Body of Work

Links to academic essays, business reports, media articles, old blogs, presentations & research papers - check back for updates & revisions.  Letters refer to the Australian Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations classification codes for research outputs.

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- Journal Publications - Refereed Articles

[5] A Challenging Conversation on Integral Futures: Embodied Foresight & Trialogues, Journal of Futures Studies, November 2008, 13(2): 69-86. Co-written with Josh Floyd & Jose M. Ramos. C-ranked ERA journal.

[4] Select Issues with New Media Theories of Citizen Journalism (2008): a journal article for M/C Journal's 'Vote/Citizen' issue that critiques the New Media claims made about Citizen Journalism and suggests alternative approaches such as practice-based research.  I use Paul Carlile & Clayton Christensen's working paper The Cycles of Theory Building in Management Research (2005) as an evaluative framework. B-ranked ERA journal.

[3] Seven Wonders: End Users and the Internet of the Future (2005): a journal paper by Trevor Barr, Darren Sharp & Alex Burns for the Telecommunications Journal of Australia. C-ranked ERA journal.

[2] The Worldflash of a Coming Future (2003) for
M/C journal's 'Share' issue on how September 11 has affected journalism, media coverage, and risk management.  (Also see the 'Share' editorial (2003) co-written with  my doppelganger Axel Bruns). B-ranked ERA journal.

[1] This Machine Is Obsolete (1999) for M/C journal on the US industrial band Nine Inch Nails and the album The Fragile (1999). B-ranked ERA journal.

E1 - Conference Publications - Full Written Paper - Refereed Proceedings

[4] Journalists as Investigators and 'Quality Media' Reputation (2009) paper in edited published conference proceedings (pp. 281-297 or individual PDF file pp. 305-321) & presentation  (Slideshare version),
with Barry Saunders, Communications Policy & Research Forum, Sydney, 20th November 2009.

[3] Event Modelling in Disruptive Innovation Markets (2008) paper in edited published conference proceedings  (pp. 155-175 or individual PDF file pp. 179-199) & presentation (Slideshare version), Communications Policy & Research Forum, Sydney, 30th September 2008.

[2] Future of the Internet: The Smart Internet 2010 Project (2005): a conference paper & presentation slides by Trevor Barr, Alex Burns & Darren Sharp for the Communications Research & Strategy Forum, Sydney, 21st November 2005.

[1] Smart Internet 2010: A CRC Smart Internet Technology Report (2005): a conference paper by Trevor Barr, Darren Sharp & Alex Burns on 25th September 2005 to the Telecommunications Society of Australia.

F - Conference Publications

[3] Twitter Free Iran: An Evaluation of Twitter's Role in Public Diplomacy and Information Operations in Iran's 2009 Election Crisis  (2009) paper in edited published conference proceedings (pp. 298-310 or individual PDF file pp. 322-334) & presentation (Slideshare version) with Ben Eltham, Communications Policy & Research Forum, Sydney, 20th November 2009.

[2] Smart Internet 2010: Schools of Thought (2005): a presentation by Trevor Barr on the Smart Internet 2010 Report to the OECD ICCP workshop 'The Future of the Internet'.

[1] The Future of The Internet (2005): a presentation by Trevor Barr, Darren Sharp & Alex Burns to the conference Research: Informing policy; supporting practice.

M - Technical & Contract Reports

[3] Data collection, analysis, interviews, sub-editing and contributions to the Performance Portfolio for Swinburne University's 'second cycle' audit by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (2007 - 08).

[2] The Smart Internet 2010 Report (2005) and Report Summary (2005) coauthored by Professor Trevor Barr, Alex Burns & Darren Sharp for the Smart Internet CRC.

[1] Future Trends in Community Uptake of the Internet (2004) cowritten with Darren Sharp & Professor Trevor Barr for the Smart Internet CRC.

Other - Submissions to Australian Government Reviews

[3] Submission to Treasury's Creeping Acquisitions discussion paper (10th October 2008).

