by Geoff Mulgan
"Stories are, by their nature, neither logical nor analytic.
"But they do help to make sense of confusing information and, as the futuristGaston Berger put it, some future stories usefully 'disturb the present'. That's the case with a lot of science fiction - from Margaret Atwood and Ursula LeGuin to Charles Stross.
"So, apart from reading a lot of SF, how can we use stories to think about the future? Here I look at five different types of story that can help us peer into the crystal ball."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Very good analysis of 5 types of stories that deal with the future:
-Scenarious and scenario planning
-"What if..." stories"
-Stories that ask why and offer answers