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This is a guest post from Neerav Bhatt who attended the Gartner Symposium in Sydney, this post is reproduced with permission:
I had a press pass to the 2010 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo and specifically made time to attend Craig Rispin’s session “How To Think Like a Futurist” as I’d heard he had some thought provoking ideas to share.
He made a lot of good points including his first one which was that futurists need to read lots of science fiction because science fiction helps you understand that life will change, must change. Science fiction suggests how and why it may change in the near and distant future.
Craig explained that:
“Futurists are reverse historians. We try to peer over the horizon so we can make better decisions today. We analyse trends, anticipate significant changes and help people create preferable futures.”
In a world where social, technological, environmental, economic and political change is occurring so fast it is learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
To think like a futurist you need to think:
Global versus local
Long term as well as short
Of multiple Future possibilities rather than predicting one
About Trends not news
Cross industry vs industry specific
About multiple trend drivers not just the economy
About long term vision not short term tactics
Big picture versus micro detail
More details about some of Craig’s publications can be found on Neerav’s site.
Two of my favourite Aussie changemakers, Ross Hill and Edward Harran, announced their fascinating new initiative recently and I thought we should share the news here too. If you’d like to get involved in the Awesome Foundation Australia let Ross know via email .
There are heaps of grants out there asking you to fill in reams of paperwork, tell your life story, sign over all your IP, and then still wanting a chunk of ownership in your project. There is certainly a place for these if you need a big amount of cash – but there are also heaps of awesome little projects in the world that only need a small amount to make them happen. That’s where the Awesome Foundation comes in.
We award $1000 grants every month with absolutely no strings attached, and where the only requirement is that your idea has to be really awesome.
Edward Harran and I are looking for ten people to form the founding board of the Awesome Foundation in Melbourne. Over the next month we are casting a wide net so that in December we can select a really diverse group of ten to award the first grant in January 2011. Each micro-trustee needs to be willing to commit $100 cash each month at an in-person grant review session where each member will play an active role in collectively selecting the awardee, and be willing to find a replacement micro-trustee should you need to back out of the financial obligation.
Please note that the ten micro-trustees need to live in melbourne so they can come to the face to face decision session over dinner, but the grant awardees can live anywhere in the world (including Sydney).
Tony Hollingsworth shared his story of the Black Dog Ride here recently and promised to share his video as soon as it was ready. It’s ready now and his post is reproduced here with permission:
I am so thrilled to be able to share this tonight. My friends ‘Pong and Stil helped me get all my video footage from the Black Dog Ride (over 100 individual video files totalling more than 8GB) ‘Pong then edited a chronological summary of my journey into this 4 minute video.
‘Pong and I first met at the Cupcake Camp fundraising event in 2009. We caught up again at the first Social Innovation Sydney BarCamp in August 2010 where I learnt of ‘Pong’s own personal story about dealing with depressive illness and some of the films he has been making around mental health.