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We regularly publish content including articles, episodes of our Informing Choices Mini-Pod series, curated videos in our Foresight Video Shorts series, and video interviews and presentations which are all geared towards providing insight to the emerging future. Below, you can see the current featured podcast episode, Foresight Video Shorts episode, article, and interview / presentation. Click here for all our articles and media content

 

Featured Informing Choices Mini-Pod Episode: The Future of Fake News with Islay O'Hara

 

In 2019 the BBC said there are two kinds of fake news:

  1. False stories that are deliberately published and distributed, in order to make people believe something untrue or to make people take a particular action. These are deliberate lies that are published online, even though the person writing them knows that they are untrue.
  2. Stories that may have some truth to them but they're not completely accurate. This is because the people writing them - for example, journalists or bloggers - don't check all of the facts before publishing the story.

There might be a third category; where people believe something to be true and share the information within their network, “in case it’s helpful”.

 

Although the idea of “fake news” found momentum with former President Donald Trump, we have seen further damaging and dangerous examples during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fake news can be harmless, annoying, dangerous, or deadly.

 

So with this backdrop, what is the Future of Fake News? To consider this question, I am joined by PR Consultant Islay O'Hara. You can listen to the podcast by clicking below or on the Anchor platform here.

You can learn more about Islay and her work on islayohara.co.ukLinkedIn, and Twitter

 

Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/newspaper-extra-extra-daily-paper-4222970

 

Featured Foresight Video Shorts: Episode 14

 

For this episode of my Foresight Video Shorts, I have a selection of tech ideas from Tech InsiderSo here we are looking at five very different domains; plant-based meat and leather, robotic bricklayers, brain controlled lights, space junk collecting satellites, and sustainably made headphones.   

  1. Ecovative Design is making eco-friendly products like plant-based meat and imitation leather out of mycelium, the root structures of mushrooms. 
  2. Do you want this robotic bricklayer to build your next house? 
  3. These lights are being controlled by brain activity
  4. This satellite will clear the thousands of tons of junk from space
  5. Headphones require a lot of plastic and leather — what if they could be made with more sustainable materials?

Image Source: Hans Braxmeier /  https://pixabay.com/photos/telescope-by-looking-view-122960

 

Featured Article: Leading Change with Foresight for Growth – Integrating Foresight with Change Methodology

 

By Jennifer Bryan and Steve Wells

 

When we implement change programs, how often do we future proof the change by exploring the future? Do the programs we put in place simply seek to change the past and present and how well does that set us up for an increasingly uncertain future characterised by exponential change? We argue for the integration of foresight to human-centric change programs to help enterprise design, create, and implement effective, future focused change that focuses on people.

 

What is the Future and Change Context?

 

The world is increasingly subject to significant change and while the focus is often on the potential implications of exponential technology developments like artificial intelligence, robotics, adaptive manufacturing, augmented and virtual reality for example, political, economic, and social change are also happening at break-neck speed. This range of future forces—together with the current pandemic—act on life, society, and business and add to our personal and organisational sense of complexity and uncertainty.

 

In the past, we have been confident in our predictions about how the external environment is evolving and been able to come to consensus about the way ahead. Increasingly we are far from certain about how the outside world is evolving and are less able to reach consensus about how to proceed. It's this situation that we believe calls for a new focus to leading change in organisations, and that’s not easy. There’s a temptation to always do what we’ve always done. But then we get what we’ve always got; except the reality is that the world moves on and we risk being left behind.

 

Putting People at the Heart of Change

 

Change management is about people but this statement of the obvious too often gets lost in over-complicated methodologies and technology focused approaches to change. Leaders get seduced by the glitter of the gizmo and forget to pay attention to the ordinary every-day needs of the people who will make the technology sing.

 

Typically the people side of change is an after-thought and noticed only once things are not working as planned.

With the current environment especially, a number of questions arise concerning the nature of change and the human face of change. There needs to be a new mind-set to accept and embrace exponential change, to do so with more than an eye on plausible multiple technology-centric futures, and on enabling a more human-centric future.

 

Which Future?

 

Are we building a change programme that takes us toward a single, perhaps preferred future, or to help us prepare for a number of potentially different futures? Building flexibility, agility, and resilience into change programs by exploring plausible scenarios is crucial for the future growth of our enterprises and the wellbeing of employees.

 

Using the ABChange Model in the context of these different future scenarios enables leaders to generate a pathway that includes the people and ensures they are taken along this journey of transition and change.

 

This approach ensures an organisation’s greatest asset is paid proper attention to, whether changes are seen as radical or incremental. It marries the person and the change task together in the different future scenarios.

 

Many leaders find leading people through change intimidating because there are emotions involved, sometimes difficult conversations, and it takes people out of their comfort zones. With the current environment, we have all been very much outside our comfort zones for a whole variety of reasons. However, bringing together two frameworks that enables us to plot a journey towards plausible futures and help inform how we can lead in, and into the future, gives leaders the ability to really focus on the priorities for the business to not just survive but to grow.

 

Questions

  • How do you make sense of the current change context in your enterprise?
  • How do you assess and meet the needs of the people in your organisation subject to change?
  • How much effort do you put into setting change programs for the future rather than the present?
  • How do you integrate futures studies / foresight into your change programs?

 

Image Source: Patricio González / https://pixabay.com/illustrations/man-forest-trees-buildings-horizon-5606892/

 

Featured Webinar: How to Lead with Foresight - Fibres Online Webinar

 

Foresight has become a critical leadership skill in the 21st century.This webinar focuses on how to develop foresight capabilities in your organization. More specifically, in this recording futurist Steve Wells and FIBRES CEO Panu Kause discuss the related leadership and mindset perspectives, posing the questions:

  • Why has foresight become such an essential tool in the modern leader’s toolkit?
  • What is the mindset a leader and an organization should adopt towards foresight?
  • How should foresight be connected with change programs for greater impact?

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