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…]

Reflections on the Australian Federal Election

I have a sore head today, after drinking far too much wine and listening to too much political commentary over the weekend. The result (aside from a headache): the conservative Liberal party (an Australian quirk, that) won government; the other major party (Labor) recorded its lowest primary vote since the 1930s; a record swing against … [Read more…]