The July-August issue of The Futurist has a nice article entitled “Ten Things to Know about Tomorrow’s Businesses.” (see www.wfs.org) All of the items are individually familiar; yet when they are brought together they give you the opportunity to ponder combinations. For example, “The emergence of China as the World’s Largest Economic Power” is not surprising. Nor is “Energy and Water Shortages.” However, together they can create scenarios ranging from “water wars” to phenomenal new infrastructure innovations.
I was intrigued by the article and tried to write a list of ten forces driving my future. First of all, it was very hard. Second, it was sobering when I thought of some of the combinations. (It’s a good thing that I live within walking distance of essential stores and the library.) Third, it was exciting. (I wonder what it will be like to deliver workshops from my home studio? I hate getting on airplanes.)
Try to create a list of ten things you know about the forces driving your future. Now consider the combinations. Now get ready.