Futuring is my passion. I am fascinated about what the future might bring. Always looking around for leads about the future and open for new insights. I am futurist, trendwatchter and strategist at the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, a thinktank in the Netherlands.
My background is in Human factors psychology. I did my Masters at Leiden University and I did a PhD in Delft University at the faculty of Industrial design engineering. I have been involved in foresight studies since 2006. I am frequently asked as an expert for future studies in area of food, natural resources, health and governance. I am also a speaker and workshop facilitator on futures studies, trend presentations and the many topics that I blog about.
My contributions to Futuristablog represent my own personal opinion and is never a statement of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
On March 4th 2014, an exciting new book on working with scenarios was launched by Amsterdam University Press: The essence of scenarios: learning from the shell experience by authors Angela Wilkinson and Roland Kupers. Both authors have an impressive history on working with scenarios inside and outside the Shell company … Continue reading →
This interview with Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Academic Project Manager at the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, takes place in a series of discussions with the keynote speakers of An Interesting Afternoon – The world in 50 years and how do we get there? This event by … Continue reading →
Step into the living room of the future and what will you see? Many people start dreaming of technology. The internet of things that connects all the products in the house. Screens that make you communicate and be involved in all kinds of experiences, whether it be gaming, shopping, or … Continue reading →
The work of strategy experts should ideally be focused on analytic, conceptual thinking, before stepping into operational planning. But often, the pressure to present a hands-on and actionable plan stands in the way of studying situations from a wider angle. However, this is not a plea for a free ticket … Continue reading →
This year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, there was much concern over the growing inequality of incomes. The gap between rich and the poor gets ever bigger. The continuing economic crisis is not making things better. It used to be that economic investments help to create more jobs … Continue reading →
Wild cards are the term for extreme events that have a major impact on the world. The fall of the Berlin wall and 9/11 are some of the most salient examples of wild cards that had radical impact on all levels in the fabric of society. The nuclear disaster of … Continue reading →
Scenario planning is one of the most widely used tools of futurists in consulting organisations. In collaborative efforts with a stakeholder group, from within or outside of the organisation, multiple scenarios of different futures are generated. The main uncertainties of where the future might lead us, are often the main … Continue reading →
In the Netherlands students who pursue a career as a futurist can study at Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg in the program of trend research and future studies, part of the Academy of Creative Industries. Patrick van der Duin, board member of the Dutch Future Society and assistant professor in Delft University … Continue reading →
KPMG, in collaboration with the Mowat Centre at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, has published the report “Future State 2030: The global megatrends shaping governments”. Their analysis distinguished nine global megatrends impacting governments at all levels all over the world, focusing on the individual, the … Continue reading →
Futurists, trend researchers, futurologists, trend spotters, people who who try to say something about the future carry all kind of names. Despite references to the Antiquity, the oracle of Delphi amongst others, the profession is kind of young and still struggling with its position, especially in the business context. Valuable … Continue reading →
Packaging may sometimes appear very wasteful to people. Used only temporarily and the act of throwing it away does not feel good. The times of a ‘throw away society’ have definitely given way for the circular society, where we share and reuse as much as possible. However, packaging, even for … Continue reading →
The Netherlands is a densely populated country. It is also one of the biggest agri-economies, exporting its dairy, meat and fresh produce all over the world. There is a great pressure for farm companies to grow their business, which changes the character of their businesses. The threat of animal diseases, … Continue reading →
Predicting the future is a ‘no go’. However, uncertainty about the economy, emerging markets, climate change, biodiversity loss and many, many more, raises the urgency to know as much about the future as possible. Governments and industries need this in order to anticipate on future situations. Dutch Future Study on … Continue reading →
The foremost group of scientists of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has again published a landmark report on the evidence of climate change. In scientific terms, they now called it “unequivocal” and for the first time they said that humans are “extremely likely” to be the dominant … Continue reading →
Ross Dawson, futurist and entrepreneur, presented his vision on the role of a futurist at a meet-up of the Dutch Future Society. Location of the session was the Living Tomorrow, former house of the future, now headquarters of ID&T, pioneering company of dance events and electronic music experiences. In sync … Continue reading →
Governing bodies take decisions for the future all the time. However, they may not be aware of possible future in their daily business. The municipality of Haarlemmermeer, home of Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, realised that they needed to enhance their imagination of the future and take this into account in their … Continue reading →
Many times people wish that futurists could look into the future and see the things that they don’t see yet. However, futurists cannot predict the future. But it can help to think more widely about potential events and potential convergence of trends and development. One of the most exciting aims … Continue reading →
From the banking crisis to earthquakes, from the Arab spring to major floods, we have seen many disasters and disruptions, year after year. Given the risks of climate change and the grand challenges of feeding nine billion people, the potential of disruptions is not expected to diminish soon. It is … Continue reading →
Something is bubbling in society. They do not want to wait for the government to set targets and take action. Sustainability initiatives like Urgenda are born that way. Self organised actions to change the status quo. Grass roots initiatives that reach thousands of people. But don’t think that people working … Continue reading →
Futures thinking seems essential in our times. With so many uncertainties about water, food and energy for 9 billion people in the next forty years, and so many exciting new technologies on the way, futurists can help to see new possible futures and support decision makers. However, futurists are not … Continue reading →