Thinking about the Future at Build Peace 2015 (by Tessa Finlev)

The future, and in particular our orientation to the future, has big implications for the things we do today. Futures thinking is a growing discipline for thinking systematically about possible futures so that we can make better decisions today, take advantage of future opportunities, manage future challenges before they become a crisis, and begin building the future we all want, today.

Before diving into futures thinking it’s helpful to understand how you and the people you are working with feel about the future. Is the world naturally moving in a positive or negative direction? Are you able to influence the future, and build the world you want? Asking these questions helps reveal individual and group assumptions about the process of change, and the kinds of solutions or processes that will be most effective.

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