The Future of Jobs: Automated AND Human Touch, insights from scenario planning

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We live in exciting times of new technologies and innovative products, but one of the most uncertain issues of today is the future of jobs. Already many kinds of jobs have been automated to some extent and there is a risk of employment going down in various segments of the … Continue reading

What futurists can learn from superforecasters

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

4 reasons to take Science Fiction seriously

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Science fiction shows and movies seem to be gaining popularity. For many people, however, science fiction remains something for ‘nerds’ and not something to take seriously. And certainly not something to concern yourself with during work time. We disagree. We believe that futurists, foresight experts, strategists, researchers and others who … Continue reading

Strategic foresight on the impact of technology on the agriculture and food sector

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Everybody always wants to know the future: Which technology will create breakthroughs in the next years? Which innovative products will we see on the market in ten years? Foresight does not enable better predictions, but foresight can help you to see the things that matter in how the future could … Continue reading

Three horizons for the future of agriculture and food

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The food system of tomorrow will be different than today. By looking at trends and developments, we can see emerging horizons of future food systems. These ‘pockets of the future in the presence’ may give a fair indication of what the future could look like. One method to look more … Continue reading

Carl Rohde on Cool hunting methodology

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Carl Rohde is not a trendwatcher per see. He is a sociologist interested in cultural mentality. He has built up a pretty unique approach to find signs of the cool: attractive, inspiring new things with growth potential. And the word cool is not chosen randomly here. Cool is a concept … Continue reading

How would disruptive technologies affect public life?

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Dutch government council wants to hear from futurists. Self driving cars, 3D printing, robotics, these are just a few of the major technologies that are likely to bring massive disruptions in about every aspect of life. What do we eat? What would our work be like in the future? How … Continue reading

Futurists have so much more to offer than just predictions

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For 48 years now the World Future Society brings together a remarkable futurist community. It had been my first time and it was a truly inspirational experience. Here a brief gist of my impressions featuring great examples of the work of futurists in society. Let me build on the opening … Continue reading

Governments doing scenario planning: could they trigger self-fulfilling prophecies?

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Policy making is always targeting the future. Through regulations and programs, governments intend to steer the course of events into a more desired society and economic prosperity. Various governments are using foresight studies as strategic background documents about plausible futures. These can be large encompassing foresight studies. However, strategic policy … Continue reading

Will the Brain Computer Interface technology help to bridge the gap between humans and animals?

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Now imagine this, we’re on our way to transcending the language barrier, with the Brain Computer Interface, for human to human communication, where direct and immediate interpretation or translation will be possible with the appropriate software. Imagine, if you can start understanding, what your dog, your cat or your hamster … Continue reading

‘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