[2] Response to Review of the CRCs Program (31st August 2008).

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Submission to Review of the National Innovation System (30th April 2008).

Other - Research Project Bids

[1] Contributor to the successful bid proposal, market intelligence, and input on the research program for the $A120 million Smart Services CRC (2006 - 07).

Other - Presentations

[4] Digital Games & Search Future(s) (2006): my part of a Swinburne University of Technology team presentation on 8th December 2006 to the Australian search firm Sensis.

[3] Domain Anthropology (2006): a presentation overview on how domain-based thinking in anthropology and software engineering could be used to develop Geertzian "rich descriptions" of disruptive innovations.

[2] SITCRC Process Mapping & Value Chain (2006): a presentation with SUT's Peter Bruges on the major process and value chain for the Smart Internet CRC's technology R&D programs.  The presentation represents a personal analysis of the value chain.

[1] Digital Games: Sociology Research (2005): an internal seminar presentation on Smart Internet 2010 Report's chapter on Digital Games, with details from the unpublished longer version.

Other - Unit of Study Outlines & Guest Course Presentations

[4] Near Future Technology Trends (2008): lecture delivered on 15th May 2008 for Swinburne University's course HBI550/HBM550 Trends in International Business & Marketing.

[3] Communications Futures (2006): a teaching seminar presentation on Futures Studies, Strategic Foresight and risk sociology.

[2] Economy & Society (2003) co-written with Darren Sharp and co-taught in SUT's Community & Further Education unit in its TAFE Social Sciences division.

[1] Online Customer Service (2003) written and taught in SUT's TAFE Business division.

Other - University Essays & Presentations

Fearful Asymmetries (2006): a Masters mini-thesis for Monash University's Counter-Terrorism Studies program on Herman Kahn's escalation model and North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

An Evaluation of the Total Information Awareness (TIA) Project (2006): a Masters essay for Monash University's Counter-Terrorism Studies program that conducts a post-mortem on DARPA's controversial Total Information Awareness system for terrorist profiling.

Embodied Foresight & Intelligence Analysis (2006): a Masters presentation for Monash University's Counter-Terrorism Studies program that explores how intelligence analysts might use Strategic Foresight and MIT's Society of Learning methodologies for self-reflective development and building an institutional wisdom culture.

Michael Klare & World Security Studies (2006): a Masters essay for Monash University's Counter-Terrorism Studies program that describes and evaluates Michael Klare's contribution to world security studies, energy security and oil geopolitics.

Islamism (2005): a Masters essay for Monash University's Counter-Terrorism Studies program that evaluates the "Islamofascism" label that some conservative and neoconservative analysts use to describe Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in the post-September 11 security environment.

Political Islam & Nationalism (2005): a Masters essay for Monash University's Counter-Terrorism Studies program on the tension between Political Islam and nationalist movements in Khomeini's Iran, Hamas versus Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda's post-September 11 propaganda.

Ethnopolitical Taxonomies (2005): a Masters essay for Monash University's Counter-Terrorism Studies program that critiques Robert Kaplan's 'ancient ethnic hatreds' thesis and examines the "early warning" indicators for genocide.

International Relations Perspectives on Anti-Money Laundering Governance (2005): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on 'low-intensity' financial warfare in a post-September 11 world and the Financial Action Task Force's global governance regime.

From Wewelsburg to Project Monarch: Anatomy of a Fringe Violence Conspiracy (2005): a case study in the hermeneutics of forbidden knowledge, or how  a Temple of Set magical working at the Wewelsburg castle inadvertently spawned Internet conspiracy theories.

Dotcom Deathwatch (2003): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on the 1995-2000 dotcom bubble and the companies who illustrated irrational exuberance and moral hazard.

Apocalypse Roulette (2003): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on the rise-and-fall of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management and the debates in corporate finance about the Black-Scholes equation for pricing risk in equity markets.

