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Preparing for the future


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. Dealing with the complexity of the emergent future needs new ways of thinking and new conversations.

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Preparing for the future


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. Dealing with the complexity of the emergent future needs new ways of thinking and new conversations.

 
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Thinking Futures is a foresight practice that brings people together to have conversations about the future. We surface individual and collective futures agency, engage with the future, and let the new into organisations.

We work together to use the future today to build individual & organisational capacity to be ready for the future, moving beyond reaction and crisis management as the only strategic choices. 

 
 

Who I am

I'm Maree Conway, a foresight practitioner and researcher based in Australia. In 1999, I was asked to 'do foresight' and had to google the term to know what it was. That sent me on a journey I'm still on today. Come join me and let's use the future today.

What I do

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Strategic planning has failed us and keeps us trapped in the present. Our collective challenge is to collaborate on exploring a forward view that embraces the complexity and uncertainty of the future to generate meaningful change today.

Why I do it

Our imperative now is to put the human back into strategy, based on conversations about the future that allow people time to think strategically, to co-create their organisation's future, one they care about, engage with, own and make happen. 

How I do it

By re-connecting people with the future. Conversations about the future helps build the capacity for collaborative futures thinking and to use the future today. I help you explore what you mean by 'the future' so that you can be futures ready.

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About futures ready


Futures ready is the capacity of individuals, groups and organisations to be prepared for the future. It's both an individual mindset and a strategic state for organisations.

About futures ready


Futures ready is the capacity of individuals, groups and organisations to be prepared for the future. It's both an individual mindset and a strategic state for organisations.

Thinking Futures' conversations about the future framework helps you anticipate the future and use the future today as an asset, something to be engaged with, not observed from afar. My work puts people and collaborative processes at its core to create both futures ready mindsets and strategy.

How confident are you about your organisation's purpose in the face of your complex & uncertain environment? Do you assume your organisation will always exist? I help you design conversation spaces to explore new questions about the future, to move you beyond the status-quo.

People thinking collaboratively create the future. Not a plan imposed from on high. Do your people help you create your organisation's future or do you only consult and ask for feedback? I help you design collaborative conversation spaces where people co-create your organisation's future.

Reframing how we use the future in our organisations helps us see there are always multiple possible futures and pathways to those futures, not a preordained future. I help you design conversation spaces to move thinking beyond getting the future right to be ready for whatever future emerges.

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using the site


using the site


When I established Thinking Futures in 2007 one of my primary goals was to design services and share resources about using the future and foresight in practice, to help people and organisations 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 more suggestions about using the site. Read about my core ideas and why being futures ready is important to deal with the complexity of today's world. 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 today in building our individual and collective capacity to be futures ready.