How it All Started
Future Day was first publicly discussed at the Humanity+ Leadership: MINDS conference on September 15 2011 — in Second Life, an appropriately futuristic location!
The idea was floated by Ben Goertzel and enthusiastically received by Humanity+ Director Howard Bloom, Humanity+ Chair Natasha Vita-More, and a host of others in attendance.
Since then Adam Ford has been rallying for the cause; organising events, developing web presence, networking and encouraging others to take action and make a difference to the future.
The rest is history…
“Isn’t it plain that we ought to have not simply one or two Professors of Foresight but whole Faculties and Departments of Foresight doing all they can to anticipate and prepare …?” – H.G. Wells, 19 November 1932.
This includes you.
With the rise of the information society, sophisticated technologies and a rapidly globalizing economy, human civilization has reached a stage of development that faces not only unprecedented opportunities, but also unprecedented challenges. Leaders have to effectively deal with not just the speed of change but also with complexity, chaos, uncertainty and paradox. The future arises from a constant stream of human actions, decisions, strategies and commitments that have to be made in the present with as much skill, wisdom and foresight possible.
Strategic Foresight is an emerging professional field, and will arguably be a cornerstone of organizational success in the future. Organization equipped with an effective foresight capability will be able to understand, and respond to, the emerging pattern of threats and opportunities, and to use this understanding to both manage risk and capitalize on opportunity. Strategic Foresight is the ability to create high quality forward views and to apply them in organizationally useful ways. These emerging insights can then be applied to help make better strategic decisions and to create wiser policy options.
Foresight thinking and methods can be applied widely in corporations, government, and societies to help better understand the different possible futures that lie ahead, enabling them the opportunity to influence the future and create greater sustainability by finding new directions.