An overview of futures & foresight in government agencies around the world with Ross Dawson

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.

Using Strategic Foresight in Disaster Preparedness

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

Learn more from your future than you do from your past

Verne Wheelwright is a pioneer in using foresight for personal development. The same methods that corporations and governments have used for the past decade are just as relevant for personal use as they are for shaping macro futures. Many self help authors want readers to connect to their future selves, but none of them offer any … Continue reading Learn more from your future than you do from your past

Common Mistakes When Thinking About the Future

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