Four Scenarios for Humanity Based on Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards’ Life

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is known as a rock’n’roll survivor. Unlike mythologized stars like Janis, Jimi, Jim, Kurt and Amy, who all died young, Keith is still with us. And not only that: He’s had an amazingly eventful and crazy life with several near-death experiences. Over the years, sensationalist music journalists, fans and other close observers have speculated on his self-destruction many times, … Continue reading Four Scenarios for Humanity Based on Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards’ Life


  “The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.” ― Banksy   A couple of years … Continue reading Gloss

Nine Metaphors for a Futurist

Initially this post was to be called ‘Dress Code for Futurists’. After spending five years with futurists from over the world, I wanted to find out whether there was a particular way to dress for futurists. Doctors, plumbers, history teachers, clowns and other professions have their own dress code, whether it’s prescribed or not. But I haven’t been able to decode the futurist dress code … Continue reading Nine Metaphors for a Futurist

Some of my issues…

This image came up on Facebook yesterday, with the heading: We can now only watch as West Antarctica’s ice sheets collapse, and a link to an article written by a researcher at  ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Australian National University. And we all reacted in different ways; “Oh my God! This is terrible!!! But I better keep calm and carry on. We will … Continue reading Some of my issues…

The Mystery Train – A new model for thinking about the future

  Some futurists, including me, are obsessed by process. Joseph Voros’ Generic Foresight Process, IDEO’s Design Thinking Process, Otto Scharmer’s Theory U, Graham Wallas’ Creative Process and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey are some, which I have obsessed over in recent years. As you know, a process never describes what reality looks like. Reality is always more complex and messy. The beautiful randomness of  life is … Continue reading The Mystery Train – A new model for thinking about the future

Communicating Complexity

Complex things are hard to communicate. But it’s nevertheless important to do it. Here are some of my reflections on how to communicate futures thinking or foresight – the rather complex field I’m working in. You might find some advice on how to communicate the complexities of your field. The post appeared first at the Association of Professional Futurists Emerging Fellows website. *** Communicating Foresight … Continue reading Communicating Complexity

SEEKING: New metaphors for heroic entrepreneurship

Most futurists like to use models and frameworks to help people make sense of the world. Here follow two metaphors that I use sometimes when I try to communicate foresight. They can also be used for entrepreneurship. The Hero’s Journey   You’ve probably seen Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey from his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This so-called monomyth is an archetypal narrative, which … Continue reading SEEKING: New metaphors for heroic entrepreneurship