Category Archives: Futurists

Are Futurists History?

Apparently, being a futurist is one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Shame I’m in the process of getting out of being one then. Am I just way ahead of everyone else or seriously behind? (Personally, I think futurists … Continue reading

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Predictions for 2018 (from 1968)

Lovely article in The New Yorker (part above) about what a bunch of smart people in 1968 thought 2018 might look like. Lots of things way off the mark, but a few, especially around climate change and computing, that are … Continue reading

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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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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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Richard Watson Videos on YouTube etc

Apologies about the dreadful headline to this post, but I needed to put a few things in one place to help people looking for various videos, podcasts and articles, most of which are scattered all over the place.  So here … 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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