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Playing With Futures: From Research to Participation

By: Sandjar Kozubaev It’s often the case our clients are interested in doing futures work because of new knowledge or the unconventional ideas that this kind of work can generate. Widening the scope of what’s relevant and impactful is one of the most useful outcomes in futures research that often leads to new visions or opportunities to pursue. But it is also the case that such focus on deep research often sets unrealistic expectations about the novelty of an idea…

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The Future of Learning – TCSG’s Annual Leadership Conference 2018

By Leigh Cook Our Futures team was invited to speak at the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG’s) annual Leadership Conference in Savannah, Georgia in October. We introduced some key concepts on “Thinking Like a Futurist” and discussed how they could be used to imagine the future of learning. It was a three day conference that brings together all the college board members, state leaders and organizations that are invested in the future of enabling thousands of students each year…

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Postcards from the Future

By Sandjar Kozubaev In our futures practice, we are often asked about what it’s like to immerse someone in the future and why it’s important. One of the ways to do that is to use designed artifacts to turn an idea about the future into a lived experience, albeit small and even fragmented. Getting glimpses of the future and experiencing them in a tangible and visceral ways helps the audience suspend disbelief and open themselves up to seeing an issue…

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Futures Explorer: A Gaming Approach to Longer Term Strategy Development

By Eric Boye At Sparks Grove, our Futures practice approaches business challenges with a wide lens, helping clients explore possibilities in a way which aims to push beyond baseline assumptions and industry norms to give clients an entirely new vantage point. Futures research is not an exercise in prediction; it’s based on exploration, signals, and context. We investigate the boundaries of what may be possible through scenarios of the years to come by examining emerging discontinuities, uncovering weak signals, and…

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Meeting at the Intersection of Futures and Design

By Sandjar Kozubaev Over the last few years, the practices of strategic foresight (i.e. thinking about the future) and design (e.g., imagining and creating new products, services and experiences) have been intersecting in new and interesting ways. While decades ago Nobel laureate and multidisciplinary scholar Herbert Simon defined design as being about transforming the current situation into some preferred future, today there is a more concerted effort on the part of many designers and researchers to think critically and creatively…

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