An Organizational Futurist for Integrating Foresight into Organizations

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Key talking points from my dissertation that explores how an organizational futurist can help integrate foresight into organizations: http://www.andyhinesight.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Hines-Thesis-submission-final.pdf

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An Organizational Futurist for Integrating Foresight into Organizations

  1. 1. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists The Role of An Organizational Futurist in Integrating Foresight into Organizations Andy Hines Principal, Hinesight Program Coordinator, U of Houston Foresight Program
  2. 2. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists What Is an Organizational Futurist? Percent of Assn. of Professional Futurists members classified as “organizational futurists” • 21% of 28 members in 2002 • 17% of 201 non-student members in 2007 • 18% of 197 non-student members in 2010. An organizational futurist is a professional futurist working exclusively inside a single organization Most professional futurists are consulting futurists
  3. 3. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists How Does an Organizational Futurist Spend Their Time?
  4. 4. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists What Types of Foresight Work Does an Organizational Futurist Do?
  5. 5. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists What Tools Does An Organizational Futurist Use? Project Tools Module or Workshop Tools Exercises Environmental Scanning Scenarios Deep Dives Platform Builds & Pipeline Fills Strategic Planning Visioning (Appreciate Inquiry) Causal Layered Analysis Integral Analysis Implications Analysis Strategic Issue ID Opportunity ID Know Your Brain Game Futures Wheel Trend Poker Building Discontinuities Challenging Assumptions
  6. 6. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists How Do Organizations Bring Org Futurists and Foresight “In”?
  7. 7. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists What’s a Good Way for an Org Futurist to Build a Foresight Capability? 1. Trend infrastructure (trends & drivers) 2. Deep Dive on futures topic 3. Scenarios of your industry (with Integral & CLA) Challenges key assumptions 4. Institutionalization New thinking integrated into the organization
  8. 8. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists How Does an Org Futurist Talk about Success?
  9. 9. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists How Can an Org Futurist “Spread the Word”? • Push: Spread the word to new potential clients – Site Visits, Intranet sites, Business TV, Podcasts, Webcasts, Newsletters, Brown- Bag lunches, Futures Rooms , Sample Ideation Workshops • Pull: “Deliver the goods” and create positive “word-of-mouth” – Success breeds success – Craft a one-pager to concisely describe how you do it – Set up appointments with other functions in need of filling their innovation pipeline • Build: Grow your support network – Cultivate communities-of-practice – Developing your own training course
  10. 10. Houston FORESIGHT: Preparing Professional Futurists Contact Info Program Coordinator U of Houston Foresight Principal, Hinesight ahines@uh.edu 832 367 5575 www.andyhinesight.com Andy Hines

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