Strategic Futurists; Value Systems Specialists

FAQ

There are a number of questions we get asked consistently, some of which are listed below.  If you have a specific question by all means contact us via the 'Contact Us' link

 

Q.   What is the difference between 'Foresight' and 'Strategic Foresight'?
A.   Foresight is the ability to think about some time in the future.  Most people have this ability but tend not to think about the future in a deliberate and in-depth way.  Strategic Foresight is a consicous and deliberate approach to attempting to learn about, consider and explore potential future developments, in the light of a specific context and then questioning our assumptions and expectations to see if they are valid and realistic

Q.   What are Human Values?
A.   Human Values are those inherent perspectives of the world that drive our behaviours.  The issue of right and wrong or acceptable behaviour varies considerably depending on which 'Values lens' you are looking through.  Our work with the Human Values approach is informed by training with the National Values Centre in the USA and is based on the Spiral Dynamics model.  We've introduced it to some of the largest corporate and government agencies and smaller firms and NGO's in Australia and beyond.  There's plenty that has been written about the model and its applications and successes are exceptional

Q.   How does your approach to Innovation differ from any others?
A.   Good question - we hold a much higher expectation for innovation than many others who see almost any creative endeavour as 'innovative'.  Whilst connected, we do not believe that creativity and innovation are the same.  Further we help organisations overcome the barriers that prevent them from being more innovative.  But first, you have to know how to find those barriers - that's where we come in!

Q.   How do we contact you?
A.   Glad you asked - via email here or on 613 9445 0289

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If you are interested in developing your skills as a futurist or looking to join an organisation dedicated to exploring the future, you might be interested in Joining the Association of Professional Futurists.  You can find out more about the APF at their website via this link. And if you'd like to talk to me personally about the APF, feel free to send me an email here.  There's also a wikipedia entry for the APF just here

There are other organisations such as the World Future Society which has great general futures articles (link here) and if you're looking for a strong academic feel, then the World Futures Studies Federation might be more your go (link here)

How to Brief Your Futurist.  Before you engage a futurist it can be very useful to have a clear process to enable an effective level of information exchange as you consider your options.  Things to consider are not just the experience of the futurist, but also elements such as process types, methods and tools and the desired outcome of participants to any workshop or process.  This Two Page guide can offer some straight forward guidance to help you when engaging or sounding out a futurist for a possible future project - How to Brief a Futurist


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When it comes to decision making 'Bias' can be friend or foe
Sunday 20 May 2018
McKinsey's interview with Richard Thaler on 'debiasing the corporation' is a really good one. I've spent the best part of two decades trying to help organisations unpack their biases through the use of foresight. I recommend this article to you
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Disaster Ahead for the People of Ipswich
Monday 23 April 2018
As the Ipswich Council has determined that recycling schemes are too expensive and indicates it will end collections, the question is 'what happens next'? If result of the explosion in Tip fees by Councils around Australia is anything to go by, what happens next will not be good
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Using Foresight Thinking to Enhance the Productivity of Nations
Friday 9 March 2018
As Nations look to develop their understanding of Productivity and more effective planning, National Productivity Councils are often the first point of call for Governments looking for ideas. The Asia Productivity Organisation has been running since 1961 helping its member countries develop more effective approaches. I've just spent a week in Tokyo helping a group of them think about the future
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