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"
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 […]Read more "The horizon scanning zoo"
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 […]Read more "Renewing regional foresight"
Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, is 181 years old and the poems it contains date even further back into history. Despite its age, it contains stories and insights that are relevant even today, even for a future-oriented foresight professional. Here are five things foresight can learn from Kalevala. 1. Metaphors Kalevala contains numerous metaphors […]Read more "5 things foresight can learn from Kalevala"
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 […]Read more "Knowledge creation in foresight"
Last week I was in Brisbane for the ISPIM summit on innovation management in Brisbane. A popular theme throughout the conference was the new emerging way of thinking about businesses, innovation and the economy in general. This new way is reflected in concepts such as digital economy, innovation ecosystem and platform thinking. Looking back to […]Read more "Equality in a collaborative, distributed innovation system"
Twitter is a source of latest commentary and signals on various topics. Whether it is a good or representative source depends on the topic. I recently decided to look into using tweets as a way to understand what the conversation in social media about synthetic biology is and who participates in it. I chose synthetic biology […]Read more "Twitter data mining with Python and Gephi: Case synthetic biology"
Terminator Genisys might at first glance not be the most profound movie ever made. The plot logic is a leap into the absurd (although to the familiar Hollywood absurd), the characters are shallow and the amount of explosions and big guns is overwhelming. In other words a typical and enjoyable “switch off your brains and […]Read more "5 things I learned from Terminator Genisys"
In December 2014, Torsten Slok from Deutsche Bank posted a graph showing how Wall Street economists had been consistently wrong in their forecasts about the 10-year interest rate. While the forecasts shown in the graph may be extreme examples of linear thinking about the futures, many forecasts fall in the same trap of extrapolating or […]Read more "Systems intelligent foresight"