Thrilled to Help Announce ASAE ForesightWorks

Signature i has been very busy this summer working with a team of volunteer leaders and futurist colleagues to launch the American Society of Association Executives Foundation’s new foresight program, ASAE ForesightWorks.

This blog post is to make sure you don’t miss any of the great resources and learning experiences now available with many more to come in the next year.

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Shoot the Messenger

Never hire a futurist to be a featured conference speaker if you aren’t prepared to listen to the possibility of alternative futures you might prefer to ignore.

This Washington Post story about the political power of the American Dental Association (ADA) and its strong resistance to alternative models of care reminded me of the presentation that dampened any desire I might have had to earn a living as a public speaker. The year was 2011 and the conference designed for young dentists, so naturally the planners thought they should invite a futurist to talk about the future in which these young professionals would practice. Shooting the messenger does not work.

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Interconnection of Everything

One often surprising insight people new to foresight have is how changes are multidimensional and interconnected. As the strategic landscape opens before their eyes, they find it difficult to focus on one change without seeing two or more others gyrating around it in a confusing reel of uncertainty.

This insight is an accurate awareness of how our world operates.  To sharpen our understanding, we need to look at the related change drivers as well as those that may seem far removed from our field of vision.

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