Burning up brain cells for a piece of work writing, and trying to keep awake. Thankfully, this (not new) piece by Prof Sohail Inayatullah appeals to the processes-side of me – I find many portions fascinating. Having plenty of visuals that describe the approaches and tools help too. I understood more in a 5×6 diagram than in 3 pages of textual explanation; actually began to have full-colour, spatially-proportionate mental images of how group conversations could take place. But that’s just me and my short attention span for technical writing :-p
I’ve always loved a good question, so I really like the six basic futures questions that Prof Sohail highlights (adapted):
- What do you think the future will be like? Why?
- Which future are you afraid of? Do you think you can transform this future to a desired future? Why or why not?
- What are the hidden assumptions of your predicted future?
- What are some alternatives to your predicted or feared future? If you change some of your assumptions, what alternatives emerge?
- What is your preferred future? Which future do you wish to become reality for yourself or your organization?
- And finally, how might you get there? What steps can you take to move in toward your preferred future?
Futures questions are summarized thus: Will; Fear; Hidden Assumptions; Alternative Futures; Preferred Future; and Next Steps. — [Six pillars: futures thinking for transforming]