by Geoff Mulgan
"Perhaps one of the reasons that so much futurology is uninspiring and predictable is that it's done too much as a cognitive exercise - the futurists read each other's books and write their own rather than getting their hands dirty in the grit of real change.
"The alternative is the mindset of the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs rarely jump in one go to a neat new solution that is proven to work. Instead, they constantly adapt in response to the resistance of things on the road to success.
"It's also the mindset of the inventor and, in a very different way, of the activist - arguing, cajoling and mobilising to find the weak chinks in power structures. "