Where can I find the future?

Environmental scanning is the most critical practice for all foresight practitioners. But where to begin with sourcing interesting scan hits? The internet is an endless ocean of information, littered with misinformation and distractions. Even if you have a solid grip on how to conduct quality futures intelligence, good scan hits can be hard to come by– that is, until you know where to look.

Below is a list of our favorite sources along with our community’s. Use it to kick-start or support your scanning practice!

Where to find the future

Scanner Twitter Accounts

Alexandra Whittington

Nora Bateson

Daniel Christian Wahl

Joan Lenkova

AfroFuturist

Shira Lazar

Reuters Science News

Tanja Schindler

Dr Wendy L Schultz

Zan Chandler

I Pearson

Alexandra Levit

List: 125 Women Futurists

List: Futurists in Europe

Podcasts and YouTube Channels

Hidden Brain

FuturePod

The Future of You

The Future of Everything

Creative Talks

On the Media

Up First

What Next

Thriving on Overload

Exponential View

Gerd Leonhard YouTube

News Organizations and Blogs

Medium

The Guardian

The Economist

The New Yorker

TechCrunch

The Verge

Fast Company

NPR

WIRED

Flipboard

Kickstarter

BBC

Futurism

Harvard Business Review

World Economic Forum

Vice

Vox

BigThink

Science Alert

Grist

Strategic News Service

Tim O’Reilly’s Radar

Research Gate

Refind- AI-powered link aggregator

1440

Subreddits

r/futurology

r/solar punk

r/retrofuturism

TFS Scanning Resources

Frameworks for Quality Futures Intelligence: Move beyond trend research to futures intelligence with these frameworks, including a free scanning desktop wallpaper.

Wicked Opportunities Creator Economy Digital Trend Cards: Use these 30 trends to scan from the Point of Manifestation.

Trend Card Deck Mural template: Hone your sense-making skills by aggregating scan hits into a trend card deck.

Ultimate Scanning Team Checklist: Use this resource to check off everything you need for a sustainable scanning team.

In our Activations in Natural Foresight course, learn from the experts how to

  • Find the signals in the noise and turn trends into emerging landscapes of change
  • Innovate future-empowered solutions years before competitors
  • Channel futures intelligence into action-oriented strategic plans

Discover if this learning opportunity is right for you:

Acknowledgements

Thank you to the individuals from our TFS network who shared their favorite sources for scanning! Marshall Kirkpatrick, Laura Maceira, and Darwin Sy Antipolo provided excellent sources that supported this list and we could not thank them enough! All three of these individuals are Activations in Natural Foresight alumni/participants.

Ashley Bowers

Creative Strategist, The Futures School

Ashley leverages her expertise in sustainable design, environmental science, and marketing to support user-experiences with a holistic approach. Her goal is to empower changemakers, organizations, institutions and governments to thrive in a world of exponential uncertainty and complexity.

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