Is your organization ready for the future? Try out this method!

How often do you think about the future in your organization, and perhaps more importantly, what does it mean for you? For example, how will AI come to shape the way you interact with your customers, or how different societal movements influence your access to new recruits?

Whether or not those questions are relevant to your organization, one thing is certain: things won’t be the same in the future, which is why it is crucial for any kind of organization to shape the future instead of solely being shaped by it. But transitioning from understanding the importance of future to actually doing something to reach that goal, which is why we at IDBM have been working on a tool that should help you in envisioning different futures.

I first got to know this method, the scanning method, when I was working in The University of Tokyo’s i.school unit, and originally it was devised some time in the 1960s in Stanford Research Institute (nowadays SRI International). Together with The Next Era initiative we further developed the concept, and the instructional video below gives you an idea on how to use the cards.

And if you’d like to get your hands on the cards used in the video, you can download them here.

The deck is ready to be printed, and the included instructions ensure that you can start using the cards immediately.

At the moment we are working on making the experience even more relevant to your organization by thinking how to ensure the ideas that are created by using this method are actually implementable right away. If you’d like to work with us on this challenge, do let me know! And if you have tried the cards already, join the discussion by having your say in the comment field below 🙂

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