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Reframing the future


In a world where the rules of the past and our expectations of the future no longer make sense, strategic planning isn't enough to help us engage
with the future in meaningful ways.

We need new frames for thinking and strategic conversations about the future,
not glossy plans.

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Reframing the future


In a world where the rules of the past and our expectations of the future no longer make sense, strategic planning isn't enough to help us engage
with the future in meaningful ways.

We need new frames for thinking and strategic conversations about the future,
not glossy plans.

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Thinking Futures is a foresight practice that  focuses on the cognitive activity of thinking about possible futures. Foresight is an individual and collective capacity that helps us anticipate the future in the present - not in the crystal ball sense that our minds immediately imagine, but in shared, deep and insightful processes that generate quite unique conversations about the future.

Conversations about the future let us grapple with the complexity of change facing our organisations and society. Using foresight cognitively begins with assuming we have multiple futures and that today isn't the future. We accept that we can't be right about the future but we can avoid getting it wrong.


My new site - University Futures - is now live!

Originally established in 2006, University Futures has been in hibernation for some years. I'm doing my PhD on the future for the university now and it feels like it's the right time to bring University Futures back to life.

It's a work in progress and I'll be adding resources as quickly as I can. Do me a favour? Check it out and let me know what you think and what I can provide that will be of most use to you. Thanks!

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About Thinking Futures


My work starts with understanding foresight as a cognitive capacity that must be developed as both an individual and collective capacity if we are to anticipate and face the future in the present.

About Thinking Futures


My work starts with understanding foresight as a cognitive capacity that must be developed as both an individual and collective capacity if we are to anticipate and face the future in the present.

"No matter what your own political perspective may be, our times are marked by a fundamental loss of confidence: in the reliability and impact of economic growth; in the institutions of our interconnected world (and the trust people have in them); and in the apparent ability of government, business, and civil society to respond."

C. Kelly & B. Shepherd, Common Purpose: Realigning Business, Economies and Society, Strategy + Business


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Who I Am

I'm Maree Conway, a foresight practitioner and researcher based in Australia. I was asked to 'do foresight' in 1999 and had to google the term to know what it was. That sent me on a journey I'm still on. Come join me and let's engage with the future together today.

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What I Do

I started Thinking Futures with a focus on strategy development but I now work with people who are keen to explore their own foresight capacity to inform their decision making today. My aim is to build a critical mass of foresight aware people who can strengthen strategic thinking in organisations.

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Why I Do It

Because the future matters. Right now we wait for the future to happen to us, assuming the past & the present are good future indicators. Yet our present systems tell us every day they are struggling & breaking. They need to be re-framed - as a matter of some urgency.

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How I Do It

By putting people back at the centre of thinking about the future. I treat foresight not as a process that stands apart from our minds. The reality is that foresight is generated by our minds. I provide services & resources to help bring people together to identify, use, develop and share their foresight capacity.

My work helps people use their foresight capacities - to see beyond the systems that aren’t working anymore, to think deeply about alternative futures, new assumptions and new questions that will build individual and collaborative foresight capacity ... and sustainable futures for us and the planet.
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Start Now - Download Foresight Resources


Free downloads on foresight approaches

Start Now - Download Foresight Resources


Free downloads on foresight approaches

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Explore the Site


Find our more about foresight and using your foresight capacity today

Explore the Site


Find our more about foresight and using your foresight capacity today

When I founded Thinking Futures in 2007, I committed to share information about foresight, including what I do and how I do it,
and generate free resources and information to help you use foresight in practice.

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More Resources for You

Read the blog, check out my publications and presentations, read the Foresight Primer, download free resources or buy my book. And you can ask a question too.

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My Frame of Reference

Read about how I use integral and foresight to design what I do, my core ideas, and how I keep working on integrating them to help us think about the future.

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More about My Background

Read about my background, about Thinking Futures, about my writing and presentations, what people say about working with me and when I've made it into the news online.