Dr. Jim Dator
- Professor, and Head of the Alternative Futures Option,
Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii;
Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies.
President of the World Futures Studies Federation.
Ph.D.(Political Science), The American University;
M.A.(Political Science) University of Pennsylvania.
A Fellow of the World Academy of Art \& Science, a member of
Phi Beta Kappa, a Danforth Fellow, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
- Books: Advancing Democracy and Participation, Barcelona, Centre Catala de
The Futures of Development, Paris, UNESCO 1991;
Alternative Futures for the State Courts of 2020, Chicago,
American Judicature Society, 1991.
Papers: It's Only a Paper Moon, Futures, Dec. 1990.
- Dr. Dator has three major areas of specialization.
They are futures studies (especially the design of new political
institutions, and the future of law, education, and technology);
the political-economic futures of North America, East Asia,
and the Pacific Islands;
and media production and the politics of media.
He was an advisor to the Hawaii State Commission for the Year 2000,
and has consulted with state futures commissions for Florida, Oregon,
and Illinois. He has been a planning consultant to the state
judiciaries of Hawaii, Virginia, Arizona, Massachusetts, Illinois
and Kansas, and the Federated States of Micronesia as well as
several law firms in Hawaii and on the US mainland.
He has lectured to several thousand general, professional,
governmental, business, as well as futurist, audiences in Hawaii and
throughout the United States and Canada, and in Costa Rica, Italy,
Egypt, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden, Holland, England,
North and South Korea, Japan, China, Yugoslavia, Spain, Hungary,
Australia, Romania, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Switzerland, Bulgaria,
Finland, New Zealand and Pakistan.
- His main concern about the future is his children, specially
his youngest son, Mack.