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Are you futures READY?


In a world where the rules of the past and our expectations and understanding of the future no longer make sense, we need more than strategic plans to be futures ready. Understanding today's complex change needs new approaches.

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Are you futures READY?


In a world where the rules of the past and our expectations and understanding of the future no longer make sense, we need more than strategic plans to be futures ready. Understanding today's complex change needs new approaches.

welcome to thinking futures

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No one really knows what strategy is anymore, but what is clear is that conventional strategic planning has passed its used by date, with its focus more on process than people. Thinking Futures' unique conversations about the future framework puts people back at the core of strategy development to build capacity to collaboratively prepare for the future - not react to it.

 

Who is this site for?

Anyone working in an organisation who is finding it hard to get change happening. Who has a job doing strategy or change management and wonders why execution is hard. Who knows that the current way of doing things no longer works. Who recognises they need a new way of thinking to deal with today's complexity.  Who knows that the future won't be more of today.

What's here for you?

Information, resources and ideas. Lots of them. You can find out about using foresight in practice, what integral futures is, how you can design and open up conversations about the future in your organisation, buy my book, and tap into a wealth of free resources. Find out more about me. You are very welcome here and I'd love to hear from you at any time.

We are in one of those great historical periods that occur every 200 or 300 years when people don’t understand the world anymore, and the past is not sufficient to explain the future.
— Peter Drucker

Who I AM

Let me introduce myself: Maree Conway, a foresight practitioner and researcher based in Australia. Since 1999, when I was asked to 'do foresight' and had to google the term to know what it was, I have worked with people in almost 60 organisations to help build futures ready strategy and help people face the future, ready to adapt their thinking to take proactive responses to change today.

The challenge for us

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Conventional strategic planning is past its use by date. Leaders telling people to go forth and implement my plan no longer works. Strategy execution often fails and people become cynical. My experience tells me people now want to co-create our organisation's future so it's one they care about, that they will engage with, own, and implement. It's time to put the human back into strategy development.

HOw I help

Thinking Futures' unique conversations about the future approach re-connects people and strategic processes in your organisation. Together we bring people together to have facilitated conversations to co-create organisational futures that identify opportunities and challenges ahead of time. We work with you to ensure your organisation is futures ready, prepared for change not reacting to it.

Strategy is stuck. If you dropped into a boardroom discussion or an executive team meeting, chances are you’d hear a lot of strategic thinking based on ideas and frameworks designed in, and for, a different era.
— Rita Gunther McGrath, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business
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Conversations


Thinking Futures' unique conversations about the future approach puts the human back into strategy development. We work together to re-connect your strategic process and people to co-create futures ready strategy for your organisation, ensuring proactive responses to change today.

Conversations


Thinking Futures' unique conversations about the future approach puts the human back into strategy development. We work together to re-connect your strategic process and people to co-create futures ready strategy for your organisation, ensuring proactive responses to change today.

Thinking about the future happens in our heads. For that thinking to be futures oriented, it has to be shared in conversations about the future, a collaboration to co-create a shared organisational future. It’s the conversations and not a plan that create that future.
— Maree Conway, Thinking Futures

conversations about the future Need THree things

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An Integral Frame

An integral approach to the future integrates people, culture, process and context. It recognises that people create the future in their daily conversations, decisions and actions that are in turn shaped by their mindsets, assumptions and biases. This is the frame helps us re-connect strategic process and people.

A Foresight Lens

A foresight lens enables us to escape the constraints of status-quo thinking and build the knowledge and skills we need to use the future today, to explore it not predict it, to prepare for it, not react to it. Foresight helps us build our futures agency, our ability as individuals and organisations to shape the future.

Conversation Spaces

Re-connecting strategic process and people happens when we create time and spaces for collaborative conversations - where people come together to use their futures agency, explore ideas and assumptions about the future, think in multiples and grapple with the complexity of the emergent future. 

 
Henry Mintzberg’s characterization of strategy as ‘crafted’ ought to be taken as literal, not metaphorical – for strategy is embodied – the product of human hands as well as minds.
— Jeanne Liedtka, Strategy as Experienced, 2011
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curious?


Make sense? Sound useful for you in your context?
Read on ...

curious?


Make sense? Sound useful for you in your context?
Read on ...

You will never achieve futures ready strategy if people in your organisation aren’t first futures ready. A strategy without people at its core is a strategy without a future.
— Maree Conway, Thinking Futures

Explore the site to find out more about how to become futures ready

A primary reason for Thinking Futures in 2007 was to design services and share resources about using the future and foresight in practice, to help people become futures ready. The site is information and resource rich as a result. Explore to see what you can use today in your work and return often to check for updated resources.

If you don't have much time, see suggestions about using the site. Read about my core ideas and why being futures ready is important. If you have some time read too about having conversations about the future. Find out about designing those conversations to build a futures mindset and identify multiple pathways to your organisation's future to inform action today.

Join me in putting the human back into strategy with collaborative conversations about the future. Get in touch when you are ready to move beyond conventional planning to be futures ready.