Thinking about the future? Find a Futurist in Adelaide

Kristin: This blog of ours tends to be wide-ranging, covering scientific developments, innovation, leadership, arts and a range of things that take our interest. Underpinning our interests are hope and anticipation about the future and alternatives for how the world may develop.

Last year I finished my Masters of Strategic Foresight at Swinburne University. The futures thinking theories and techniques I learnt and developed are critical to the work we do in long-term strategy, science communication and education. We’ve completed  projects on the future of land use in the Northern Territory and the future of the sheep industry. We’ve conducted organisational futures sessions as part of strategic reviews. We’ve embedded futures thinking in science education by considering the social impacts of nanotechnology in the AccessNano resource.

As a member of the Association of Professional Futurists (and perhaps the only professional futurist in Adelaide, South Australia), I am looking for more ways in which we can support others to use futures thinking frameworks to design better futures. We have scheduled keynotes and workshops that touch on emerging technologies and different ways to think about the future. I  will also be lecturing a subject on Foresight and Social Change with the University of Adelaide in Semester 2. And of course we’d be delighted to connect with others looking for a futurist or interested in professional futures thinking and how it might motivate change for government, business, technologies and the communities in which we live.

Comments

  1. Not more and more computer models to go haywire ?!………But wait, how else can we plan ?………And is there a science of “Riskology”……….No doubt there is, and its based on computer modelling……….Back to square one again !………Or, refering to Jennifers latest blog, does it all get back to enlightened guesswork ?

  2. Actually, we don’t tend to use computer modelling in our futures work. This is not to say that computer modelling doesn’t have a place, but it’s not our approach. We challenge assumptions and bring multiple perspectives to think through potential alternatives. Many models are built on the extrapolation of trends that have occurred in the past and a limited number of inputs. These may provide some insight, but we can also gain insight from outliers, provocations and leaps of imagination that point to a future that can be created new.

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