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Thinking in new ways about the future in new ways is essential to create your organisation’s future today. Moving into a new thinking space allows you to identify new opportunities, address emerging challenges and build  your foresight capacity to respond to change proactively – before it arrives on your doorstep.

Use my site to explore foresight resources, services, guides and capacity building options to learn more about using foresight in your organisation. Get in touch when you think I can help – you will know when the time is right.

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An Interview on Being a Foresighter

A few years ago now, I gave an interview to people who were developing career resources for people who wanted to be foresighters. I found a copy of my email the other day and thought [...]

Making Predictions Better – If That’s Possible

I read an article (How to Make Better Predictions When You Don't Have Enough Data) today about making predictions  and data - the word prediction always attracts me because I don't like it and I like to see [...]

Surfacing the intangible: integrating the doing and thinking of strategy

There are many forms of integral thinking and at their deepest level, these cognitive frames allow us to explore the development of human consciousness. I was introduced to Ken Wilber's Integral Theory when I was [...]

Strategic Foresight, Ideology and Assumptions: Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two part post. Part 1 is here. Quantitative and Qualitative I have to admit up front that I prefer qualitative methodology. My brain can't cope with quantitative methods beyond the basic. I've tried. [...]


The scenarios have been a very important contribution to our strategic planning. We have enjoyed the association with Maree, whose work has been of a very high standard indeed and delivered, under pressure, in a timely manner.
Professor Chris Cocklin, James Cook University
Maree was clearly expert in the scenario planning approach to strategic planning, she was open and honest in her dealings with us and provided excellent reference material and support to questions…The major workshops were under control, planned and managed very well. I admire Maree’s ability to distill data into manageable units and draw order from the chaos.
Michelle Hayward, Kangan Institute
The experience was a very positive experience. One of the issues for any organisation is always that of staff who may not wish to come along for the journey and ours is no different in this respect. All staff participated in the workshop. However their involvement in the scanning process was very patchy and perhaps did not work as well as hoped. Adjustments to the approach were made by Thinking Futures as a result which was great. A number of staff commented on the usefulness of the approach. The outcomes will provide a good stepping stone for moving forward.
A highly positive experience – it was a pleasure to work with a consultant who was always looking to value add what they had promised to deliver.
Maree’s deep knowledge of the University sector and understanding of trends in libraries was particularly useful, including her contribution to the environmental scanning phase. Her facilitation of the process and final presentation of the report was professional and achieved a good outcome that I was looking for.
Maree’s initial presentation on trends was a great talking point – her knowledge about the sector helped get people “on side” very quickly, and as a result discussions were enthusiastic and productive…We received some good feedback from participants – I’d definitely look at getting Maree in again next year to do a longer, more focused workshop.
Scanning Workshop Organiser
Just a note to thank you for a fantastic presentation. I really enjoyed it, it’s really got me thinking…
Dr Maryam Omair, Edith Cowan University
Thanks again for a great, thought provoking presentation.
I really enjoyed your presentation. It was one of the better ones of the conference and was very thought provoking.

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