Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn't, and What's Next
Praise for Think Like a Futurist
"Put down your Magic 8 Ball and pick up Think Like a Futurist. In its prescient pages you'll discover how to short circuit the habits that blind us to future trends, how to break through the walls of resistance to change, and how to find the tools you'll need to face the future with confidence." --Daniel H. Pink Author, Drive and A Whole New Mind
"At last! A book that brings a practical and disciplined approach to creativity and future thinking that can be immediately applied." --David Kuehler Founder, The Clay Street Project at Procter & Gamble
"Futurism isn't just a profession for an elite few, but a way of thinking that the fast pace of twenty-first century life requires for many of us. Cecily Sommers teaches us what we should have learned in business school or kindergarten--how to apply futures thinking to the challenges of daily life and enterprise." --Howard Rheingold Author, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online
"Demonstrating a rare blend of heart, foresight, and leadership, Cecily Sommers makes her mark with Think Like a Futurist." --Andrew Zolli Curator, Pop!Tech; author, Resilience
From the Publisher:
Push past resistance to discover and own new business territories
"Think Like a Futurist" shows how to track changes, explore questions, and engage in new thinking that connects today's pressures with tomorrow's realities. Cecily Sommers shows how to apply long-term focus and strategies to needs as diverse as industry forecasts, innovation challenges, leadership development, or future-proofing a brand. By understanding intersecting potentials that one day may impact your organization, you can readily spot emerging trends and market shifts, uncovering opportunities on the horizon.
"Think Like a Futurist" explores such questions as: Where will new markets emerge over the next 5-10-25 years? What will be the big issues of the day? How will lifestyle, social mores, and policy adapt? And what role do we play in that future?
Offers a clear framework for thinking like a futurist, and direction for how to integrate it in high-pressure corporate environments
Explains how the social, economic, and environmental crises of our time spring from just four constant and predictable forces
Reveals the three dramatic disruptions on the horizon that should be a part of every strategic conversation
Written by Cecily Sommers the Founder and President of The Push Institute, a non-profit think tank that tracks significant global trends and their implications for business, government, and non-profit.
Filled with tools and models for a new world, this book should be required reading for strategists and innovators across disciplines.
"In "Think Like a" "Futurist"... [Cecily Sommers] raises questions and points out realities that anyone fascinated with the future of the global economy should be following." --Adam Belz, "The Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
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