We specialize in deepening the insights underlying good strategy. Re-perception of the strategic environment leads to breakthrough concepts that reframe strategic dilemmas and critical decisions.
State of the Future Reporting
The future presents a constantly changing landscape. Whether for an organization or an industry, the future picture itself needs to be redrawn with each turn in the road.
We track and report on the changing state of the future, ranging from global issues, to the development of science and technology, to the changing basis of competition in an industry. We can focus these issues to creatively reframe strategy or discover opportunities for innovation. We also give keynote presentations, talks, and interviews on the changing shape of the future.
Strategic Change Perception Consulting
Perception of the future – in essence this involves perception of strategic change, focusing on regularities and new invariants in the strategic environment, emerging patterns which can provide the basis for new strategy.
Consulting – we provide strategic change perception consulting to corporate, government, and non-profit clients internationally. Our consulting engagements include working with leaders and decision makers, designing and facilitating strategy re-perception workshops, and conducting in-depth research. We also provide executive education programs on strategic change perception.
Technology Infrastructure Futures
Technology infrastructure systems are the basis of major industries, a primary focus of investment, and the support structures of society. Much of our work is focused on the changing shape and future pattern of large scale systems such as energy supply, transport systems, food production, and information networks.
Our expert perspective on the future of major infrastructure – for example the changing nature of future energy supply – has been developed over the course of many research and consulting projects. We can offer a complementary view on the future of these systems which can help guide policy and investment decisions.
Design and Innovation Analysis
Design is now a principal source of value for products, software interfaces and services. At its best design is not just about visual styling but is a process that seeks integrated solutions to multiple simultaneous criteria running from usability objectives to strategic goals.
Quality analysis of design and innovation involves assessment in the context of the entire user and strategic environment of the product or service. Our experience in the field of design and technology combined with our future-oriented perspective provides a unique basis for multi-faceted appraisal of design performance. This can diagnose hidden flaws that will otherwise undermine consumer acceptance and financial performance.
Human Ecosystems Research
Sustainability is an agenda for change aimed at finding solutions to the major environmental and social challenges in today's global system, which limit its capacity to continue in its current form.
Our research into sustainability is aimed at charting the future shape of society during and after the expected transition beyond the growth stage of industrial modernity. Our work points to the emergence of a new 'planetary operating system' consisting of what we refer to as human ecosystems. We are working to describe in detail how these would operate, as an input to advanced thinking about national, urban and community futures.
Personal Timescape Mapping
Personal futures are shaped by a blend of subjective psychological factors and objective external factors, both existing and anticipated. Our proprietary mapping process displays these factors together, allowing them to be made conscious and better futures planned.
Our process involves mapping your 'star, mountain and chessboard' – allowing you to clarify your objectives, options and goals and to explore the relationships between them. By working with your future hopes and fears, and your ‘future of possibility’, you can open up multiple pathways towards your 'future of desire'. This process can be used for organizations as well as individuals, and can also assist with alignment between individuals and organizations.