Tagged: futures

Leadership for the long term - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 13, 2015

Long term thinking has never appeared to be a strong point in New Zealand’s public or private sectors. We used to have a Commission for the Future, which produced a range of reports (a list of which is available courtesy of the McGuinness Institute), but it fell out of favour during the Muldoon years. The Commission … Read More

Influential futures reports from the past - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 18, 2014

It was, apparently, “Future Day” on the first of March. I didn’t see that coming, and Google didn’t have a Doodle commemorating it so it can’t be that big a deal yet. The School of International Futures celebrated it, after a fashion, by listing five important futures publications in the last half century. Their criteria were … Read More

Fantasy Futures Feast - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jan 21, 2014

In the spirit of summertime “light” content, where people imagine ideal dinner parties (or voyages to Mars), I’ve drawn up my own futures soiree. It’s not a gathering of all the great and good futurists to come up with a prediction of what the future loos like. Rather it’s a gathering of  knowledgeable and hopefully erudite folk from a range … Read More

An interactive futures table of elements - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 17, 2013

Last year I developed a Futures Periodic Table. Since then I’ve been wondering how to make it interactive, so you can drill down to find more information on each “element” and playing around with combinations. I may have a solution to that now. Last week I was at a presentation given by Paul Duignan about a visualisation tool he … Read More

Dr Seuss, futurist? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 27, 2013

Once you’ve read one mega trend report, you’ve read ’em all. Or so it often seems. This is a point succinctly made by Spencer & Salvatico. They suggest that the popularity of publications on trends is because “… many people believe trends to be the beating heart of futures thinking and foresight.” You can go to town analyzing … Read More

Randomized futuring - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 04, 2013

Now everyone can be a futures expert with this on-line futures buzzword generator, courtesy of Roman Tschäppeler. It generates a three word phrase that you define in your own way. Roman encourages sharing them on his website or via Twitter using the hashtag #RemixDemix. Here are some I generated:   TISSUE FUTURE MANIA – which could be an unexpected … Read More

Thinking Futures Workshop - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Feb 22, 2013

The NZ Futures Trust is running a workshop in Wellington on 6th March. The purpose is to help connect up future thinkers and to help identify how the Futures Trust can better support futures thinking in NZ. The workshop will: • identify gaps in the way futuring works to support New Zealand businesses communities, policy-making and decision-making. Read More

A Futures Periodic Table - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 15, 2012

I’ve been playing around with a graphic to make it easier to keep track of important trends and drivers influencing the future. This Table of Elements is what I have come up with.  It arranges the elements into the basic Futures Framework of Social, Technological, Political, Economic and Environmental trends (or other drivers/influencers of change). I have loaded a PowerPoint … Read More

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