The future is the connected company

The future is all about connectedness. Dave Gray made that point clearly in his recent book “The connected company“. Online and offline social networks are getting deeper engrained in society. People start to grasp new opportunities of connectedness every time. To keep in pace with connected customers and clients, organizations … Continue reading

Scenarios on contact with ETI

Scenarios are used for many different purposes and in all types of organisations. One of the most surprising and inspiring scenario studies I ever came across is the NASA & Pennsylvania State University study on whether contact with extra-terrestrials would benefit or harm humanity. The scenarios were published in 2011 … Continue reading

The “I told you so – effect” in future studies and horizon scanning

Futurists are talking about trend and developments all day long. They almost live the future  (or multiple futures). Their job is to help stimulate strategic thinking about the future in organizations and people. The everyday reality is, that most people are busy with important business here and now. Things that … Continue reading

The Mont Fleur Scenarios

One of the most well-known scenario exercises is the one that took place at the Mont Fleur centre in South Africa, in 1991-1992. At the time, South Africa was dealing with economic decline, social disintegration and political unrest (in this period the negotiations to end apartheid took place). This particular scenario … Continue reading

How to bring more creativity in scenario thinking?

One of the main criteria for scenarios about the future is that they are challenging. They also need to be relevant and plausible, but they should also trigger people’s thinking. That means, scenarios need to contain creative elements, creative storylines that initiate the conversation about what the future may look … Continue reading

Transformative scenario planning – working together to change the future (Adam Kahane)

Adam Kahane, former head of Scenarios at Shell, and pioneer in transformative scenario planning, presents his experience and insight in this wonderful book about his approach of working with the future. The book is about changing the future in a cooperative effort. He gained his experience during the transition from … Continue reading