Strategic Futurists; Value Systems Specialists

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Innovation & Counter Intuitiveness

Wednesday 24 January 2007

The idea behind Innovation is to create something new, that has yet to be conceived. A lot of the times that requires Counterintuitive thinking and that can be a very difficult challenge because it needs to break the habits in our thinking styles. For me the essence of being a futurist is the essence of innovation, two concepts which cannot be separated.

Here's a few counterintuitive thoughts just to help shift perspectives:

The cure for baldness is to slow down hair growth, not speed it up!

Nappies encourage young children to remain toilet Un-trained for longer (especially at night!)

The key to reduction in water consumption can be clearly tied to the length of your hair!

Email us should you want some more explanation or find out from others that have worked with Marcus Barber in a 'Think Different' session.  There really is method in this counterintuitive approach :-) 


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Societal Strategic Planning
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Sometimes we need ways to assess 'where we are at' as part of our strategy development and planning process. In fact, we may need a good reality check to our thinking to help us remove our blinkers and expose some of our blind spots. Looking outside to other sources of information can be extremely valuable here and this clip is a wonderful example of how an alternative reality can be presented.
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Tackling Bias to improve decision making
Sunday 20 May 2018
McKinsey's interview with Richard Thaler on 'debiasing the corporation' is a really good one. I've spent the best part of two decades trying to help organisations unpack their biases through the use of foresight. I recommend this article to you
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Futures Thinking and the Planning for National Productivity
Friday 9 March 2018
Great week co-facilitating a Strategic Foresight Workshop, and Establishing a Foresight Unit module for the @AsiaProductivityOrganisation here in Tokyo
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