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Resources to help build a strategic foresight capacity in organisations
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Grappling with the day after tomorrow

Grappling with the day after tomorrow | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
Futurists are struggling with mixed fortunes in their field of commerce.
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I have to say I dislike the term 'futurism', and I think I am one of the precious ones around terminology, but language is important.

 

This is a good article about the challenges associated with integrating thinking about the future with business.

 

As always, the ROI - how do we measure outcomes - is there. I wonder just how do you measure how people change how they think about the future?

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On Nowism

On Nowism | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
More than a few times recently I've heard people describe themselves as "nowists" or "presentists," mainly in discussions about the role and perceived value of futures and futurists in solving immi...
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While a response to another post, this is a clear exposition about the value of thinking about the future deeply today, not trying to ignore it by focusing only the present.

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Futures Thinking: The Basics

Futures Thinking: The Basics | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it

"Futurism as it's practiced today doesn't try to predict the future, but rather to illuminate unexpected implications of present-day issues; the emphasis isn't on what will happen, but on what could happen, given various observed drivers. It's a way of getting new perspectives and context for present-day decisions, as well as for dealing with the dilemma at the heart of all strategic thinking: the future can't be predicted, yet we have to make choices based on what is to come."


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Zan Chandler's curator insight, January 29, 2013 10:12 PM

While this is an old article, it's a good one for providing an overview of futures thinking or foresight.

 

Nuggets from the post:

-Futures thinking is perhaps better understood as an immune system for our civilization. By examining and testing different possible outcomes--potential threats, emerging ideas, exciting opportunities--we strengthen our collective capacity to deal with what really does transpire.

- Focusing only the challenges of the present may seem imperative, especially when those challenges are massive and frightening. But without a sense of what's next, a capacity for understanding connections and horizons, and a vision of what kind of world we want, our efforts to deal with today's problems will inevitably leave us weakened, vulnerable, and blind to challenges to come.

- Most futures projects, whether informal or professional, follow a similar pattern: Asking the Question; Scanning the World; Mapping the Possibilities; and Asking the Next Question.

 

 

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How Can Futures Thinking Amplify Design Thinking? - Core77

How Can Futures Thinking Amplify Design Thinking? - Core77 | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.
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Strategic Foresight: The next frontier (via Twitter)

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A nice overview of what foresight can do for business.

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Understanding Fear of Process Improvement

Understanding Fear of Process Improvement | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it

More about how to change habits and ways of working than process improvement per se.

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Avoiding Short-Term Thinking In A World of Big Data

Avoiding Short-Term Thinking In A World of Big Data | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
The promise of a world in which we collect massive amounts of data is that it will change our behavior for the better.
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Experiencing the future Part 2: How to build futures experiences | Foresight Culture

Experiencing the future Part 2: How to build futures experiences | Foresight Culture | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
Specific ideas from the simple to the more complex on how to make foresight more experiential...
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Overcoming Our Aversion to Acknowledging Our Ignorance | | Cato Unbound

Overcoming Our Aversion to Acknowledging Our Ignorance | | Cato Unbound | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
Dan Gardner and Philip E. Tetlock review the not-too-promising record of expert predictions of political and social phenomena. The truth remains that for all our social science, the world manages to surprise us far more often than not.
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State of Play in the Futures Field

State of Play in the Futures Field | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
The outcomes and resources developed during the research project, State of Play in the Futures Field. Contains a scan conducted in 2008 of global foresight groups, associations and practitioners.
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10 Good Reasons Not to Trust Your Brain

10 Good Reasons Not to Trust Your Brain | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it

The human brain is a marvelous tool. However, it was designed for a very different world than we currently live in. As a result, it retains many design flaws that do not serve us well, especially in today’s business world where new ways of thinking and ongoing innovation are essential for success.

 

Perhaps the most damaging flaw is the brain’s tendency to think it’s right. In fact, it often insists it is right even in the face of contradictory evidence. So the next time you’re absolutely, positively sure you’re right, consider these 10 reasons not to trust your brain


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Challenging assumptions and taken for granted ways of working is at the core of strategic foresight - understanding how the brain works helps us to understand that our views about the future are not fixed.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:28 AM

We need to practice mindfulness and being present. The brain is a great organism that can be used much better.

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Andy Hines at TEDxHouston 2012 RESONATE

Andy Hines had us at hello. Hello future that is. Andy's career has lead to him helping organizations integrate future thinking into their business processes...

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Zan Chandler's curator insight, February 19, 2013 3:24 PM

Futurist Andy Hines laments that most people don't like thinking about the future, because it involves change. And most people are really comfortable with change.

 

Andy's TEDtalk will give you and idea of what foresight or futures work is and why it's useful.

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Seth's Blog: I was wrong

Seth's Blog: I was wrong | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
In 1993, I saw the web coming. I was hired to write the cover story for a now defunct computer magazine about the internet, and dismissed the new Mosaic browser in a single paragraph. I figured the web was just...
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3 Essential Elements of Strategic Thinking | Creative GapMinding

After years of talking strategy with business partners I have come to the conclusion that most of us don’t know what strategic thinking really is. Most of what we call strategic thinking is really not that strategic.

 

Thinking comes in many forms:

Howard Gardner talks about five in his book Five Minds for the Future, and describes at least six kinds of intelligence in his other writingsEdward de Bono describes Six Thinking Hats, written specifically for thinking in a business contextI have compiled a list of about a dozen or so approaches to thinking.

 

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A straightforward overview of strategic thinking, the core strategic foresight capability.

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3 Essential Elements of Strategic Thinking | Creative GapMinding

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The Future is a Virus

The Future is a Virus | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
Not literally, of course. But if we think about the future as something that infects us, we gain a new perspective on our world.
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Facilitating Trust & Capacity-Building in 21st Century Organizations

Facilitating Trust & Capacity-Building in 21st Century Organizations | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
 

I just got back from co-facilitating my first Fusion, an amazing two day event in Mill Valley, California! (We modeled it after the Fusion retreat I attended a few weeks ago.)

The fram...
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Jamais Cascio: The Foresight Immune System #STU06

Jamais Cascio: The Foresight Immune System #STU06 | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
This presentation was given on Monday, 12th of December 2011, 8 pm GMT, by Jamais Cascio (@cascio), who specializes in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future, and was selected...
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Why the Music Industry Must Change Its Strategy to Reach Digital Natives

Why the Music Industry Must Change Its Strategy to Reach Digital Natives | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
The generation that grew up digital doesn't want to pay to own units of music. The paradigm has shifted. Here's why the industry needs to catch up. (RT @mashable: Why the Music Industry Must Change Its Strategy to Reach Digital Natives - http://on.mash.to/eLxDyP)
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Lessons in Adaptive Strategy - Adam Richardson - The Conversation - Harvard Business Review

Lessons in Adaptive Strategy - Adam Richardson - The Conversation - Harvard Business Review | Strategic Foresight | Scoop.it
Case Study in how re-thinking strategy can help a company maintain its development in the face of changing technology. It also illustrates the importance of asking the right strategic questions, as well as the need to look beyond your industry to find opportunities.
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