Besides making the work of a futurist more efficient, these services are helping to make futures thinking more accessible to a broader public.
In 2014 Sweden made headlines as the first nation to appoint a Minister for the Future, Kristina Persson. Unfortunately, her role only lasted for a year and a half. Sweden’s experience with long-term planning at such a high level is common. Many governments spend a few months to a year thinking about the long-term future before taking a break.
I have just started a new series are Prepare with Foresight about what strategic foresight is and how it can be applied to contingency planning and disaster preparedness. What is the most important tool in your survival kit? Is it the tins of food, the can opener, the gun, the bullets, the gas lamp? Your … Continue reading Using Strategic Foresight in Disaster Preparedness
Many self help authors want readers to connect to their future selves, but none of them offer any practical tools for doing so. Such authors look too narrowly at the future to guide readers into visualizing multiple, plausible futures, and readers often give up or lose faith when their actual future turns out differently than they … Continue reading Learn more from your future than you do from your past
I have written before about how unprofessional it is for journalists and bloggers to say, "it may sound like science fiction but...." This statement is a reflection of the popular disdain for science fiction and of anyone who looks at the future. After the decades of journalists writing about science fiction predicting that which is … Continue reading Common Mistakes When Thinking About the Future