Outline of futures studies The following outline is presented as an overview of and topical guide to futures studies – study of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures, and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. It seeks to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel. What is futures studies? Futures studies can be described as all of the following: a branch of science – a branch of social science –a parallel discipline to history – the field of history concerns the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. "In contrast to many future-oriented organizations that think of "the future" in a singular way as determined by present trends, WFSF [and the futures field in general] encourages and promotes 'plural futures' through exploration of alternative and preferred futures General futures studies concepts Futures studies organizations Research centers Academic programs
cognitive biases in futurist thinking Hedgehog and fox finger puppetsby Linda Brown (Etsy shop owner) “No serious futurist deals in predictions”. These are the famous words of Alvin Toffler in his seminal book Future Shock from 1971. The availability bias explains that people have the idea that whatever is recalled easily must be very common. The anchoring bias is also what makes it difficult not to be influenced too much by current affairs. The confirmation bias states that people tend to confirm their beliefs. We also observe here the confidence bias, which works on top of the confirmation bias. The narrative fallacy points at the basis human tendency of telling stories. Both Taleb and Garner build on the work of Philip Tetlock, who distinguished two types of predictors: the hedgehog and the fox. Futurists needs these introspective moments. Twitter: @FreijavanDuijne Futuring is my passion.
Paul Isakson: Taking Time To Get It Right There are a lot of people talking about the importance of launching and iterating these days. Just put it out there and keep moving. Don't put off launching to make it perfect. It will never be perfect. While I agree with the spirit of these statements and the context in which people are talking about them, there is a balance. Nobody is dying to see your next ad, so why should you let yourself get caught up in rushing to get a new ad out there? It's important to get the idea right because attention is at a premium. Beyond that, every idea you release into the world determines how willing someone will be to spend time with your next idea. If you want people to spend time with with your ideas, and even more, spread them for you, you shouldn't rush to get them out for the sake of getting them out. Whatever you're creating, give yourself time to get it right.
Cognitive Biases How Playful Workplaces Will Change The Future Of Work After analysis of hundreds of data points collected around the evolution of work and collaboration, the PSFK Consulting Team noticed that businesses are designing their work environments around the philosophy that play and fun can help inspire their employees to design more innovative ideas, products and services. Companies are filling their spaces with vibrant colors, games, interior gardens and, in some cases, large slides as a way tomstimulate the imaginations of their employees and reduce the stresses associated with meeting goals and deadlines. Below we’ve included several of the best examples that supported the theme of ‘Playful Workplaces.’ Office Design Promotes Spontaneous, Playful Interaction Toy manufacturer LEGO’s new office in Denmark is a mixture of creativity, imagination and innovation in the workspace. Game Company Creates Office That Is A Playful “Fantasy Land” Search Giants Boosts Worker Productivity With Office Space Design And Amenities
Humans will be extinct in 100 years says eminent scientist (PhysOrg.com) -- Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change. Fenner, who is emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, said homo sapiens will not be able to survive the population explosion and “unbridled consumption,” and will become extinct, perhaps within a century, along with many other species. United Nations official figures from last year estimate the human population is 6.8 billion, and is predicted to pass seven billion next year. Fenner told The Australian he tries not to express his pessimism because people are trying to do something, but keep putting it off. Fenner said that climate change is only at its beginning, but is likely to be the cause of our extinction. Easter Island is famous for its massive stone statues.
Futuring: The Exploration of the Future Futuring: The Exploration of the Future by Edward Cornish. WFS. 2004. 313 pages. Paperback. This comprehensive guide to the study of the future will give you a detailed look at the techniques futurists use, what we can know about the future and what we can't, and the role that forward-looking people can play in creating a better tomorrow. Futuring: The Exploration of the Future $19.95, Members $17.95 Order Futuring for the Amazon Kindle Building the Future: A Workbook to Accompany Futuring: The Exploration of the Future by Jill Loukides and Lawrie Gardner Anne Arundel Community College. Futurist educators Loukides and Gardner have developed this thought-inspiring workbook to guide students through the key lessons of Edward Cornish's text, Futuring. Building the Future $17.50, Members $15.95 Order Free Resources from Futuring: The Exploration of the Future Dictionary of Futurist Terms Brief Descriptions Futurist Methods Editorial Reviews "My Picks of the Month. ... Arabic Korean Mongolian
Why do we assume the future will be short? – John Schellenberg In Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle (1987), Stephen Jay Gould tells the story of one John Playfair, who in 1788 accompanied the great British geologist James Hutton to see an ‘unconformity’ at Siccar Point in Scotland. With the help of this geological visual – an ancient erosion surface dividing two layers of rock, one gently sloping, the other vertically tilted – Hutton explained to Playfair that the Earth is a machine ceaselessly repeating a cycle of erosion, deposition, and uplift. Playfair later wrote: ‘The impression made will not easily be forgotten... Revolutions still more remote appeared in the distance of this extraordinary perspective. Giddy. Popular now Still living with your parents? Why solitary confinement degrades us all Do the phases of the moon affect human behaviour? By now most of us have absorbed and integrated quite a large number of facts about deep time. You’ll suspect it to be not much. Why has recognising the deep future been so difficult for humanity? 10 February 2014
Shake It Up I have three suggestions for you to tackle 2012: Power it Up Heat it Up Speed it Up Why are these three things important? Because in this facebook era of sharing and connecting and friending and liking and all these soft power touches, we have lost the edge of winning. And these three directions will put us back on track. Coach of the Century Vince Lombardi said “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” And wanting to win has never been more important, because we live in a VUCA world. I learnt this at the Pentagon. We live in a world that is VOLATILE. We live in a world that is UNCERTAIN. We live in a world that is COMPLEX: How can 7 billion people all have shelter, secure food, stay healthy, get along, feel great, be happy, pay for it all – and fight off aliens!!? We live in a world that is AMBIGUOUS. To win in a VUCA world, you must reframe it - to “superVUCA”. Usain Bolt is superVUCA. He wants to win. The winning M.O. is Fail Fast, Learn fast, Fix fast. Management is dead. Mystery
Humanity+ Overcoming obstacles to effective scenario planning When scenario planning has worked well, it has proved enormously useful to a wide range of organizations as a tool for making decisions under uncertainty. First popularized by Shell in the early 1970s, the approach should be a natural complement to other ways of developing strategy—especially when executives are as concerned about geopolitical dynamics as many are today. It would probably be more widely used if it hadn’t been such a disappointment to many executives. In fact, 40 percent of those we surveyed in 2013 described it as having little effectiveness. Podcast Overcoming obstacles to effective scenario planning DownloadArticle narration That scenario planning often underdelivers, in our observation, can be a simple matter of insufficient experience. Fortunately, an understanding of how such biases undermine scenario planning can mitigate their impact on decision making generally, and improve the effectiveness of scenario planning itself. Combat overconfidence and excessive optimism