Analysing Trends to Deal with Extremes

We all have ideas of how we think the future will pan out. Consciously (or even subconsciously) we all have an idea of not only how we think the future will pan out (the probable future), but we also have ideas of possible and preferable futures. As we have rediscovered recently, things don’t go according to plan. Sometimes extremes happen. But how can you cope with these extremes? In my two blogs I looked at environmenta

Date Posted: March, 27 2017

Some More Thoughts on Environmental Scanning and Extremes

This year’s PurpleBeach Experience is about embracing extremes and last week I mentioned environmental scanning as a way of identifying the extremes within your environment. But how do you do environmental scanning? I’ll explore this in a bit more detail in today’s blog. 1. Environmental Scanning You need to know where you are going to focus your attention on any relevant extremes. But ho

Date Posted: March, 13 2017

Scanning Your Environment to Deal with Extremes

Given the increasingly extreme times we live it, it’s important to try anticipate the future. As regular readers of this blog will know, it’s important not to think about the future as a singular concept but to think about the possible, probable and preferable futures. There are several ways that Future Studies can help you anticipate the future. Each of the tools in the Futures toolkit are centred on the concept of “

Date Posted: March, 7 2017

Embracing Extremes

The theme of this year’s PurpleBeach Experience is about embracing extremes. Last week I blogged about one potential extreme – the rise of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and the impact that it can have on our societies. It is axiomatic to say “everything in moderation” but there have been some interesting developments in science that would suggest that moderation doesn’t lead to interesting sur

Date Posted: February, 28 2017

The Robots are Coming!

Next week, in the run up to this year’s PurpleBeach Experience, PurpleBeach will be hosting a breakfast seminar on artificial intelligence (“AI”) and how companies need to be responding to the complexities, challenges and opportunities that AI brings. This breakfast feeds into the theme for this year’s PurpleBeach Experience which is all about “between extremes”. Certainly when it comes to AI, there

Date Posted: February, 20 2017

Backcasting and Futurecasting to Build Better Ideas of the Future

It was the Spanish philosopher, George Satayana who said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” In a similar vein, Theodore Zeldin, during his conversation with Annemie said the following: “In the future, the best ability will be able to think about the past. Ideas of the future are formed where we store of memories. If you want to improve your ideas of the future, you need to

Date Posted: November, 28 2016

Overcoming the Crisis of Specialisation

I was recently reading a book on the study of comparative politics in Africa (it’s a long story). In the book, the author, Goran Hyden (at page 5) states the following: “The conclusion that political scientists must be ready to draw, therefore, is that the more we know, the less certain we are of making predictions; the more specialised we become, the less relevant we are to the social and politic

Date Posted: November, 22 2016

Connecting with Employees Using Reverse Mentoring and the "Plus, Minus and Equal" Approaches

During Annemie’s conversation with Peter Vogt, Peter highlighted that in workplaces we need to create empathy with people who think differently as well as learn how to recognise people simply as people who come to work without labels. I think this has a lot to do with our egos and the way in which we bring our egos with us to work. But what’s wrong with bring your ego with you to work? The danger, as Peter highlight

Date Posted: November, 7 2016

Moving from "me" to "you" to "us"

Last week I looked at what needs to go into making a good conversation. To briefly recap, Theodore Zeldin, in his conversation with Annemie, mentioned that if you want to know what people think, you will need to engage them individually; and to understand why someone holds a particular view, you will need to know (i) what their opinion on the particular topic is and (ii) what their experiences have been. As I was going through my notes

Date Posted: October, 31 2016

Making Conversation

What makes a good conversation? Starting and sustaining in a meaningful conversation can be a difficult at the best of times, particularly when you’ve just met someone for the first time. As Theodore Zeldin mentioned in his conversation with Annemie, while there are a number of books out there that will help you with the mechanics of conversation, deciding what to talk about is a more selective idea and this involves decision wha

Date Posted: October, 24 2016

Corporations are dead, long live the corporation?

During his conversation with Annemie at this year’s PurpleBeach Experience, Theodore Zeldin raised a couple of points about the structure of work and whether our current systems and structures are suitable for a modern world. More specifically, Theodore Zeldin raised two key points: Young people don’t want what corporations are offering. Rather as a result of education, people are having ideas that we didn&rs

Date Posted: September, 19 2016

Creating a Better Crowd, Community or Network

This year’s PurpleBeach Experience is now just 3 days away. I’m really looking forward to what this year’s speakers have to say about creating crowds, communities and networks as well as how beach goers will: crowdsource a decision in real-time; create a new community; and leave the experience with a new network in place. As I discussed last week, by focusing on creating crowd

Date Posted: April, 25 2016

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