MESSY FRINGE

The messy fringe is our blogging platform. It is a mixture of vignettes, essays and analysis which we feel is of value.

6 Mistakes I’ve made as a Futures Analyst and the ‘future of futures analysis’

6 Mistakes I’ve made as a Futures Analyst and the ‘future of futures analysis’

I’ve worked as a futures analyst for almost ten years now and six years of that time was spent on the Global Strategic Trends Programme for the UK Ministry of Defence. During this time, futures analysis (or horizon scanning as its sometimes called in the UK) has seen a lot of change and it’s probably [...]

The increasing reality of alternative reality addiction

The increasing reality of alternative reality addiction

Alcoholics anonymous was founded in 1935.

[image from - http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/aa-timeline]

A brilliant timeline charting the rise of the organization and the importance its had in helping alcoholics is on the AA website and it’s a fascinating chronology.

The organization is important for a number of reasons, but perhaps it’s of considerable significance [...]

Stage 5. The Gamer’s apology to their family.

Stage 5. The Gamer’s apology to their family.

This vignette is an apology from a gaming addict to their family; as per stage 5 of the addiction program.

15th April 2017

Jenny,

I am progressing through the program. I’m at stage 5 now, which tells me to make an amends. This feels hard. It is an acknowledgement, a validation that after all [...]

Focus groups, the future and ‘opening up’ the use of experts.

Focus groups, the future and ‘opening up’ the use of experts.

There is a lot of stock invested in the wisdom of experts. There is a strong degree of faith that circulates in many aspects of government that ‘experts’ are the ones to solve problems. And this is often the case – policy makers are busy people, they have to make decisions and stay tuned to [...]

Defining long term thinking.

Defining long term thinking.

As part of developing the taxonomy for our trend hub, I’ve been trying to categorise some of the time scales we think and plan for. For sake of finding a start point to discuss this, I’ve split how we think about time into four simple categories (I appreciate that these will actually feel quite long [...]

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