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Thinking Futures works with you to use strategic foresight in practice.

Using foresight is about developing a view of the future relevant to your organisation's context to inform

strategic decision making today. It's about thinking in new ways about the future.
Thinking Futures' resources and services will demonstrate the practical value of using strategic foresight in your strategy development.

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Latest Thinking

  • The Paradox of the Future 1

The Paradox of the Future 1

  • 21st October 2014

The idea of the future as a paradox has emerged for me from the work of Bob De Wit and Ron Myers in their book Strategy Synthesis: Resolving Strategic Paradoxes […]

  • Foresight and Transformation

Foresight and Transformation

  • 22nd September 2014

I was asked recently about using weak signals and wildcards in work to transform the way a university did learning and teaching. My response was that you can’t transform […]

  • Communicating Foresight

Communicating Foresight

  • 22nd September 2014

A request on the World Future Studies Federation listserv by foresighter Jim Breaux about crafting messages on ‘what is foresight’ got me thinking about the audience for those messages.

One of the […]

  • I think my mind has moved…

I think my mind has moved…

  • 31st August 2014

I’m in Cairns in North Queensland for the annual Tertiary Education Management Conference – about 800 managers are here, so it will be good to catch up with old […]

Services

Using the Generic Foresight Process we work with you to embed strategic foresight into your organisation’s strategy processes – scanning, scenarios and new planning will deepen understanding of change and strategic options.Find out more
We provide webinars and workshops on doing strategic foresight in practice. A new set on-demand courses on building foresight capacity in your organisation is being developed. More details soon.Find our more
We provide free resources for anyone interested in finding out more about foresight including Strategic Futures Guides and the Thinking Futures Insight NewsletterFind out more

Why me?

  • 15 years experience in helping people use foresight in their organisations
  • A primary focus on capacity building and transferring know-how for staff
  • Recognised expertise in environmental scanning, scenario learning, strategic thinking and futures ready strategy
  • Committed to open sharing of knowledge and resources to build organisational foresight capacity
  • Personalised, professional processes and practical outcomes characterise my work

What my clients say

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.