Two questions to turn down the heat and refocus

At the beginning of the week, everything was going great—smiles and laughter. By the end of the day on Thursday, a key collaborator was considering walking away from the project.

With an unmovable and very public deadline approaching, how was this group going to move forward?

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June 1, 2023 Questions Conflict Collaboration

3rd Place Winner: I’m just happy to compete

So happy that my project, Local Foods in 2035, is a winner in the Association of Professional Futurists studen work competition. Congrats to all the winners — even if you aren’t a Cougar.

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April 20, 2023 APF Food

What Stays the Same: Finding emerging issues in human needs

Where the future is intrinsically unpredictable, human needs are relatively and consistent over time. How can we use human needs as a lens for finding emerging issues?

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April 3, 2023 Climate Change Democracy Artificial Intelligence Emerging Issues

How do you draw the shape of time?

We can’t directly experience the future – we can’t observe it and there is no physical evidence to study. Yet we use the future everyday when we brush our teeth to prevent cavities, invest for our retirement, campaign for a cause, or develop a new service or product for the marketplace.

How do we understand this tool that we all use, but none of us can see?

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March 15, 2023 Time 1% Foresight

That Will Never Work

Denette has never built a boat and never sailed one, but one day, he decided to put his life savings into scratch-building a 38’ wooden sailboat and sailing it around the world. He’s not even sure he’ll like sailing, but he’s anxious to find out.”

This story reminds me of one of my first jobs in the arts where it was a joke to say that will never work” about doing anything different than how it was done before. Surprising, because ostensibly we were working to challenge the status quo.

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January 30, 2023 Horizon 3 Transformation Vision

Compass Book Review: Our Shared Storm

Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad, Better,” my review of Andrew Dana Hudson’s new book Our Shared Storm was just published in the September issue of Vouge.

Just kidding. It’s the September issue of Compass, the Association of Professional Futurists’ magazine.

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September 15, 2022 Compass APF Book Review Scenarios