18 ‘known’ trends about the future and 4 what if’s – Dutch Horizonscan Prosperity and Environment

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

Scientists’ prediction of climate change: business as usual versus alternative futures

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

Recapturing the future, strengthening strategic capacities

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

“Studying the future is similar to studying history”

Interview with Boudewijn Steur Boudewijn Steur works as strategic specialist for the Dutch Minististry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (“BZK”). Futurista interviewed Boudewijn on his work as a strategist and his thoughts on foresight. It might be surprising to realise that while Boudewijn focuses on the future on a … Continue reading

Three maxims for essential futures thinking

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

Transformative technologies, which applications will we embrace as a society?

McKinsey presented a comprehensive analysis of the most important disruptive technologies that are changing the world, right now and in the years to come. Mobile internet, automation of work, internet of things, cloud technology, advanced robotics,(near) autonomous vehicles, next generation genomics, energy storage, 3D printing, advanced materials, advanced oil and … Continue reading

Meat eaters of the 21th century

Meat consumption in the 21th century

At the heat of the horse meat crisis in Europe, UNEP published ‘Our nutrient world’, a report that looked closely at the massive impact of nutrient use by agriculture and especially meat production. The report proposed many actions to improve the management of nutrients in agriculture. But one recommendation received … Continue reading

Clean energy for all the 9 billion World citizens

This is literally one of the most daunting challenges for the 21st century. Clean energy for the global population: for people who climb up the prosperity ladder and will consume more energy, for people who currently rely on relatively polluting energy sources, such as wood stoves, and for people who … Continue reading