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What futurists can learn from superforecasters

Superforecasting, the art of prediction by Tetlock and Gardner, is definitely the number one must-read for futurists this winter. Especially because the topic of prediction can generate a lot of discussion. Despite the public belief of the future industry as a crystal ball business, futurists in general are reluctant about … Continue reading

Trend research and strategic foresight: two worlds or one continuum?

The futurist business, in all its dimensions, is a relatively young discipline. And instead of having developed as one tightly knit community, there are many different branches. Take trend research and strategic foresight, two of the mostly practiced disciplines, tend to employ people with very different backgrounds, address different questions … Continue reading

5 Tips to ensure your foresight project has impact

How do you ensure that your foresight project really has an impact? In future studies and foresight endeavours, creative thinking and imagination are central. Often, the process itself provides insight to the people directly involved in the project. But how do you transfer your results into the rest of your … Continue reading

12 steps for a successful scenario planning project

Say your organisation has decided to do a scenario planning project on one of their strategic topics. And now you are in charge of designing the project outline. How to do this? What is a good approach? Most organisations don’t do scenario planning on a regular basis. Each time there … Continue reading

Four advantages of using visualization in foresight

The medium that we are most familiar with is words. We write proposals, produce reports and even our presentations are full of bullets and written texts. We also like numbers. They are the hard evidence about measurable trends, indicators of a present state or change over a time interval. Despite … Continue reading

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