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Are you prepared 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 approaches and new ways of thinking.

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Are you prepared 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 approaches and new ways of thinking.

welcome to thinking futures

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Preparing for the future instead of reacting to it is the most essential strategic organisational capacity today. Thinking Futures is a foresight practice that brings people together to have conversations about the future to build organisational capacity to collaboratively prepare for the future.

 

Who is this site for?

Anyone working in an organisation 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?

Why Keep Reading?

Information, resources and ideas. Lots of them. Find out more about foresight in practice, designing conversations about the future, buy my book and tap into a wealth of free resources. You are very welcome here.

Strategy execution today rarely achieves desired outcomes. People want to co-create our organisation's future, one they care about, engage with, own and make happen. I help people in organisations ensure social relevance and strategic fit.

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. In 1999, I was asked to 'do foresight' and had to google the term to know what it was. 

The challenge for us

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Conventional strategic planning has failed us. People now want to co-create our organisation's future, one they care about, that they will engage with, own, and make happen. 

HOw I help

Thinking Futures' unique conversations about the future approach brings people together to have facilitated conversations to build futures ready thinking and co-create organisational futures.

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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About futures ready


Futures ready is about building a foresight mindset to underpin identifying social purpose and strategic fit for your organisation in the present and future.

About futures ready


Futures ready is about building a foresight mindset to underpin identifying social purpose and strategic fit for your organisation in the present and future.

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

Futures ready strategy starts with identifying what an organisation does - its enduring social purpose that ensures social relevance in, and strategic fit with, its environment. Identifying what an organisation does and that this purpose remains relevant and sustainable into the future is at the core of futures ready strategy and organisations. 

This way of thinking about strategy provides the framework for working out how to achieve that future today, including how to be ready to proactively adapt strategy as the external environment changes. A strategic plan that doesn't lock people into a linear future but serves as an adaptable guide to decision making today is useful here.

Planning creates a plan, not futures ready people and organisations. Reframing how we use the future in our organisations helps us recognise there are multiple possible futures and pathways to those futures. We seek not to predict a future or get the future right in our strategy but to ensure people and organisations are ready for whatever future emerges.

Thinking Futures' conversations about the future framework connects the what and the how, the long term future with short time decisions and action. It puts people and collaborative processes at its core to create both futures ready people and organisations.

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is it time to become futures ready?


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is it time to become futures ready?


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Thinking Futures’ conversations about the future framework connects the what and the how, the long term future with short time decisions and action. It puts people and collaborative processes at its core to create both futures ready people and organisations.
— Maree Conway, Thinking Futures

creatING futures ready people and organisations

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 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 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 building individual and collective capacity to be futures ready. Get in touch when you are ready to become futures ready.