“X” stands for experience, expertise, exploration, expansion, excitement… and “X” marks YOUR yet-to-be-discovered future.
In our world of growing volatility and uncertainty, making decisions is overwhelming.
You and I are living in a “new normal.” However, our businesses, institutions, and systems are operating with the mindset of a bygone era.
In reality, you are already creating the future. Each and every one of us live in the reality created by our decisions.
Most decisions are made on “autopilot.” However, even when we walk into the future unintentionally, our actions determine our outcomes.
So, when it’s time to plan for the future, we most often make spreadsheets that leverage historical data.
We copy + paste financial projections. Our 10 year strategic plans look a lot like the ones we created last year.
It’s time for you and me to wake up! Our world is unprecedentedly complex, and we need to adopt a radically different approach to the future.
A new approach to making decisions. A new approach to building our organizations and communities. A new approach to life.
The truth is that we all have an ethical and moral obligation to design a better future.
We owe it to future generations, but we also owe it to ourselves.
When you think of it that way, Futures Thinking and Foresight is the most radical form of self-care.
Your best future is awaiting you, you just need to have the courage to map it.
You are probably someone who likes to solve problems.
You’ve tried so many approaches. You’ve gone through the steps. You got to the end and patted yourself on the back.
But then something unexpected happens. A pandemic, an acquisition, a re-org, or a stressful personal event.
So, you solve this new problem like you have all the others – from the standpoint of the problem.
However Futures Thinking breaks free from the limitations of the present, and begins with the future in mind.
This allows us to pull ourselves into possibilities and opportunities in ways that processes grounded in the present cannot!
Futures Thinking can even help us pull the future into the present, elevating our potential far beyond the confines of today’s most impactful ideas.
When we map rigorous and robust alternative futures, we break-free from a mechanistic and unnatural perspective.
We believe that emergence and complexity are organic structures found throughout nature that we need to embrace in our organizational models – not abandon for linear processes.
One root cause behind many of the prevailing issues in our institutions is a betrayal of life’s inherent intelligence.
For this reason, we leverage a holistic framework for thinking and acting on the future called Natural Foresight®.
Natural Foresight® exposes leaders and organizations to an action-based approach to building futures thinking. This framework includes foresight tools such as environmental scanning, assumption and bias modeling and scenario development, but is organized in an adaptive, resilient and transformative approach that has been successfully implemented in large, multinational firms.
Co-Founder and Creative Director
In 2009, Frank founded Kedge – a global foresight, innovation, and strategic design firm which pioneered TFSX. Throughout his career, Frank has worked as a leadership coach and developer with entrepreneurs, social communities, networking initiatives, and SMEs, helping them in areas such as development, innovation, and networking. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight from Regent University. With a strong background in both business and academic foresight, Frank was the creator and lead instructor of The Futures Institute: Shaping The Future Now at Duke University’s Talent identification Program Institute, teaching students to use Futures Thinking and foresight to develop transformative solutions to grand challenges (2010, 2011). He has worked on Strategic Foresight projects for companies such as Kraft, Mars, Marriott, and The Walt Disney Company. He is a prolific speaker, having delivered presentations to groups and conferences around the globe for over the last 20 years. Frank holds memberships in World Futures Society (WFS) and Association for Professional Futurists (APF).
“Saying we should kill complexity is similar to suggesting that we stop breathing in order to avoid the flu. In this new world of rapid change, we must learn to ‘dance with complexity’ rather than attempting to kill it. The more complex our world, the bigger our canvas becomes on which to paint an unlimited amount of transformational and aspirational ideas.”
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. Before co-founding TFSX, she led the effort to establish the Future Workforce Insights division at the Walt Disney Company, identifying future workforce trends and leveraging foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organization. With membership in organizations such as Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM), Association for Talent Development (ATD), Association for Professional Futurists (APF), and World Futures Society (WFS), Yvette is an experienced and polished speaker, leadership coach, and consultant, addressing large audiences and organizations on topics such as business policy, talent, work, diversity, career management, strategy, innovation, foresight, and Futures Thinking.
“We must make sense, not spreadsheets, and transcend trends to pick up on patterns. Data-driven approaches become a worn and familiar blanky that leaves us vulnerable to threats while blinding us to new opportunities. This means that relying on trend analysis and even big data – a concept that is only in its infancy – will not suffice.”
Head of Human Design and Development
Nicole grows and nurtures the diverse relationships throughout TFSX. With 8+ years of foresight experience, she is a skilled speaker and thought leader in foresight implementation, offering expertise in the tools and processes required for culture change and capacity development. She has previously worked in the higher education sector, specifically in student engagement and course development. Nicole holds a Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication and Diversity Certificates from the University of Central Florida as well as a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida. She is a published author in journals such as Organizational Change Management contributing research on generational perceptions in the workplace and communication rules. Nicole holds membership in the Association for Professional Futurists (APF), National Communication Association (NCA), the Greater Orlando Organization Development Network (GOOD), and EPIC.
“Foresight’s most powerful trait is its ability to transform mindsets. Strategic Foresight builds our confidence in constructing and imprinting on the future. We realize we are equipped to do so by practicing a shared language to navigate toward previously unforeseen possibilities.”
Ashley loves that foresight is a strategic art and science capable of transporting people to entirely new worlds. She is passionate about pulling equitable, sustainable futures to today. Her background is in environmental science and sustainable architecture, so she intentionally weaves in ideas about city infrastructure, nutrition and energy networks, and social justice into her TFSX work. She fosters a spirit of learning, unlearning and relearning among clients and alumni; challenges individuals and groups to dive deep into emerging landscapes of change; and develops multi-faceted visions of the future. When Ashley isn’t developing trend research, future-oriented maps or robust scenarios, you will find her expanding the TFSX knowledge base through the creation of new content, curriculum and capabilities.
“Organizations wonder how to stay relevant in an environment where consumers demand an ethical and moral economy. The answer lies with Strategic Foresight, in our preferred futures.”
Learning & Development Specialist
Angela brings a diverse background in physical sciences and nonprofit/event management, as well as 20+ years of trusted strategic planning, change, and brand management expertise across industries. During her career, she has harnessed her combined superpowers of a future-focused, transformational mindset and well-honed analytical skills to build consensus within teams, move projects forward, and successfully achieve goals. Her deep curiosity blends her passions for science and creativity, allowing her to help clients make continuous improvements by using both qualitative/analytical and creative/intuitive approaches. She finds joy in helping others imagine unseen and alternative possibilities to make better decisions today.
“With foresight, I am more open-minded, hopeful, and optimistic! I see opportunities everywhere I look. I see the future in multiple possible paths, not just in one linear path.”