Centre for Future Studies
Strategic Futures Research & Analysis

Philosophy

How we think about the future


We see the future in terms of:

  • Possibilities
  • Probabilities
  • Certainties

And the impact of future events in terms of:

  • Likelihood of occurrence
  • Timing of occurrence
  • Severity of impact
How we think about the future

Seeing the future in the past and present

The future is determined by:

  • Past events & decisions
  • Current events, situations & trends
  • Ambitions
  • Forces driving change
  • Counter forces barring change
  • Continuities
  • Discontinuities
  • Wildcards

Knowing the future

  • Provides the knowledge for managing change
  • Identifies threats and opportunities
  • Frames possible and probable futures and their implications
  • Informs strategic planning & product development

Research:

  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Delphi studies
  • Horizon scanning
  • Literature searches

Analyses:

  • Quantitative trend analyses
  • Qualitative trend analyses
  • Cross-impact analysis
  • Causal layered analysis
  • Morphological analysis
  • Precursor analysis
  • Scenario development
  • Force field analysis

Forecasting:

  • Trend forecasting
  • Projections

Creating the future

  • Sets the vision for the organisation
  • Defines the preferred future for the organisation
  • Draws roadmaps to that preferred future
  • Determines the strategic agenda

Visioning:

  • Brainstorming/Imagination
  • Creative imagery
  • Synectics (Excursions into the future)
  • Scenario planning
  • Backcasting
  • Roadmapping

Our sectors of experience include:

  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • Financial services
  • Food
  • Healthcare
  • Information communications technologies
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Mobile communications
  • Public services
  • Retailing
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Travel & Tourism

Themes:

The themes we have researched and analysed include:

  • The future of Crime
  • The future of Emigration
  • The future of Families
  • The future of Food
  • The future of Law enforcement
  • The future of Leisure
  • The future of Management
  • The future of Online retailing
  • The future of Resources
  • The future of Risk
  • The future of Society
  • The future of the economy
  • The future of the internet
  • The future of Work