Alexandra Whittington is a fellow Futurist that recently participated in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security survey of the future. The survey asked leading global strategists and foresight practitioners around the world to answer burning questions about the biggest drivers of change over the next ten years. Over 160 experts participated in a survey that covered the following:
Potential Russian collapse
New nuclear powers
Conflict over Taiwan
Future American power
Peak carbon emissions
Pandemics and economic crises
Democracy vs. autocracy
Democracy’s dangerous decade
Global security architecture
With foresight — especially in the geopolitical domain — becoming increasingly critical, surveys such as this are a source of signals. Take a look at what 160 experts thought about the topics above.
I had the pleasure of discussing the future of running during the NYC Marathon broadcast. I viewed the question of where that future is heading across three broad categories. First, the running experience — both for the athlete and the spectator. Second, performance, injury avoidance and recovery. Third, the synergies with health and wellness. Scientific and technological advances that help us improve the second category above — like a digital twin of our heart that helps us better understand the impact of running on that organ — will ultimately drive advances in the broader topic of health and wellness. My thanks to New York Road Runners for both the interview opportunity and the permission to post the video below.
I recently participated in a CFO and Board retreat hosted by the Criticaleye peer-to-peer Board Community. I opened the session with a keynote and a Q&A session. Dialog from the session was captured in an article that was recently launched. The key points include:
One of the critical skillsets of a future-facing CFO is an ability to unlearn
Foresight means nothing if it can’t inform strategies
The job of leaders is to envision possible futures
It’s never been more important to take the future seriously in terms of the speed at which its coming towards us
It is encouraging the see the emphasis placed on understanding possible futures. That appreciation was ramping pre-pandemic and has accelerated since.