Strategic Futurists; Value Systems Specialists

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From Foresight Foreplay to Corporate Consummation

Wednesday 14 November 2007

At the AustForesight 2007 Conference, Strategic Futurist Marcus Barber and fellow Futurist Steve Tighe presented their take on what is required to enable futurists to be seen as more relevant to the Corporate world. Drawing on their shared experience as facilitator and client, they detailed the journey of foresight and futures across the past 50 years and posed the question 'where's Wally? - why is it that of the three children put up for adoption in the 1950's: 'Strategy'; 'Marketing'; and 'Foresight', foresight remains the 'ugly sibling'? Their presentation

'From Foresight Foreplay to Corporate Consummation' borrowed well known book titles and showed what it means for foresight practitioners to become more relevant and more in demand from the corporate world.  In essence futurists were encouraged to less thinking about the future and less talking about the future and put themselves in a position to be thumped, bumped and jumped' by their clients.  A copy of their presentation can be found here


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