Scenario Development in the 21st Century

We have increasingly focused on the quantifiable world over the past 100 years as a means to growth and progress. Organizations have become obsessed with numbers and the warm, fuzzy feeling that they give us when they neatly add up to demonstrate that the future looks...

We’re Building The Future, And It Looks Just Like Today

As futurists, it is our job to help clients to build the future. That may mean that we are helping them to identify potential risks, discover emerging opportunities or simply navigate the unfolding trends. (Though it’s never really that simple or mundane.) This...

Why “That’s Crazy” Is Critical To Good Strategic Foresight

As a younger version of myself, one of the first foresight ideas that I encountered was the popular expression from futurist legend Jim Dator: “Any useful idea about the future must appear to be ridiculous.” When sharing this concept with clients from many different...

Scenarios: Going Beyond Data To Map Complex Futures

When we want to implement change and transformation in our organizations, we are introducing a new vision or a new level of growth. This means that the old way of doing things – the way we measured and implemented the old processes and operations – won’t suffice as a...

10 Questions to Test Future Readiness in Your Organization

For Rainer Rilke, poet and novelist, the future wasn’t a distant and nonexistent concept that could be flippantly disconnected from the present. Rather, the seeds of the future were contained within the present, and those seeds were waiting to grow and blossom. To...

Why Do Many Corporate Foresight Efforts Fail?

You don’t need to look hard to find examples of companies that failed to adapt to the changing business and technology landscapes of their time. From Kodak to Britannica, the headlines have been littered with former brand icons which now find themselves struggling to...

How Creativity Grows from Natural Foresight®

One of the greatest deficits of our time is an impoverishment of “creativity generators” or cultures of creativity within our organizations. By becoming captive to the “bottom line” of Wall Street, our organizational and governmental expressions fell prey to extremely...

Why Natural Foresight® Makes Your Organization Healthier

Here’s a secret about futures thinking and foresight: It should be a natural part of your organizational processes and operations, an organic component of your business culture. In other words, foresight should naturally flow from organizational design, being just as...

What Ancient Cartography Can Teach Us about the Future

As futurists, we never claim to be able to predict the future. Predicting means you reject all possible outcomes in favor of one that you’re certain will come to pass.

With the rapid pace of change and increased complexity of today’s environment, a predictive approach is only effective in the short term at best, and at worst, it’s dangerous.

“Alien eyes” take center stage in NASA iTech Speaker Series

Have you ever wondered if NASA has made alien contact?  Well, I know firsthand that they have, because I had the honor of being NASA’s alien visitor! In August, I was asked to serve as the speaker for the NASA iTech Speaker Series at the Armstrong Flight Research...

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