Our weekly podcast, On The Brink, was recently ranked among the top 10 futurist podcasts by TAFFD, an organization focused on "providing a transdisciplinary awareness about the future." This made us wonder, what is futurism? What are we doing at SAMC to share with others what’s coming next? And, how do people actually understand the future?
Deciding to delve into this topic further, like many of you we Googled "What is a futurist?" Here's what we found, from futurist.com: "A futurist is someone who studies and researches probabilities for the future empirically or scientifically."
A futurist is also defined as someone who:
- Forecasts the future, using quantitative and qualitative means
- Imagines the future, using primarily intuition and writing skills
- Creates the future, using techniques of planning and consulting
Wow! That's exactly what we do at Simon Associates for our clients: help them accept, prepare for and adapt to change. In other words, see what's coming and get ready for it now, rather than wait for a crisis to hit and be left scrambling. Who knew we were futurists!
We'd like the share the stories of 3 others we've interviewed who are obsessed with the future, see it coming and are excited about what’s next