“EDUCATION AND THE FUTURE ARE KINDRED SPIRITS, BOTH ARE ADVENTURES WAITING TO BE EXPLORED”
– Matthew Griffin, CEO and Founder, 311 Institute and World Futures Forum
THE RULES of the game have changed. Disruptive companies and innovations are more prolific now than at any other point in human history, and disruption is only getting faster and more ferocious. As a consequence at the 311 Institute we have re-invented innovation for the modern era and created a radically new framework to help you see, build, and lead the exponential future, and put the power back into your hands.
WE ALL live in increasingly challenging, complex, and disruptive times. Cyber attacks, emerging technologies, geopolitical instability, natural disasters, pandemics, the rising distrust of big tech, governments, and the media, social unrest, and terrorism, occupy more of our attention and more airtime today than ever before. And, needless to say, there have been many recent events that have caught people by surprise. Exponential change requires a new style of leadership …
WHILE THERE is an overlap between Strategic Foresight professionals and Futurists the latter are often seen in public, but not so often in the workplace, and their skill is in being able to discuss the future of almost any topic using an aspirational, evidence based, story driven mindset that draws on personal insights and intuition. As a rule futurists are people who enjoy thinking about and envisioning the future and deep future in a rather generalist, and enjoy spending a good amount of their time consuming, producing, critiquing, and communicating futures related content.
WHILE THERE is an overlap between Futurists and Strategic Foresight professionals the latter are often found less in public and more in the workplace. They are also often specifically paid to perform foresight work for others using a variety of specialty practises and methodologies, and specialise in only one or a few specialised topics. As an ideal strategic foresight professionals use a diverse, but more balanced, set of qualitative and quantitative approaches to foresight than futurists do, and often prefer reason and evidence based approaches first, and story telling and aspirational thinking second.