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MEDIATING THE FUTURE: THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF PUBLIC PROJECTIONS
 
 

The PROFECI Team
People's lives, both as individuals and at the collective level, are guided by projections about the future: What we believe will happen influences how we act – be it to attain, prepare for or avert expected outcomes; in turn, our collective actions continuously reshape what appear to be likely future developments. PROFECI sets out to study the adaptive social dynamics whereby societies anticipate and thereby shape their own futures, and the pivotal role of the media in this process.
 
It develops an interdisciplinary approach and new research tools for studying how projections about the outcomes and implications of significant events evolve through the interaction of various social actors, and how they are received and acted upon by the public, possibly resulting in self-fulfilling and self-defeating dynamics. Its design combines the study of past debates about projected futures with the real-time investigation of present future-oriented discourse.
 
 
PRESENTATION
First official PROFECI publication: Aharoni et al., 2020
PRESENTATION
Four presentations at the 71st ICA Annual Conference
DESIGN
PROFECI to study projections related to the Covid-19 pandemic
NEWS
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