John A. Sweeney

Since 2014, Sweeney has worked as Deputy Director at the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies. He frequently consults for international agencies and governments on foresight, planning, and citizen engagement. Sweeney tweets regularly using #postnormaltimes. His publications on PNT include:

Sardar, Ziauddin, and John A. Sweeney. “The Three Tomorrows of Postnormal Times.” Futures 75 (January 2016): 1–13. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2015.10.004.

Sweeney, John A. “Command-and-Control: Alternative Futures of Geoengineering in an Age of Global Weirding.” Futures 57 (March 2014): 1–13. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2013.12.005.

———. “Infectious Connectivity: Affect and the Internet in Postnormal Times.” In Futures of the Internet, edited by Jenifer Winter and Ryota Ono. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2015.

———. “Postnormal Imaginings in Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited.” East-West Affairs: A Quarterly Journal of North-South Relations in Postnormal Times 1, no. 2 (June 2013): 75–98.

———. “Signs of Postnormal Times.” East-West Affairs: A Quarterly Journal of North-South Relations in Postnormal Times 1, no. 3/4 (December 2013): 5–12.

Read more about John on



I think therefore I am
I progress therefore I am
I shop therefore I am
I share therefore I am
I am tradition and culture
I am science and technology
I am what I buy
I am online
Simple, Closed
Complicated, Closed
Complex, Open
Open, Interconnected, Chaotic
Conquest, Supremacy, Progress
Progress, Efficiency, Modernization
Relativism, Plurality, Individuality
Complexity, Chaos, Contradictions