On March 4th 2014, an exciting new book on working with scenarios was launched by Amsterdam University Press: The essence of scenarios: learning from the shell experience by authors Angela Wilkinson and Roland Kupers. Both authors have an impressive history on working with scenarios inside and outside the Shell company and through their book provide us with an insiders view on the roll of scenarios and the famous scenario team in Shell from the early 1960’s up till now. The book gives us an insight in the development and fine-tuning of the ‘gentle art’ of scenario planning in Shell and is basically a unique case study with educational insights for both beginners and more experienced foresight experts.
I’ve always loved ideas and I think it stems from the fact that I’ve had so many to choose from. But it wasn’t about the sheer number of ideas I got to play with. Rather it was finding that one truly remarkable gem, the golden epiphany, hiding in amongst the others.
Step into the living room of the future and what will you see? Many people start dreaming of technology. The internet of things that connects all the products in the house. Screens that make you communicate and be involved in all kinds of experiences, whether it be gaming, shopping, or meditating. But in essence, our living room is the place we call home. It is where we can be ourselves, where we gather the stuff that we want to have closest to us. We choose materials and items that reflect who we are. The question is now, what will make us feel at home in thirty years from now? With all the advantages of future technology, what are the things that are most important to us in our private space?
We've got a lot of exciting events lined up for this summer's upcoming conference, and more in the works. Here are a few of the many wonderful opportunites you'll find in Orlando.
This Saturday, March 1, futurists around the world will be engaging with each other and their communities in conversations and activities focused on finding ways to build a better tomorrow.
The work of strategy experts should ideally be focused on analytic, conceptual thinking, before stepping into operational planning. But often, the pressure to present a hands-on and actionable plan stands in the way of studying situations from a wider angle. However, this is not a plea for a free ticket on contemplation and philosophic navel staring. Instead, be like a designer. Start with experimentation to help you understand the business context, the users and cultural setting. Make strategy development an iterative experiment. Use prototypes and mockups to learn playfully along the way. Then you’ll build things that have relevance, on a personal and cultural level, both at the present moment and in the future.
February 12, 2014 - Named after the fossil human ancestor Lucy discovered in Ethiopia a few decades ago, IBM is taking on Africa's greatest challenges using Watson, the computer the company created to beat all challengers
Learning from Our Mistakes
Things don’t always work out as we hope or plan. Take the Information Revolution, for example. When the Internet was rolled out, that Information Superhighway was supposed to open a global supermarket where everyone could sell more stuff to everyone else. We would all become more knowledgeable, thanks to free, open Web-based encyclopedias and resources, and we could all become famous authors without hassling with picky editors and publishers.
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