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Our Strategic Forum is based on the principle of creating a memory of the future. We believe that the recognition of early signs of change begin with anecdote and is only sometime thereafter confirmed by hard data. These anecdotes are visible in the daily conversations (reports in the newspapers) where various stakeholders articulate their views of the current reality, the future, their plans, visions and strategic intents. By monitoring these conversations, reported as daily events, and interpreting them in a scenario context, the emergence of underlying themes or patterns of change can be identified. These are the lessons from the future that provide the early signs of change, long before they are confirmed in the data. Scenario learning is an on-going process - not an individual event. As stated by Charles M. Perrotet (Learning from the future: 2000) “. . . if you use scenarios, you will never read the newspaper the same way again."