Cowardice of foresight

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 […]

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Singing the future

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 […]

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Three options for platform economy

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 […]

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The horizon scanning zoo

What better place to go and see the future than the horizon scanning zoo! Here you can see all the magnificent beasts, which tell their story of the futures. Just follow this field guide and enjoy the (fore)sights! Black swans Near the entrance, in the most popular spot, are the black swans, swimming unexpectedly in […]

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Renewing regional foresight

Last week I participated to a seminar on regional foresight at Tampere. During the seminar my view that Finland has a great foresight tradition was enhanced. However, at the same time there seemed to be a concern of being stuck regarding the impact of foresight, applying futures knowledge and supporting decision making. Here are three key take-away […]

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Uusia tuulia alueelliseen ennakointiin

Osallistuin viime viikolla alue-ennakoijien seminaariin Tampereella. Parin päivän aikana minulle vahvistui kuva siitä, että Suomessa on edelleen erinomainen ennakointiperinne. Samaan aikaan tuntui kuitenkin toistuvan huoli siitä, että olemme ikään kuin jumissa ennakoinnin vaikuttavuuden, tulevaisuutta koskevan tiedon hyödyntämisen ja päätöksenteon tukemisen suhteen. Tässä kolme keskeistä viestiä, jotka itse nappasin seminaarista. 1. Ennakoinnin on uudistuttava Maailma on […]

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Mitä ennakointi voi oppia Kalevalasta?

Suomen kansalliseepos on 181 vuotta vanha ja sen sisältämät runot vielä runsaasti vanhempia. Iästään huolimatta se sisältää runsaasti edelleen ajankohtaisia tarinoita ja oppeja, joihin viitataan edelleen. Mutta mitä annettavaa sillä on tulevaisuuden ennakointiin?  Tässä viisi asiaa, jotka hyödyttävät sekä ennakoinnin prosessia, että vaihtoehtoisten tulevaisuuskuvien sisältöä. 1. Kielikuvat Kalevala tarjoaa runsaasti kielikuvia vaihtoehtoisten tulevaisuuksien kuvailemiseksi. Lauletaanko meidät […]

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Knowledge creation in foresight

This post is based on the Lectio Praecursoria I gave at the public examination of my dissertation 22.1.2016. People have been fascinated about future since the dawn of civilisation. In a hope to know what will happen, people have turned to different fortune tellers or oracles, who have claimed to know the future, but have […]

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