The concept of the "transition paradox" in futures comes from Tamás Gáspár and Erzsébet Nováky (in "Dilemmas for renewal of futures methodology," Futures 34:5 (June 2002), 365-379):
The renewal of the methodology of futures studies needs a better understanding of the coming era; however the investigation of the global world calls for new methodologies. This is what we call the Transition Paradox….
The Transition Paradox draws attention to the fact that methodological debates and the futures of futures studies are embedded in the debate over the coming world system which gives the possibility of, and recognizes the need for, the mass population to actively participate in its creation. One who considers the futures of futures studies has to integrate the aspect of methodology, just as whoever thinks of the future of methods has to consider research on the new world order. From a scientific point of view this means that the time is ripe for integrating epistemology and ontology again, which were separated in the European Enlightenment. As for technological foundations, it is information and space technology — which paradoxically were created by the dominant mindset — that make possible a return to ancient traditions, such as Indian, Islamic, Chinese, Greek, Christian, etc. In addition, these technologies allow adaptation of traditions to the global society of six billion people.