Youth Futures: Comparative Research and Transformative Visions

By Jennifer Gidley; Sohail Inayatullah | Go to book overview

Chapter 10
The Future Orientation of Hungarian
Youth in the Years of the
Transformation
Eva Hideg and Erzsebet NovakyTracing the future orientation of Hungarian society in the years of the transformation is of utmost importance. The future orientation of the young people and the changes it undergoes are vital to shaping the future of Hungary; the success and speed of the transformation hinge greatly on these changes. For futures researchers to be able to exert a positive influence on the future orientation of young people, they must become familiar with the youth’s attitude to the future.

Future orientation is the characteristic and the capacity, unique to human beings,
which enable thinking to be regulated by the past and present, but also to reflect
continuously assumptions regarding the future. . . . Humankind has a historical
view and also has a future attitude, which is expressed in future orientation. The
decisions and actions of the future-oriented person are guided more by his or
her intentions, goals and desires for the future than by his or her experiences of
the past. The future inspires the driving force of human activity.”1

Since 1992, the Department of Futures Research of the Budapest University of Economic Sciences has regularly surveyed the future orientation of Hungarian society in groups of varying composition and size. We have endeavored to learn the components of future orientation through the following criteria:1. Interest in and thinking about the future
why is the person interested in the future
why are others interested in the future
what does the person think about (family, place of residence, country, world) and in what timespan

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