This post is an extract from my first book: Foresight Infused Strategy - A How-To Guide for Using Foresight in Practice (2016) and describes the start of my foresight journey.
We have to open up our worldviews beyond what we accept as real and true now, accept imagination as a valid source of information, and explore our possible futures more expansively and more deeply. Otherwise, the need for new perspectives, new thinking and new actions will remain out of our reach.
I really don't think that we can begin to use our foresight capacities to surface biases and assumptions in foresight processes until we have found and articulated our own, and know how we use them in different contexts.
The struggle to get foresight accepted begins with individuals, not organisations. With each of us understanding our worldviews that construct our thinking about what is real, how that reality has been constructed, our values, about what knowledge we think is true and what we think is false.
Our futures are not real yet, but we care deeply about them. Well, maybe there are different degrees of caring, but in her recent keynote address at the Dubai Futures Forum, Amy Webb reminded me that this is one of the reasons that draws people to Futures and Foresight work.
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