Foresight Futures acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people, Traditional Custodians of the land from which it operates, and all Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
Hello. I’m Maree Conway, based in Melbourne, Australia - if you'd like to know more, you can find have a look at Foresight Futures which tells you more about my current work. I have been a foresight advisor, researcher and sometimes practitioner since 1999 when I first discovered the power of foresight. Foresight in the Present is a content site that publishes my writing on how we can find and use our foresight capacities individually and collectively. Ultimately, I hope to add the writing of other people in the field too - that's a work in progress.
Why this site? In an increasingly busy world where the dominant focus is on the present and where there is often little time to think in deep ways about just how we create our futures in the present, this site and my newsletter give you lots of ideas, hints and knowledge about how we can - individually and collectively - think about futures in more meaningful and considered ways. That is, we can move beyond assuming there is something called ‘the future’, a steady evolution of today. The bad news is that this single future doesn’t exist. The good news is we can explore how to think about futures here - in the multiple - to open our minds to what is possible, not only what is. Helping people to do this is why I started Foresight in the Present.
What You Get
Newsletter: a fortnightly or monthly email with a new post. Not too long, not too short, just enough to hopefully spark some neurons in new ways.
Content: access to public posts on the site.
Foresight Information Sessions: open to all, for free, where anyone can ask questions about foresight and futures - I might not be able to answer them immediately, but I will find the answers for you. Find out more here.
Newsletter: in addition to the fortnightly or monthly email you will also receive an occasional newsletter designed specifically for paid subscribers.
Content: access to all posts on the site, including subscriber-only posts.
Content Archive: access to a wide range of content that I have written and updated over the past 20+ years about finding and using your foresight in practice that is updated regularly.
Special Reports: a stand-alone report on a foresight/futures topic. Usually based on a current issue, but might be exploring issues around using foresight and futures. These will be published when I find a topic I think is useful.
Pre-publication copies of my papers: I'm adding these progressively to the Subscriber Resources page.
Resources: My book (Foresight Infused Strategy: What it is and how to do it), my Strategic Foresight Guides and my other foresight resources, worth around $100 in value - for free. You can download them from the Subscriber Resources page after you have become a paid subscriber.
Online sessions for paid subscribers where we can gather in an open and unstructured space to share what we are reading, watching, listening to, and having conversations about futures and foresight. Topics for discussion are invited.
By subscribing to Foresight in the Present, you can share in an opportunity to understand how and why you think about futures, what your assumptions are and how you can challenge them. You can think about the types of futures we want for those who come after us. I do this work because I know we can think in new ways, find new perspectives on the present (remember, what we see isn’t all there is), and take new actions to create futures in ways that are open, inclusive and participatory - and sustainable over time.
If you are new to foresight or just curious, come join me on this journey to find out what our futures need from us.
You can join as a newsletter subscriber which is free, or as a paid member with a subscription for $10/month or $95/year (AUD).