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Top 10 Disappearing Futures

This article was first published on 8 August 2013.

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The feature article at the link below titled “Top 10 Disappearing Futures” is taken from the World Future Society’s September-October 2013 magazine.

Link to the World Future Society feature - Top 10 Disappearing Futures

I thought it was worth taking a look at for a handful of reasons.

  • The first is that it asks a very interesting question in the context of disruption. That is, what won’t be around in the next 15 to 20 years? Put differently, what things will disappear in the future? If you’re grappling with questions of strategy and direction for your organisation then these are profoundly important questions. Not only do they lead you to think about the future in a new way, they have the potential to unlock insights that you might not get to if you were just to ask what the future might be like.
  • The second reason for taking a look at this article is that it doesn’t just ask a great question – it also provides plenty of thoughts on the answer. The article covers a range of subject domains and is a great resource for getting you and your team started in thinking about how the world might be different in the not too distant future.
  • The third reason is that a number of the contributions come from exceptional minds – from authors and thought leaders who are well-grounded, understand the mega-trends, and possess vast experience in forming views about where things are headed.
  • The final reason for bringing it to your attention is that it includes a very small contribution from me (see page 38).

(“Top 10 Disappearing Futures” article provided courtesy of the World Future Society, www.wfs.org)

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