM prompts moral/ethical thinking on issues of broad social, economic and ecological sustainability. It embeds both stakeholder theory and Aristotle’s phronesis, or ‘practical wisdom’.

I have worked with scenario methods for over a decade, teaching in the UK, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Australia. I have also worked on a broad range of scenario projects in Europe and Australia. Most recently, I have worked within a team engaging multiple methods and disciplines on two major projects: for post-carbon futures in the Latrobe Valley, and on ‘Skilling the Bay’ in the Geelong region. In both projects, I have facilitated ‘extreme scenarios’ workshops with key stakeholders from the regions to support their strategic conversations on planning for the most sustainable futures.

I have presented at academic and professional conferences across the world and have published a wide range of articles in academic journals, including Human Relations, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Management Learning and Building Research & Information.

With colleagues, I initiated the project: ‘Revenge of History: Reflections on a Bangladesh tragedy’, to bring public debate in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza disaster in April 2013.

I co-organised two workshops on Romanian Higher Education Futures, under the EU Social Fund sponsored program on Quality and Leadership in Romanian Higher Education Futures.

I am co-founder and former co-editor of the journal Critical Perspectives on International Business. I occasionally contribute to discussion in The Conversation.

With George Wright, I wrote Scenario Thinking: Practical approaches to the future (Palgrave, 2011).

I also play guitars and keyboard for relaxation, paint and sketch and I juggle.



Who remembers Rana Plaza?
17 Sep 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Bangladesh, media, Rana Plaza
The world quickly forgot about the severely injured women and the hundreds who are still missing.


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