“Every useful idea about the future should appear to be ridiculous.” That is the second ”Dator’s Law of the Future”, aimed to guide futurists in their work of exploring alternative futures. There is also a caveat: not all ridiculous ideas turn out to be useful. Nonetheless, the message behind this slogan is that the added […]Read more "Let’s get ridiculous"
Preferable futures are often imagined and decided upon by those who will not actually live in them. In other words, the youth are or at least have been often ignored in foresight. Therefore there is a bit of a paternalistic perspective in foresight: the current dominant generation seems to knows what is best for the next […]Read more "From paternalism to cocreation: the youth in foresight"
(This is a follow-up post to ”Participation in foresight – five key questions”) While there is a whole variety of different ways of participating in foresight, I list here three common and in my opinion representative types. They should be seen more as archetypes used in discussion around participation in foresight rather than descriptions of […]Read more "Three common types of participation in foresight"
Increasing participation has been a rising trend in public policy and decision making. It has also been topical in foresight for some time: participation is described as one of the key characteristics in foresight aimed at informing or influencing public policy and decision making as well as in the newest “wave” of corporate foresight. Participation […]Read more "Participation in Foresight – Five key questions"
Once upon a time there were three little piggies of foresight. They jumped around carefree in the present operational environment and all decided to create some futures knowledge. The first pig was a pop futurist and made bold predictions made in shining glass that veiled his assumptions. He promoted them all around the business ecosystems […]Read more "Three little piggies of foresight"
I recently came across a video of a digital maternity package concept. In Finland new parents can choose to receive a free maternity package with baby clothes and other useful items from the government. The new digital maternity package is also aimed at new parents and focuses on collecting all health information from smart devices […]Read more "In technology we trust – humans can tag along"
Climate change, inequality, poverty, financial crisis… The future does not seem too happy or unproblematic. Fred Polak argued in his seminal book “the image of the future” that societies rise and fall with their perceptions of the future. He was concerned already in the seventies that Europe is lacking a compelling image of the future […]Read more "Foresight with Sisu"