Do futurists predict the future? No, of course not! Especially not in phases of transformation when the old structures are crumbling, the new haven't emerged yet and nothing around us makes sense. But maybe we can understand a bit more if view it through the metaphor of when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly? Living … Continue reading To be a futurist is like being a midwife to imaginal cells
Author: P A Martin Börjesson
Resilience is NOT just about bouncing back
When we think of resilience, we often think of bouncing back from a difficult situation. But in today's fast-paced and ever-changing world, resilience isn't just about bouncing back. It's about understanding and adapting to the changes that occur in different levels of scale and time, and even potentially transforming into a different being in order … Continue reading Resilience is NOT just about bouncing back
Navigating Change: The Panarchy Adaptive Cycle and the Life Cycle of Societies
Have you ever wondered why some companies or countries seem to be thriving while others are struggling? Well, there's a framework that can help explain it all - it's called the panarchy adaptive cycle. And the best part? We can use an organic metaphor to make it easy to understand. The panarchy adaptive cycle was … Continue reading Navigating Change: The Panarchy Adaptive Cycle and the Life Cycle of Societies
Book circle instead of scenario planning?
How much I promote scenario planning as a crucial tool for organizations I can't ignore the fact that an effective scenario planning process requires both skills, time, effort, and an organization open to higher level of thinking. Are there alternatives to discuss uncertainties and open a manager's mind? Could we do that by e. g … Continue reading Book circle instead of scenario planning?
The new economy is intangible
In the 90:s we talked a lot about "The New Economy", an economy based on innovation, ideas and software rather than factories and mass production. With the burst of the IT-bubble that discussion ended abruptly and the expression "The New Economy" died over night. The problem we have when we think about the future is … Continue reading The new economy is intangible
Does technical development turn everything into politics?
When we have been so enormously successful in analyzing the virus and developing a vaccine during 2020, why do we still struggle with the pandemic? The answer is politics and our current social organization. In the FT article Lessons from a year of Covid Yuval Harari argues that the increased technical capabilities to master … Continue reading Does technical development turn everything into politics?
The importance of positive post corona scenarios
We are now living through an era of fundamental uncertainty. People are dying and it is a major test of our society’s structures. Some of them might even break badly. Maybe some of them have already. In this uncertain and scary time, the vast majority of post corona articles are of course focused on risks. … Continue reading The importance of positive post corona scenarios
Quick course in mapping Coronavirus consequences using Futures Wheel
In order to meet a complex crisis you need to forecast the second, third or even fourth order consequences. The Futures Wheel is a tool for doing exactly that.
Are we now approaching THE global reset?
In the West we have for some time been aware that we live in a world of unsustainable growth and excessive consumption. When the resources are limited it will come to a point where it stresses the whole system. And we don’t have to be rocket scientists to see that the systems around us are … Continue reading Are we now approaching THE global reset?
Futures Wheel analyzing COVID-19 consequences
OK, now we are in a situation we have been talking about in our speeches and scenario projects for decades. A virus by the name of COVID-19 (a version of a Coronavirus) is spreading and is threatening to turn into a pandemic. And it really seems to shake up the system. The problem for me … Continue reading Futures Wheel analyzing COVID-19 consequences