Category Archives: Futurists

Sensing the Futures (how to challenge ruling narratives)

Here’s a prediction. You are reading this because you believe that it’s important to have a sense of what’s coming next. Or perhaps you believe that since disruptive events are becoming more frequent you need more warning about potential game-changers, … Continue reading

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Why the future needs more people in it

Last year Facebook launched a virtual assistant. It was called Moneypenny after the secretary in the James Bond books. Yet again, a vision of the future was shaped by the past, possibly with a nod to Walt Disney’s Tomorrow Land … Continue reading

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Trends are not where the future is found

I’ve had a bit of an epiphany. I was talking to someone last week about what the future of retail might look like…in 2020. That’s right, how the future will look in 48-months. Such a timescale automatically pulls anyone back … Continue reading

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Why aren’t there more women futurists?

Nice article in the Atlantic concerning why there aren’t more women futurists. Personally I think the problem is that in the early years ‘futurology’ – or whatever f-word you care to use (and I can think of a few) dropped … Continue reading

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Futurists

Well I thought that I spoke fast but you should see this guy in action. If you click on this link you’ll see an ABC show in Australia about the future of the future. Fast forward to 32 minutes or … Continue reading

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The Return to Real

I can’t resist this. I’m reading an essay in Harper’s magazine (US) about the life and death of great American newspapers (Harper’s November 2009, ‘Final Edition by Richard Rodriguez) and there’s a great quote, which I agree with: ” Something … Continue reading

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On Futurists

Great quote the other day from someone in an audience: “I love listening to futurists, they are always interesting. And they are always wrong.” Fortunately this wasn’t about me. I was billing myself as a writer on this occasion but … Continue reading

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How to be a Futurist (Part 2)

1. Cultivate the look of an expert (glasses are always good) 2. Sound really certain about things (people love precision) 3. Go against any traditional wisdom (always pick the opposite position) 4. Say things that are very difficult to substantiate … Continue reading

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How to be a Futurist

1. Call yourself a futurist 2. Don’t comb your hair 3. Grow a beard (grey is ideal) 4. Wear glasses (even if you don’t need them) 5. Change your name to something really wacky 6. Write a book (or otherwise … Continue reading

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On Futurists

It seems to me that there are broadly two types of futurist (or futurologist) around at the moment. One is the doomsday or Apocalyptic futurist. Climate change, population growth, global pandemics, peak water, rogue asteroids, artificial intelligence, Generation Y — … Continue reading

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