5 Tips to Avoid “Foresight Burnout”

If you’ve learned about Strategic Foresight recently, you’re likely wondering how to start socializing it to the broader organization. You recognize that there’s disruption and opportunity just on the horizon and you want to capitalize on that information without interrupting the flow of everyday business. Sadly, the future is not on everyone’s radar (except if you’re talking risk, or certainty). You need creative ways to inspire the team to consider the pull of the future without overwhelming them. Here’s five…

“Can you teach me thermodynamics in 20 minutes?”

overcoming short attention spans in foresight integration Having worked in corporate America for 15 years before joining the foresight, innovation , and strategic design firm Kedge and co-founding The Futures School, I know firsthand the challenges of integrating futures thinking in all types of organizations. For-profit entities like The Walt Disney Company (where I was charged with spearheading the first division in the company’s history focused on the future) are built with a bias toward short termism, but they are…

“Say Goodbye to Frank and Yvette”​

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Elliot A growing body of research suggests that our playgrounds are too safe. Apparently, giving children the ability to fail and recover builds not only resilience, but creativity and overall health. It may seem counterintuitive, but consider that if we don’t allow kids the opportunity to push the boundaries on their abilities (to “test the fences,” if you will), then when they…

Creating Foresight-Fueled Action: Katie McPherson

Originally Recorded on June 4, 2021 As a leader in climate, disaster and community resilience, Katie McPherson has spent years working to understand and promote the conditions that contribute to social and economic wellbeing, adaptation and recovery. As Vancouver’s first Chief Resilience Officer, she discovered the transformative power of strategic foresight to reframe both narratives and solutions for some of the City’s greatest challenges. Today, she sees foresight as an essential tool for resilient futures. She recently settled in Whitehorse,…

What Is Natural Foresight®?

We are operating in an increasingly complex environment, where linear and mechanistic processes do not work. To overcome this issue, The Futures School leverages a process that mimics natural growth curves.

Creating Foresight-Fueled Action: Minsoo Pak

Originally recorded May 7, 2021 Minsoo has been creating breakthrough, award-winning work across all media for more than 20 years. He is well known in the industry for his talent in generating big ideas that focus on creativity, usability and measurability. At EY, Minsoo continues to challenge convention by establishing creative problem solving as the new business currency. Previously, Minsoo held top creative posts at Sparks Grove, USWeb/CKS, Studiocom, Voltage Factory, Modem Media/DIGITAS and TribalDDB. At Ogilvy, he led their interactive…

Can You “Future Proof”​ Your Design Strategies?

A failure of imagination is the undoing of many great design strategies. With Strategic Foresight, you scan to identify trends, analyze and identify patterns, create multiple future scenarios, and test strategies against these scenarios and adjust to make them adaptable.

Foresight = Data + Intuition + Research + Creativity

In a recent Forbes article, Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, Sesil Pir, toutes why foresight is a critical skill set for all 21st century leaders. “We never experienced the volatility, ambiguity and complexity in managing all of our tasks. It is no secret we all struggle to find the capacity to meet different demands in our roles and have a growing need to be able to think and decide more holistically.” We could not agree more with Pir’s statement. We need…

Creating Foresight-Fueled Action: Timothy Jaiyeoba

Originally recorded July 16, 2021 Timothy Jaiyeoba had his first degree in Chemical Engineering (B.Eng), three (3) Master’s degree (one in Process Engineering and two MBAs with specialism in Strategic Planning and Oil & Gas Management). He has the following professional certificates: Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Cost Professional (CCP), Strategic Management Certificate (SMC), and Certified Foresight Practitioner (CFP). He has over nineteen (19) years of experience in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry; in January 2019, he started StrateDelta…