Epistemological Futures & Film Scanning (2003): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on a cinema studies methodology for teaching Strategic Foresight and Spiral Dynamics® using DVD film clips and live commentaries.

Summoning Hsi Wang Mu: Foresight, Global Risk and the SARS Outbreak (2003): a Masters presentation for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, using the risk management frameworks of Ulrich Beck and Aaron Wildavsky, and the Causal Layered Analysis methodology developed by Sohail Inayatullah.

The Art of Mega-Deals: Rupert Murdoch & Strategic Foresight (2002): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program, listed in AGSM's subject Strategic Game Theory for Managers.

Business Intelligence (2002): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on the frameworks, methodologies, ethical dimensions and practices of business and competitive intelligence.  Also see the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

Adrian Slywotzky: The Zen of Strategic Anticipation (2002): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on Mercer strategist Adrian Slywotzky.

Confronting The World Risk Society (2002): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on Ulrich Beck's risk sociology.

Civilization 3: Digital Game-Based Learning & Macrohistorical Simulations (2002): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on Sid Meier's computer game Civilization 3 and Johan Galtung & Sohail Inayatullah's work on macrohistory, or "the study of the histories of social systems, along separate trajectories, through space and time, in search of patterns, even laws of social change."  Subsequently, game designer Will Wright has taken this into a new realm with SimCity Societies (2007) and Spore (2008).

Holonic Editing: New Media Responses to the Global Problematique (2002): a Masters presentation for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on journalism and new media practices for dealing with complex global issues.

Is Futures Studies A Science Or An Art? (2002): a Masters essay for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on an interdisciplinary question for Strategic Foresight.

Sculpting In Time: Integral Futures & Film Scanning (2002): a Masters presentation for Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program on a cinema studies methodology for teaching the Integral Futures school of Richard Slaughter, Ken Wilber and others.

The Philosophy of Human Psychology (1999): an undergraduate paper for La Trobe University's philosophy program on the Human Potential movement's challenges to identity theory.

Other - Disinformation®

Disinformation (2008): RSS feed for my stories on the new Web 2.0 site and my final message as site editor, 29th February 2008.


Disinformation archives from the classic 'webzine' era (1999 - 2002) of the subculture search engine.

Katz, Jon. Disinformation.com.  Slashdot, 19th February 2002.

Disinformation Editorial Master List (1999 - 2002): excerpts from the daily file I used during the classic 'webzine' era including a list of possible future dossiers.

Other - Spiral Dynamics®

A Spiral Dynamics® Field Manual for Film Scanning (2003): a 'workshop handout' version for a seminar that used DVD film clips and live commentaries to illustrate aspects of Clare W. Graves' work on psychological levels of human existence, as explored by Don Beck & Chris Cowan.

Expanded Bibliograpy for Spiral Dynamics® (2001) for Don Beck & Chris Cowan's book Spiral Dynamics (Blackwell Business Publishers, Boston MA, 1996).

Other - Magazine Articles & Reviews

The Foresight Principle (2002): a review of Richard Slaughter's book The Foresight Principle (1995).

Operation Mindcrime: The Selling of Noam Chomsky (1995): 'gonzo' journalism coverage of Chomsky's 1995 Australian tour for Perth's Revelation Magazine.

Other - Old Blogs, Sites & Web Articles

• Contributor to Roy Christopher's Summer Reading List (2008)

Futuristics (2007): a 'beta' blog project with alumnus from Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight program.

• Roy Christopher & Alex Burns, Simon Reynolds: Erase and Start It Again (2007) & Disinfo.com coverage (2007)

Quality Links (2007) for Swinburne University's Strategic Planning & Quality department.

Del.icio.us Links (2006) whilst a senior researcher at the Smart Internet CRC.

The Apocalyptic Style of Geopolitics (2003 - 2006): an 'incubation' blog on Strategic Foresight and Counterterrorism Studies.

Amazon.com reviews (1999).

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