Like you – my inbox is chock-FULL of forecasts and future facing “quick read” articles about all kinds of topics. I gathered a bunch of them together for your perusal. Some are silly – some are serious. Most centrally – I’m thinking about how the sum total of these trends will impact vulnerable people, changes power dynamics, or introduces new issues that will cause unintended consequences.
I think these are more interesting to look at and think about TOGETHER than individually…I think there is more value in them as a collection. Of course predicting the future is impossible…but making sense of what lots of information seems to communicate together becomes a little more interesting. What direction might things move and what suggests this? This is just a sample of what I saw go by this week and I’m thinking about what they might suggest.
Part of what I learned in the forecast training is to look for patterns in information – “signals”- as there likely won’t be flashing arrows saying “future this way…”
Futurists look at trend information (often in much more deeply robust way than the “light” list below – and often going deeper in one particular area) and then facilitate meaningful dialogue to help build group intelligence and insight about what sense might be made of what is happening.
But a quick scan can give you a flavor of the experience. Combinations of possible futures can be interesting to imagine – how will the future of medicine intersect with any one or several of these issues below? See what you think – have fun! Share your thoughts!