‘The practice of futures for me is thinking WITH futures, not about the future’ – Interview with Roland Kupers

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This interview with Roland Kupers, author of the The essence of scenarios. Learning from the Shell experience, 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 the Dutch Future … Continue reading

‘Look for weak signals of the future, especially when they impose a fear on us’ – Interview with Jacintha Scheerder

This interview with Jacintha Scheerder, project leader of the Horizonscan 2050 at The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT)., 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

‘In the post-industrial age, inefficiencies in the world are finally breaking down’ – interview with Stephan de Spiegeleire

This interview with Stephan de Spiegeleire, Senior scientist the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, 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 the Dutch Future Society takes place … Continue reading

The essence of scenarios, learning from the Shell experience

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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

‘Synthetic biology and other benign technologies that could have a dark side’ – interview with Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

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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

Brain Computer Interface Technology: Interactive Applications You Probably Never Thought About

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The Brain Computer Interface will also undoubtedly change our world and lives with unparalleled, unprecedented, disruption. The new technology will also bring with it, new threats. With the threats, with the disruptions, the Brain Computer Interface will also bring along with it new possibilities. In the year 2025, whether it … Continue reading

The living room of the future: the place we call home

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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

Get yourself in design thinking mode to build a better future

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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

Brain Computer Interface: The accessories it will be disrupting by 2030

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When technology is built and sold to read the users’ thoughts or minds, so that we may interact with our electronics directly from our brains, it is going to be an obvious game-changer. What we do with the new ease, access and opportunities that such technology offers, will change our … Continue reading

Towards a planetary consciousness?

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Nearly everyone, over the age of fifty, knows the photo of the Vietnamese girl, Kim Phuc, who, half burnt, is running away after a napalm bombing by the Americans. At the time, this photo was an icon in the protests against the war in Vietnam. What has this image to … Continue reading

The New Security Threats in the Age of the Brain Computer Interface

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The world is seeing the emergence of Brain Computer Interface and its application in our daily computing or communication is on the horizon. With its emergence, it is important for us to foresee, understand and appreciate the implications the technology will have, whether positive or negative. That we will progress … Continue reading

At the crossroads of new business development

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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

The power of wild cards

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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

Revisiting New Productive Communes: A foresight in realisation through the revival of India’s Ancient Cattle Based Economic Model

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Background of Foresight In the first half of 2013, The Rise of New Productive Communes: A Reality by the Year 2050, a foresight article, was shared on the Visioning 2050 . The New Productive Commune was presented as a self-sufficient, self-contained and sustainable model, that would cause no detriment to … Continue reading

Five key advantages of scenario planning

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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

Patrick van der Duin, lector trend research and future studies

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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

The next generation Organisation: The Intuitive Organisation

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As we transit from the Information Age into the Innovation Age, a question beckons; what is the type of organisation that will be warranted by the new landscape of economy & commerce as presented by the new age? Change as a Constant In an environment where truly indeed, change is … Continue reading

Three Horizons of the future in the present

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The Three Horizons framework is a model of longer-term change. The framework can be used for theoretical analysis as well as in workshops settings. One of the things that makes the framework so useful and comprehensible is the fact that it consists of three lines, that each represent a ‘horizon’. … Continue reading

Future State 2030: Strategies for governments regarding ‘global megatrends’

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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

What kind of a profession is futurism anyway?

Some reflections of the discussions among the fururist at LaFutura2013

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