Recently I learned a new term. Foresight.
What could that be? I delved into the explanation and meaning on various continents. The meaning was different in most universities just like cuisine differs in its ingredients.
Then more terms were to follow. Strategic foresight. Technological foresight. Corporate foresight. Alternative Futures. Scenario planning. It felt as if the term “Forecasting”, used for Sales forecasting and also fashion forecasting had been replaced by something bigger and macro in its dimensions.
The focus shifts.
Future of the world is explored in some parts. Future of private corporate enterprise. Future of products. And the future of Future.
Then there were the Futurologists & Futurists.
Futurists or futurologists are scientists and social scientists whose specialty is futurology or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on Earth in general.
and who all does it include?
More generally, the label includes such disparate lay, professional, and academic groups as visionaries, foresight consultants, corporate strategists, policy analysts, cultural critics, planners, marketers, forecasters, prediction market developers, roadmappers, operations researchers, investment managers, actuaries, and other risk analyzers, and future-oriented individuals educated in every academic discipline, including anthropology, complexity studies, computer science, economics, engineering, Urban design, evolutionary biology, history, management, mathematics, philosophy, physical sciences, political science, psychology, sociology, systems theory, technology studies, trend analysis, and other disciplines.
Basically that means………… everyone!
Funny place to be in , the Present.