Find a Futurist

Are you wanting to Find a Futurist for your next conference or Business meeting?  Perhaps you’re after someone to assist you with some strategy setting workshops or to challenge your team with a new way to assess opportunities in your industry sector?  Whatever your need, be it a social comment for a story in the media, an ad campaign for an emerging product or even a talk at a local college, there’s a fair chance we could find someone to fit your needs.  Simply send us an email and we’ll try to assist.

Please include the date of your session, the type of event, what sort of need you have, and the location and we’ll get the ball rolling.  Simply email us using this link Find A Futurist and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Some of our recent engagements include Key Notes for the Australian Computer Society conference in Adelaide; the Queensland Supply Chains and Logistics conference in Brisbane; the Employee Assistance Professionals conference in Melbourne and a raft of organisation conferences around Australia.  We’ve been interviewed for radio and print stories in Cairns, Canberra, Newcastle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and more.

Email us today:  Find A Futurist

Some recent feedback from Marcus Barber’s key note speeches and presentations include:

‘I loved your passion and engagement’

‘Inspirational – I’m definitely going to take the action you recommend’ and

‘I’ve seen plenty of great personal stories told from the stage and it’s the first time a speaker has talked about me (the audience) and encouraged me about my own capabilities, my own journey in such a compelling way – not to copy others, but to back myself. Two weeks on and the office is still buzzing…’

Of course you do get an occasional miss – this one from about two years ago at an IT conference is one that keeps me on my toes:

‘There’s was nothing new or interesting in what he had to say, pathetic really!’

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 96 444 588

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

Marcus Barber’s Media Image File 

Embracing the Hybrid Workspace – are You there yet?

Nov 15, 2023

I flag my bias towards the need for a vastly improved approach to managing staff in the work environments. V A S T L Y improved. I’m still surprised at how clunky, disorganised or naive some senior managers are when it comes to that part of the business that considers ‘people’. And rather than cover…

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Exploring Strategy Development – the Organisational Evolution model

Oct 17, 2023

An interesting public workshop in Perth in the first week of October introducing a varied group to the Organisational Evolution model. The Org-Ev is the model I developed for the start up of The Australian Strategic Planning Institute in conjunction with Steven Bowman. Given the diversity of the group, there were a number of surprises…

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Perth workshop 5th October almost fully booked

Sep 18, 2023

A note for those of you in Perth that there are just 4 spaces left for the Introduction to the Organisational Evolution Model workshop at Adina Apartments in Perth.  The Org Ev model has been designed to enhance Strategic Planning and decision making and this introductory workshop is aimed at those looking to attend the…

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Delving into Heatwave Scenarios

Sep 12, 2023

Later this month I’ll be facilitating a scenario session looking at the potential impact of a long standing heatwave event for the City of Greater Dandenong here in Australia. Heatwaves kill more people than any other weather event. By a long way. Importantly they also have a ‘fat tail’ with physical impairments to individuals often…

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Introduction to the Organisational Evolution Model workshop in Perth

Sep 9, 2023

Looking Up Feeling Good will be running an workshop on the Organisational Evolution Model in Perth. The Org-Ev model has been used by a wide number of agencies across almost all industry sectors, and was originally developed for the Australian Strategic Planning Institute. The workshop is limited to 25 people and will take place at…

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Sponsoring Vic 55 2s Master’s Hockey

Aug 21, 2023

Looking Up Feeling Good are delighted to be associated with the Victorian over 55 2s at the National Masters Championship coming up in Perth in a few month’s time across September and October. We wish all players well

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Why You Need to Read ‘Invisible Women’ Now

Aug 20, 2023

If you’re involved with setting policy, allocating funding, designing products or services and delivering on them, then one book you simply must have read is the absolutely astounding ‘Invisible Women’ by Caroline Criado Perez. What Perez has done with this book is ALL OF THE RESEARCH you need to have available to you when you…

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Preparing for Heat Waves In a World Primed to Cook

Aug 12, 2023

Are we there yet? Have people finally cottoned on to the idea that maybe, things aren’t going so well for the planet and our place in it? Storms, up; floods, up; fires, up; droughts, up; people being displaced by climate events, up.  The signals are all around us. And yet, as a species we struggle…

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Strategic Impact of Long Term Decision Making

Jul 18, 2023

One of the most challenges aspects for owners of businesses, and also for Boards charged with running businesses, is how to allow for the impact of a decision to unfold over time.  Many listed company Boards will be delaying with a CEO on a limited tenure. The Board will have set expectations for performance and…

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Emerging Risks for Australian LGAs

Jun 8, 2023

Local Governments in Australia face an emerging risk space that many seem unaware of. Brought on by rising costs, especially in business premises rentals, compliance needs and registration costs, research we’ve identified as part of work with a Local Government client is indicating a significant increase in businesses popping up in residential areas. What seems…

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