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In the year 2000, the Agricultural Research Business Unit (ARBU) of the Swiss Federal Office of Agriculture (FOA) decided to carry out a foresight process. Foresight means taking a systematic look at the future in order to be able to draw conclusions about actions taken or not taken in the...
This paper is intended to provide a guidebook for organizational futurists in building a foresight function inside today’s organizations by suggesting ten questions that ought to be answered. It addresses how to start from a blank page, but can also offer help to those who have already...
Why is foresight research often unable to create foresight actions? This paper explores whether an individual’s psychological development could be a factor. It employs the work of Jane Loevinger as a basis for exploring this hypothesis. It also examines the findings of the Global Lookout Panel...
One way to think about the future challenges is to make benchmarking analysis, where other micro or macro level organisations are compared in relation to own activities and systems. This article includes benchmarking of all the EU‐15 countries. Authors report top 15 lists of various indicators....
The idea behind the invisible hand is that when market participants pursue their own self‐interest constrained by sympathy for man and economic rivalry they satisfy the needs of others more effectually than if they intentionally tried to satisfy those needs. This pursuit of self‐interest...
Based on the experience of transport policy and scenario planning in South‐East Queensland, this essay explores the alternative futures of transport. It does so by first exploring the weight of lock‐ins that make creating new futures nearly impossible. Next, the ways that the future can be...
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