A thorny problem for those looking into the future is the issue Unknown Unknowns. The abbreviation – ‘unk-unks’ – has even entered the Oxford English Dictionary.
We would all like to know what lies ahead of us, but the fact is that most predictions are rather inaccurate.
I’ll be completely open with you; there is no sure fire way to predict the future. However I have come to realise that there is a way to peer between the folds of the fabric of time and look ahead.
The starting point came from my good friend Chris Bentley, who writes an excellent blog on strategy. www.thestrategyexchange.co.uk. He pointed me in the direction of William Gibson who made the famous quote that ‘the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed’.
The key thing I’ve realised is that there is a lot of knowledge out there already. People don’t realise the importance of this hidden knowledge. They can unwittingly hoard things that can be a revelation to others.
“So what have you done” I hear you say. Well, one of my key skills is getting people to talk to one another in a structured way. I’m a facilitator.
So I bring together groups of informed people to share what they know and access their secret knowledge. These people are CEO’s and International consultants connected by a curiosity about the future and a desire to do something with this knowledge. It is one of the more valuable things I choose to do with my time.
I’ll share some of this knowledge with you in future posts. In the meantime here is an infographic that gives some of the thinking behind our approach.
Feel free to share with others.