HUMANITARIAN FUTURES

Presentation for:

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
17 March 2020 b.gwynne@incitare-international.com

STRATEGIC FORESIGHT, INSIGHT, COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE, KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND ANTICIPATORY LEADERSHIP

Why Strategic Foresight?

  • 50 years of learning from experience (Club of Rome “Limits to Growth” (1972), Brundtland Report 1987
  • a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous)
    • Transnational issues / the commons no longer “incidental”
    • challenges and opportunities accelerated by climate change and digitalisation
    • Chaos, complexity and systems theory/thinking
  • Publicly stated global consensus: PARADIGM SHIFTS, TRANSFORMATION, BUSINESS UNUSUAL

• End of shelf life for many of our current “institutions”

  • 21st Century tools and techniques for 21st Century problems (increasingly accessible and supported by AI/Big Data
  • For PLANNING (ie actively planning transition strategies for transformation to align current strategies with preferred futures)