Tag Archives: futures thinking

Futures Thinking in Workforce

Back in July Dr. Lum had the pleasure of once again being on a National Association of Workforce Boards podcast with CEO Ron Painter.  Check it out below.

International Security Scenarios

Earlier this year the World Economic Forum put out a set of three original scenarios forecasting possible futures for the international security landscape.  This was an attempt by WEF to use futures thinking to explore the international security environment in 2030.  I haven’t conducted a count yet, but it feels to me like more and […]

Three Narrative Realms for Machines in Conflict & Security

In a previous post I wrote about starting to view the world in terms of three “ecosystems”: natural, human social, and machine.  This approach should be useful for anyone wanting to think more critically about the future of machines in general and about human-machine interactions in particular. In a similar fashion, one could take a […]

Podcast on What a Futurist is and Their Role with Clients

Just up, a podcast I recorded with the National Association of Workforce Boards at their annual conference this past March.  It turned out quite well, if I do say so myself!

Foresight and Strategy: Disrupting the Powers that Pay

Over the years I’ve had many people ask me why our firm wasn’t doing some cool big picture, long-term, foresight work for [name the issue in obvious need of big picture, long-term help].  My short answer is usually that we’ve never been approached, or that our conversations with leaders in that area have never gone […]

Appreciating Tomorrowland: A Good Movie for Futures Thinking

“You were actually prepared for that?” A great line from what I feel is an underrated – or at least, underappreciated – movie, Disney’s Tomorrowland.  The movie got a Metacritic score of 60 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 50%, yet as a professional futurist the more I watch the film, the more I appreciate […]

The Future of Work vs. Workforce Futures

Probably the most common phrase indicating a prediction of the future begins with, “the future of _____.”  You see this in media headlines, in the titles of talks by “futurists” at conferences, and in the titles of authoritative reports about the future.  When it comes to futures thinking, which is critical thinking about what the […]