We often joke that since the pandemic we have not had to advocate for futures thinking to skeptics nearly as strongly as we used to. The disruption proved to be a meaningful shockwave across all disciplines, forcing us all to seriously reevaluate priorities and the antiquated systems that keep us from reaching our higher order potential. Reactionary, short-term, quantitative, and mechanical approaches are ill-equipped to carry humanity into the future, or “what got us here, won’t get us there”. Luckily,…
VUCA—volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous—is an acronym coined by the U.S. military to describe the geo-political environment after the Cold War. Today, business leaders have adopted the term to describe their Monday mornings.
The Current State: Good Intentions, Poor Results Having spent the majority of my career as a finance professional for large, multi-national firms, I know intimately the herculean (and often fruitless) task of strategic and financial planning.
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A failure of imagination is the undoing of many great design strategies. With Strategic Foresight, you scan to identify trends, analyze and identify patterns, create multiple future scenarios, and test strategies against these scenarios and adjust to make them adaptable.
The ideas that have historically guided us — hierarchical structures of society and organizations, top-down governance, segmented industries, intellectual property, personal ownership — are becoming increasingly irrelevant.
President and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership’s Tim Giuliani and Kedge Founder/TFS Co-Founder Frank Spencer discuss how Strategic Foresight is the core to the seven-county region’s Launch to Tomorrow.
In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, we can cling to our vision and mission, but we have no hope of clinging to strategy.
In this vlog, Kedge Principal and The Futures School Co-Founder Yvette Montero Salvatico interviews Joana Lenkova, former Consumer Strategist at The Walt Disney Company and Founder of Futures Forward. They discuss Joana’s time on the futures team at The Walt Disney Company, the evolving field of strategy, and an announcement about The Futures School London!
An excerpt from The Guide to Natural® Foresight Framework: The following case study showcases the value, in terms of practical impact and tangible outcomes, that foresight drives in strategy. Situation A North American Fortune 500 retail chain was launching its first effort to integrate talent management strategies across the enterprise. A team of more than 50 executives was tasked to create a holistic approach to development, recruitment, retention, and compensation. In the process, they quickly realized they also needed a…