Upcoming special issue of the Int. J. of Foresight and Innovation Policy

I’m currently working on a paper for a special issue of the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy that is being put together by a couple of UK-based strategic management scholars on the following topic: “The influence of scenario planning on organisational competitiveness”. The issue is consistent with the increasing focus on empirical assessments … [Read more…]

The future of this blog and issues deserving greater attention in 2015

Over the past few days I’ve been pondering the future of this blog, including whether to continue writing next year. Ultimately, I think a blog can be a useful “clearing house” for half-formed, half-baked and generally in-progress ideas and a useful part of one’s ongoing thinking and reflection processes and for this reason I will … [Read more…]

Why is pessimism about the future all the rage?

Richard Watson, a British “writer, speaker and thinker who helps organisations to think ahead, with a particular focus on strategic foresight” has written an interesting blog post in which he asks “why is pessimism about the future all the rage?”. The post is titled ‘Time to Reclaim the Future‘, similar to Richard Slaughter’s recent think … [Read more…]

On being, and becoming, more of a foresight skeptic

Skeptic: ‘a person who questions or doubts something (such as a claim or statement): a person who often questions or doubts things’ (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Over the past few weeks it’s slowly dawned on me that I’ve become more of a “foresight skeptic”. Although for some time I’ve thought the foresight term (e.g. “foresight practitioner”) is … [Read more…]

A discourse theory perspective on participatory scenario processes

Lately I’ve been grappling with the many potential pitfalls of forward-looking exercises like scenario building processes. In one post, I noted theory that explains the tendency to simply reproduce circulating assumptions and – therefore – produce no significant new insights.  In other posts, I noted the many factors that, in an increasingly complex world, militate … [Read more…]