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How might we plan for the future if the future is blurry, menacing and unknowable? Using foresight methodology, we can survey the landscape to look for emerging trends. This is one of the fundamentals of futures work. We take a strategic approach to evaluating interesting projects, policies, businesses, products, etc. to identify relevant opportunities or threats. We also consider things that many not at first seem relevant, but that could really throw a wrench into things.
Futurists sometimes build scenarios to help you understand the concept of an uncertain future. These stories can be brought to life with design fiction -- artifacts and experiences that help you to visualize something that doesn't yet exist -- they are prototypes of the future.
Feel the future, don't fear the future.