On Thursday, I will be talking about the role of art in foresight at the Arts without borders conference in Helsinki. Here is the summary of my presentation, which is based on the experiences from numerous foresight project I and my colleagues Jouko Myllyoja and Minna Halonen have facilitated. Foresight in general is an approach […]Read more "Disciplined drifting and the art of foresight"
When thinking about futures, the power of nostalgia and distraction should not be underestimated. We are living in a post-factual society, where mastering the art of distraction and appealing to nostalgia is a key advantage. Lying is no problem, as long as you follow one outrageous claim with another, more outrageous one, and back it […]Read more "Foresight for the distracted"
No really, how, in today’s world? This is the question I am faced with over and over again when reading news about Brexit, Erdogan, Trump, etc. While they are attention-grabbing phenomena in their own right, what interests me more is the bigger picture behind them. There is an undercurrent of major transitions sweeping through western […]Read more "How to do foresight?"
It is common to say that the way we work is changing. Megatrends such as globalisation and digitalisation are both offering new opportunities and challenging existing structures around work and employment. Perhaps partly due to the inherent uncertainty, there is much hype and many projects around the future of work. Often the perspective is rather general, […]Read more "Future of work and innovation management"
There is a lot of hype and discussion around platform economy, platform ecosystems and platform thinking, and for good reason. Platform thinking is challenging the current operational environment of companies by providing a new logic of value creation and necessitating new business models. However, since the discussion around platforms is fairly recent and the impacts of […]Read more "Making sense of platform economy"
Last week I attended the EU-SPRI conference ”Exploring new Avenues for Innovation and Research Policies” in Lund. Overall the quality of the presentations was high and there was enough room for discussion. As always with conferences of this type, also in this case there was a lot of things to think about on the way […]Read more "Searching for new avenues for innovation and research policy in Lund"
Future is noisy. There are so many signals of potential future developments that it is hard to hear anything important amidst it. New technologies join the clank of the engine that drives the hype machine. Multiple voices tell the stories and anecdotes about shifts in behaviour, politics and priorities. Facts, ideas and opinions form a […]Read more "Finding whispers in the futures noise"
In a seminar about regional foresight a a few months ago there was a call to break away from a “foresight bubble”. This meant being more aware of the implicit assumptions we foresight experts tend to make, which may not be that clear to others. The latest hype is old news in foresight community, which always tries to […]Read more "Cowardice of foresight"
If teaching foresight and futures thinking would be done through a musical, which songs would it include? What songs are there that either describe an image of a future or illustrate some key thought in futures thinking? Here’s my suggestion. In the year 2525, if man is still alive For an opening song and an […]Read more "Singing the future"
I have been reading the new book by Douglas Rushkoff, which got me thinking about alternative views as to where platform thinking might lead us. The discussion revolves largely around where the next disruption will be or which will be the winning platforms. But perhaps there are other options to think about. Here I list […]Read more "Three options for platform economy"