Why we need scenarios to be ready for the future

February 6, 2017

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be…This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking  –Isaac Asimov, Asimov on Science Fiction 1981 Organizations have to […]

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Future of Learning: The Classroom of 2030

November 6, 2015

Future of Learning: The Classroom of 2030 is the fifth piece I've done for the World Innovation Summit for Education's online news and idea site: WISE.Ed.Review. My focus for them is on clear future views of what's possible and desirable in education in our future. Previous pieces: The Future of Education: How For-Profit Businesses Will Reshape Education […]

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You make it or you take it–The two things you face when you face the future

October 21, 2015

You move, always, into the future. But what future? Well, there are two kinds: 1). The future you can shape. [“You make it”]  Defining this future is about exploring the changes you can influence and clarifying the outcomes you want. A future you strive for is called a normative future, and there is little reason, across the sweep of change […]

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The unreasonable man

September 29, 2015

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." — George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists" If you acknowledge the need for change, sometimes sharp change, then there is a thin line separating the reasonable and […]

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The best time in history

July 2, 2015

"What was, do you think, the best time in human history?" Bob Olson, Olson Carriage & Harness, teaches people skills from the past. He is an expert at horsemanship. He shows people how to teams of draft horses pulling a wagon, carriage, or sleigh.  Bob lives and works on his ranch in Black Forest, Colorado. I […]

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Workforce futures: exploring change and discovering paths forward

June 17, 2015

Our great privilege in helping organizations explore their futures is to sit with them when they make discoveries about the world of change surrounding them. Uncertainty turns to clarity and hopefulness at those moments. What may have felt like feeling their way around in fog becomes a brighter, clearer view of the future. With that […]

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The future in the small thing

June 10, 2015

"Four percent," the senior agency leader said. And that stopped the roll forward of an enthusiastic riff by my futurist colleague standing at the front of the room, and stilled the nodding heads of the already-converted who'd decided this was all cool stuff.  We had been discussing what is sometines called "the new agriculture," niche […]

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The future of education: How for-profit business will reshape education

September 23, 2014

The Future of Education: How For-Profit Businesses Will Reshape Education is the fourth piece I've done for the World Innovation Summit for Education's online news and idea site: WISE.Ed.Review. My focus for them is on clear future views of what's possible and desirable in education in our future. Previous pieces: Future of Education: Nine Skills […]

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The foresight gap: What too many organizations get wrong

September 17, 2014

Businesses aim close. Too often, a business’s view stays on its current realities and where the business is excelling or struggling. The mindset is near-term and management aligns its tools to support that near-term view. This creates a gulf between the challenges and opportunities of the future and the demands of the status quo. It […]

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Future of Education: Nine Skills That Will Help Make Our Children Future-Ready

August 21, 2014

Future of Education: Nine Skills That Will Help Make Our Children Future-Ready is the third piece I've done for the World Innovation Summit for Education's online news and idea site: WISE.Ed.Review. My focus for them is on clear future views of what's possible and desirable in education in our future. Previous pieces: Exploring the Future […]

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