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Here are a few quick answers to some of the questions we have received about the Gists we publish with Shaping Tomorrow.
The response from our Gist reports has been greater than we expected, and we have received feedback from a variety of clients and colleagues. One client was very happy with our wearables Gist and the custom Gists we created for them in a similar style:
“I found the wearables Gist very interesting and passed it around to several colleagues who also really liked the content and format of the report. We like that it is short and concise and provides a nice ‘snapshot’ of a particular issue/topic. [One of the custom Gists] has become required reading for the whole agency.” –Researchers within a North American government agency
However, some people have had questions about the Gist reports, and we will answer a few of these in this blog post.
What are Gists?
Many people were confused about the grammatical appropriateness of the term, Gist. The verb “to gist” is often used in…
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Causal Layered Analysis 2.0 at the surface offers academics, cultural
creatives, civil society leaders, political analysts, corporate
executives and government decision-makers alternative and innovative
ways of dissecting and recreating STEEP plus culture and values
The 2.0 provides more than a dozen of anticipatory action learning
cases and insights on how CLA, as a theory and method, could enrich
and transform our ways of knowing (the self and society and of
managing social transformation (structure).
This groundbreaking book shows you how possible and sensible it is to
connect and integrate multiple perspectives and realities from fury to
rationality to civilization codes, mapping context-space and meaning
making. While CLA is anchored on questioning assumptions and in
creating alternative and preferred long-term futures, CLA action
learning workshops could give you that sense of urgency to act and
develop strategies and formulate future responsive policies and plans
on Monday morning.
The 2.0 provides…
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By 2050, two thirds of us will live, work, and play in cities. At the same time, climate change may intensify extreme weather to the point that the costs of recovery could increase by up to 10 times more than today. How cities around the world utilize technology to confront population growth and climate change will determine the strength of the global economy and redefine demographics.
What is changing?
Our latest Gist, Optimizing Cities, begins by exploring the future of cities with regards to population growth and climate change.
Then, the focus switches to three ways cities are exploring to optimize their urban space for improved livability and sustainability: smart cities, repurposed urban spaces, and urban farming. These are three of the primary technologies opening new markets and disrupting old models while mitigating stress on city planning.
The gist will help you quickly assess the future of…
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