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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 approaches and new ways of thinking.

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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 approaches and new ways of thinking.

 
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Thinking Futures is a foresight practice that brings people together to have conversations about the future that inform action today. I work with you to build individual and organisational capacity to prepare for the future. 

Read an interview with me about my work by Tracey Fellows, Female Futures Bureau.

 
 

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.

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Conventional strategic planning has failed us and keeps us trapped in the present. Our collective challenge is to work together to collaboratively create a forward view that embraces the complexity and uncertainty of the future.

We have moved beyond strategic planning. Our imperative now is to allow people to co-create their organisation's future, one they care about, engage with, own and make happen. I help you do this.

My conversations about the future approach lets people  have collaborative conversations to build futures ready thinking and co-create organisational futures. I help you prepare for the future.

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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 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.

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 the aim.

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