A few years ago now, I gave an interview to people who were developing career resources for people who wanted to be foresighters. I found a copy of my email the other day and thought it would be useful to reproduce on my blog, so here it is (with some editing to keep it current).
What kind of person does it take to succeed in running your own consulting company?
Someone who has a clearly defined vision and purpose for running the business in the first place - without that, you wander all over the place in terms of work, taking what comes.
We need to have this conversation because we need clarity around the work of professional futurists, what we do and how we do it. We need to accept that prediction for long term purposes is passe, unhelpful and a waste of time. We need to work together to create a foundation that welcome all thinkers, that seeks to integrate methods and approaches to provide a more inclusive toolbox to choose from ...
The most important characteristic of professional futurists is that they have an open, curious mind and seek to integrate not reject different ways of thinking about the future. Challenging deeply held and unquestioned assumptions and ideologies is part of the field if you seek to integrate rather than dismiss - and that includes our own.
Because how your future and your organisation's future evolves from the myriad of possible futures out there depends on surfacing your foresight capacity, your cognitive capacity to think in new ways about those futures. That's what I wanted to help people do in 2007 and it's what I do now.
The thinking part is what I kept coming back to when I was thinking about a name. It was because 'thinking' is what you do when you are finding your way through possible 'Futures'. But that's too long for a business name. But I realised why I wanted to call my business Thinking Futures.
Another article popped up in my scanning this morning about how technology is making us dumb. It's an interesting article with some scientific information to justify the argument. It is however, talking about how we use social media rather than technology per se.
Note: how we use social media, how we use technology - not what technology is doing to us. There's a difference. The first infers choice, the second infers being no choice just impact.