Jamais Cascio, teacher and lecturer, blogs at www.openthefuture.com and helps people think about how to anticipate the future. His post on Futures Thinking: The Basics over at Fast Company suggests that anyone can learn the basics of a structured future thinking process. Consider the following broad outline:
Futures Thinking – A Process Overview
Asking the Question:
Scanning the World:
Mapping the Possibilities:
Consider the following scenarios:
1. The future is what I expect.
2. The future is better than I expect.
3. The future is worse than I expect.
4. The future is weirder than I expect.
Asking the Next Question:
Thinking it Through: