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 support people and organisations to 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.
The emerging future is complex, uncertain and difficult to identify and use today. To engage with the future rather than observe it, you need not today's formulaic strategic planning but rich information that helps you become futures ready, that expands your perceptions about what the future might be, and that opens up your thinking about the future.
It invites you to spend a little time to read and explore. I do know that you might not have a chunk of time to do this so this section gives you some info about what you will and won't find and where to start.
I work hard to make this site accessible to everyone who arrives here, for whatever reason. There is a language of foresight and I use it when it’s important to use it. Otherwise, my aim is to write in language that is clear, concise and accessible. I have a distinct dislike of marketing speak, jargon and gobbledegook - language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms (Oxford Dictionary). Call me out if you find it on the site.
First, What You Won't Find Here
No Hype Here
You won't find marketing hype on my site. Sure, I want you to get in touch so we can work together or spend time reading what I write, but I can't force you to do that. And I'm not going to ply you with free offers or long landing pages to make you think you have to get in touch with me or buy something today or you'll somehow miss out on the next big thing. You will know when you are ready to contact me.
No Quick Fixes Either
The work I do can't be done in an hour or a day. It takes time. It's about first changing how you think about THE future to venture into the realm of possible futures. It’s about challenging how you think. There are no quick fixes, no crystal balls that work, no right answers. My site gives you the information you need to think more deeply about how your organisational futures might emerge.
What You Will Find Here
Oodles of Information
Information, references, resources - all to support you to think more deeply about your possible futures. My aim is to take you below the surface rather than assuming that what you see and hear today is all there is to know about your strategic options. You will find information to help you your organisation become futures ready. Your organisation's futures, not the future someone else has created for you.
A Place to Return To
My hope is that you will make Thinking Futures a primary information source about organisational futures, returning as you need to find out more information about having conversations about the future. Dip in and out, explore, take what you need when you need it. Find information to get started having conversations about the future, and get in touch when you need my help. You will know when the time is right.
If you are frustrated or cynical about how your organisation approaches the future today (think about your planning processes), you will find an alternative way on this site. Read Core Ideas, being Futures Ready and Conversations to get started. These provide the basis for what I write about and what I can work with you on.
Get in touch if you have a question or would like to chat about something. I'm always happy to help if I can.