Hey futurist, represent!

May 16, 2014

If foresight is a good thing, if knowing a little more about the future we face helps us all, then we ought to be willing to live and play the role of futurist. We ought to out ourselves, with everyone, and represent the future view. What does it mean to "represent" as a futurist? Use […]

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In the future, there’ll be cheesecake

May 7, 2014

If you are like me, when you crave a treat, it's often cheesecake. And though I have, a time or two, made my own cheesecake, I mostly just want marvelous, taste-pleasing cheesecake. I don't care how you make it.  Cheesecake is a whole which need not be understood in its parts. Don't bore me with the […]

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How to break free of difficult history

April 29, 2014

Difficult history is a historical legacy, often of conflict, that still shapes our behavior and interactions. In the United States, there are the lingering effects of the Civil War, even 150 years later, with its legacy in Federal/state and sometimes, North/South distrust, and the history and legacy of slavery. In post-apartheid South Africa, there is […]

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The unspoken scenario

April 24, 2014

Consider for a moment what would happen if you lost everything you own and all your money. That awful scenario is, of course, possible in any of our lives. And no one wants to dwell on such a thought. It would be hideous. But try out the scenario. What would you do that first morning? You and […]

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7 first steps for building an organization’s foresight

April 14, 2014

Are you in a place where you want to kick-start foresight, but you are not sure how to start? You can start simple and you can succeed. But you probably can’t just leap in with a big splash, even if you’re the chief. You need to lay some groundwork. Below are seven ways to get […]

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Futurist as Missionary, Salesperson, Politician, Counselor

April 3, 2014

Ultimately, your efforts around foresight–for their relevance, for their impact, for the willingness of your stakeholders to engage and get behind them, come down to agency*. How much room for action, maneuver, and strategy do you have or can you have? Your degree of agency will shape expectations that you or the team you work […]

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Every little act changes the future

April 1, 2014

For this little thought experiment, a tip of the pen goes to Tomás Vargas, a young man of sixteen who likes to ask questions, to ponder, to turn thinking upside down and try it out a different way. So regular and wide-ranging are his musings, I’ll bet he won’t even remember his comment to me […]

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What people say when you ask them to think about the future

March 18, 2014

Here are four things I hear all the time from folks I am working with, their reactions to me pushing them to think about the future. “Thinking ten years in the future is really hard” Yes, but the rewards are great in exploring the possibilities, as best as you can, and discovering a range of futures […]

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Regret shapes the future, but so does satisfaction

March 10, 2014

In a controlled study, researchers found people routinely willing to swap similar pens with others, but less willing to exchange lottery tickets. The reason? The lottery ticket in your hand has a potential future value which may—you don’t know—exceed that of another ticket. You don’t want to swap away a ticket that might turn out […]

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Is your focus past or forward?

March 7, 2014

This blog post from a couple of years ago Are You a Paster, Presentist, or Futurist? offers a nice thought experiment on the idea that people may be focused past, on the present, or toward the future. It’s not deeply developed in the piece, but the idea is one worth exploring, and it fits my discoveries about […]

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