Envisioning a Future as Trusted Strategic Advisors

One hallmark of great professional associations is their work to collaboratively envision and proactively help shape the future of their professions.

I wholeheartedly agree with this first sentence from the foreword of the National Investor Relations Institute Think Tank on the Future of Investor Relations report. Studying drivers of change, the NIRI think tank concluded the profession faces a disruption opportunity to renew and revitalize.

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Intervening to Shape a Better Future than Americans Imagine

Associations that want to lead in shaping the future can glean great insights from a 2019 Pew Research survey asking Americans what they imagine their 2050 future will be.

While optimists have a slight edge in the overall findings, survey respondents project many of today’s fears and concerns onto their expected future. This dissatisfaction points to opportunities where associations can lead by offering pathways to a preferred future

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Future Calls Associations to Social Regeneration

Associations, like schools and educators, are an essential part of our civic infrastructure, and have much to gain from a shared outlook on important drivers of change shaping our future.

The 2018 KnowledgeWorks Future of Learning 5.0 Forecast identifies five change drivers associations should have on their radar especially if they are using the ASAE ForesightWorks research to anticipate the future.

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