This this episode of the Futures Intelligent Leadership Flowcast I am joined by Furturists Sohail Inayatullah, and Elina Hiltunen.
About Sohail Inayatullah
Is the current Chair in Futures Studies at UNESCO and USIM. He is a Professor at Tamkang University In Taiwan and The University of Melbourne in Australia. He is passionate about helping individuals and organizations develop their alternative and preferred futures. He completed his PhD at the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii.
About Elina Hiltunen
Elina Hiltunen is the Futurist and CEO at What’s Next Consulting. She has an extensive experience in anticipating and innovating futures. Elina has writer11 books, including, "Foresight and Innovation: How Companies are Coping with the Future” and a children's book about computational thinking. Elina received here Doctor of Science in Future Studies and Organizational Learning from Aalto University In Helsinkin Finland
About This Episode
I met Sohail for the first time a couple years ago during his once a year trip to Hawaii. And found him to be very insightful with a unique perspective on futures and change. Interestingly, 10 years ago Sohail was one of Elina’s thesis advisors. By random chance they meet again on the flowcast.
Both Sohail and Elina have been in the Professional foresight field for many years. What I really liked about this dialogue was the contrast between Sohail’s discussion around the power of individual metaphors and Elina’s interest in collective or crowd sourced foresight. As you will see in the dialogue we need to integrate both into a coherent whole to understand the future.
In this dialogue we discuss the importance of slowing down to speed up, mindfulness and foresight, crowdsourced foresight, the power of metaphor for inspiring change, The importance of discovering the cognitive diverse of weak signals, why foresight is useless without the power to act on it, how to look at mega trends, Why anticipation = Facts + Fantasy, and how changing the end of an old story changes the future.
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