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

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

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

Future studies to get you unstuck from the present

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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

Why Systems Thinking is Critical for Effective Roadmapping

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The Core Function of Futurists The core function of any Futurist is to study the future, to help clients, whether internal or external, to develop roadmaps from the present point, to a long-term future point in time. That is the core and most important purpose of future studies. Basically, the … Continue reading

How to bring more creativity in scenario thinking?

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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