Anxiety about the Future

Anxiety about the Future

I was interviewed by Chloe Adams, a freelance journalist, about anxiety about the future. The original article didn’t appear but an adapted piece was published today, with some comments from me about the power of multiple futures:

"People talk about ‘the future’ but they don’t really understand what they’re saying," she said. "They think it’s pre-ordained, but it’s not. The future is not one linear progression, there are too many complex factors at play. There are always multiple futures."

The Foresight Switch

The Foresight Switch

I was privileged to be interviewed by Peter Hayward for a new futures/foresight site called FuturePod. It launched today and the podcarts will continue to increase in number of time. My podcast is Number 6.

I talk about my work, my book Foresight Infused Strategy, my PhD on possible futures for the university, my thoughts on artificial intelligence, and my concept of the ‘foresight switch’ - once turned on, you can’t turn it off!

Podcast on the Future of the University

Podcast on the Future of the University

Thanks to Christopher Manfredi for interviewing me for their Some Future Podcast series. I'm not sure I could give them the definitive answers they were looking for, but it was a great conversation.

There's lots of great podcasts about the future at Some Future, so head on over there to listen.

Link to podcast

Interview with Female Futurists Bureau

Interview with Female Futurists Bureau

Thanks to Tracey Fellows from the Female Futurists Bureau for her interview with me about my work - she knows me better than myself I think!

Maree Conway is one of the most thoughtful foresight practitioners around, little wonder she calls her consultancy ‘Thinking Futures'. She describes her work as helping people in organisations re-frame strategic conversations about the future. And I am reminded of that great quote from Pierre Wack: “To operate in an uncertain world people need to be able to re-perceive: to question their assumptions about the way the world works, so that they can see the world more clearly”. And when I read or hear from Maree I always think that she’s encouraging me to change my view of reality. 

Tracey is doing a series of interviews with female futurists; I'm in some great company.

Link to interview