Published on September 24, 2013
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
Strategic Foresight helps develop the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn with tools that allow us to: • Uncover our personal and organizational blind spots • Broadly scan the external environment to identify risks and opportunities • Make sense of what‘s emerging so we can take action today
Many organizations treat foresight efforts like an app… when it should be their operating system.
Strategic foresight is a discipline but is actually best served as an integrated philosophy. Organizations that intentionally develop a futures culture are primed for market-leading innovation, successful opportunity development, and revenue-generating futures intelligence.
In today’s business environment, a quarterly deadline will always take precedence over thinking about the future. funding, and headcount because leadership struggles to see the connection between the future and today. Projects with long-term planning horizons lose support,
Kedge, LLC How we think about the future directly impacts the decisions we make today.
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WHAT ISTHE ISSUE? THE ‘FACTS’ :: official unquestioned view of reality ::
WHAT ARETHE CAUSES? THE ‘SYSTEMS’ :: social systems/structures informing ‘reality’ ::
Kedge, LLC Benchmarking is so last year….
Culture cannot be copied, benchmarked, or googled but it can be developed.
WHAT ‘TRUTHS’ INFORM THE SYSTEM? THE ‘WORLDVIEW’ :: deeper unconsciously held beliefs ::
THE ‘MYTH & METAPHOR’ :: unconscious emotional narratives about reality :: WHAT STORY DOYOU BELIEVE ABOUT THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE?
CAUSAL LAYEREDANALYSIS Transforming Narratives for Organizational Change START HERE THE ‘FACTS’ :: official unquestioned view of reality :: “Generational warfare” THE ‘SYSTEM’ :: social system/structure informing ‘reality’ :: WHAT ISTHE ISSUE? WHAT ARETHE CAUSES? THE ‘WORLDVIEW’ :: deeper unconsciously held beliefs :: “Capitalism and a puritan work ethic”WHAT STORY DOYOU BELIEVE ABOUT THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE? WHAT ‘TRUTHS’ INFORMTHE SYSTEM? THE ‘MYTH & METAPHOR’ :: unconscious emotional narratives about reality :: “The wisdom of the elders” “Hierarchy, tenure and certification based” 1 2 3 4
A new vision requires a new measurement.
Kedge, LLC Balancing the Future Trends & Emerging Issues Aspirations & Preferred Futures “Here comes the future.” “The future is ahead.”
Kedge, LLC The transformational shift in society and business along with the convergence of emerging technology, social change, and new landscapes of complexity are causing the concept of the socio-historical generation to begin to fade. The “Generation Cohort” Future Generations are giving way to passion-oriented cohorts.
Kedge, LLC While there are still Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Y, and whatever the next generation is being called, the lines are increasingly blurring. In this new world where resilience and flexibility are king, the meshing of social tech and collaborative communities is not only allowing open-source ideas and grass-roots initiatives to thrive, but is rallying individuals from across the generations to activities of like- passions. Generation Cohort
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