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.
Writing about strategic foresight in plain language was certainly more difficult than I expected. However, I finally feel like I can write my foresight book. I have a topic, and at least five of the chapters will be based in large part on these articles--without all the disaster preparedness stuff of course. However, that book … Continue reading A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings in Asia
My articles for Prepare with Foresight have been focused on communicating strategic foresight in very everyday language. I'm not always convinced I've stripped my writing of academic or professional jargon without patronizing my audience. However, strategic foresight is not enough of a household concept yet to be able to communicate it without a little jargon. Here's … Continue reading Black Swans and Other Cliches
I published another article with Prepare with Foresight. This one describes horizon scanning and environmental scanning and how they can be used for disaster preparedness. I compare them to an extended version of situational awareness. Here's the intro: In my previous post, I explained how individuals can benefit from strategic foresight. Now, I’ll dig a little deeper … Continue reading Environmental and Horizon Scanning for 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