Collective Behavior and Social Change

Looking through the futurist lens, I would reprioritize the steps in the Cornish book chapter this way: 1) dreaming productively 2) preparing for what you will face in the future 3) thinking about long and short term goals 4) expecting the unexpected 5) learning from predecessors and 7) using poor information when necessary.  I believe that the three most important steps are much more appropriate this way as before committing any action, whether one is a futurist doer or not, one must make the intention for it or dream about it.  Without productive intentions, productive results are unlikely.  After imaging an action, one has to plan accordingly, which involves making short and long term goals.  It is only after all this, that a practical person can expect the unexpected. 

Furthermore, this step should only come after the planning as plans are made in order to avoid unexpected situation but one should be flexible as nothing is written in stone.  Learning from previous doers is wise as a futurist does not repeat other people’s mistakes but makes his own.  As for the last step, I believe that Cornish should not have listed using poor information as a priority in this age and time as people have countless venues through which to find required resources which are strong and authentic. 

The sociological perspective that best fits this process is functionalism.  According to functionalists, society’s various aspects depend on one another in order for the entire society to function properly.  These involve categories such as parents, government, education, and technology.  Functionalists, like futurists, desire to take full advantage of their resources in order to advance forward as a whole society; in other words, both are doers.  Contrary to the futurists, functionalists fail to utilize their weaker resources in the process and often neglect the negative aspects which break a community such as murder and divorce. 

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