Welcome to

The Foresight Guide

(alpha version, three chapters still being written)

Anticipating, Creating, and Managing in the 21st Century


The most comprehensive free intro to general futures thinking and professional foresight practice available anywhere in the world.
Our Aim: To be the best Big Picture Guide to 21st Century Foresight. Championing exponential, evo devo, and evidence-based thinking.

Navigation: Besides Search,  there are four ways to get around the Guide.

1. This Homepage menu, always available at The Foresight Guide at the top of each page.
2. The Chapter menus for each chapter, always available in the Black menu box (above) at the top of each page.
3. The Red ToC menu, in the lower left corner of each page, which shows all other pages without leaving your current page.
4. The Blue Buttons at the bottom of each page, which lead to the previous page, the top of your current page, and the next page.

Comments: Most pages are commentable. We rely on you, dear readers, to continually improve this free public workPlease be insightful, well-worded, and constructive if you wish your comments to be publicly displayed. Email us with private feedback if you prefer. Thank you.

Annotation: Take notes, highlight, and share as you read! We suggest GoogleDocs for notes, DeclaraDiigo, or Hypothes.is for web annotation, and a network like TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook, or Reddit for social sharing.

Chapter 2. Personal Foresight – Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 2: Personal Foresight

Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 7. Acceleration – Guiding Our Extraordinary Future

Chapter 7: Acceleration

Guiding Our Extraordinary Future (In Process)

I. Three Views of Change

CA3: An Optimistic View of Change
VUCAA: A Defensive View of Change
I4S: A Universal View of Change

II. Five Global Goals and Fifteen Trends

Innovation: Our Abundant Future
Intelligence: Our Augmented Future
Interdependence: Our Civil Future
Immunity: Our Protected Future
Sustainability: Our Rebalanced Future

III. Universal Accelerating Change

Great Race to Inner Space: Our Surprising Future
Entropy&Information: We’re Running Down & Up
The Puzzle of Meaning: We Have No Einstein Yet
Trees, Funnels & Landscapes: Intro to Evo Devo
Big Picture Change: Five Scales of Accelerating ED
Transcension Hypothesis: Where Acceleratn Ends?
IDABDAK: Social Response to Accel & Developmnt
We’re On a Runaway Train: Being Accelaware

IV. Evo Devo and Exponential Foresight

Seeing It All: Accel., Diverg, Adapt, Convrg, Decel.
Natural (I4S) Intelligence: The Future of AI
Natural (I4S) Security: Keeping It All Together
Pain to Gain: Kuznets Curves & Catal. Catastrophes
Exponentials Database: Measuring Accelerations
TINA Trends: Societal Evolutionary Development
Managing Change: STEEPCOP Events, Probs, Ideas
A Great Shift: A Survival to a Sentient Economy

V. Evo Devo and Exponential Activism

Building Protopias: Five Goals of Social Progress
Normative Foresight: Ten Values of Society
Top & STEEPCOP Acceleratns: Positive & Negative
Dystopias, Risks, and Failure States
Three Levels of Activism: People, Tech & Universe
A Great Opportunity: Exponential Empowerment

Chapter 8. Your Digital Self – The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

Chapter 8: Your Digital Self

The Human Face of the Coming Singularity (In Process)

In the meantime, you may enjoy
John’s Medium Series on Smart Agents – Your Personal Sim (2016).

I. Understanding Agents, Intelligence & Security

Digital Society: Data, Maps, and Agents
Digital Self: Your Personal Sim
Natural Computing/Intell.: Bio-Inspired AI
Natural Security: Safe Learning Agents
Groupnets and Mediated Reality
The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

II. Agent Protopias & Dystopias in 8 Domains

1. Personal Agents: News, Ent., Education
2. Social Agents: Relat. and Social Justice
3. Political Agents :  Activism & Represent.
4. Economic Agents:  Retail, Finance, Entrep
5. Builder Agents :  Work, Innov. & Science
6. Environ. Agents : Pop. and Sustainability
7. Health Agents :  Health, Wellness, Death
8. Security Agents :  Def., Crime, Corrections

III. Agent Activism & Exponential Empowerment

Next Government: Groupnets, Sims, Democ.
Next Economy: Creat. Destr. & Basic Income
Next Society: Simmortality and Uploading
What Will Your Agent Contribution Be?

Chapter 10. Startup Ideas – Great Product & Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs

Chapter 10: Startup Ideas

Great Product and Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs (In Process)

I. 4U’s Idea Hub Project – Collecting, Sharing, and Refining Your Best Ideas

II. Great Product and Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs

Air Deliveries and Air Taxis
Ballistic Shields
Bioinspiration Wiki (Biomimetics & BID)
Brain Preservation
Competing Governmental Services
Computer Adaptive Continuing Education (CACE)
Conversational Deep Learning Devsuites
Dynaship (Sustainable Cargo Ship)
Electromagnetic Suspension
Epigenetic Health Tests
Fireline Explosives and Ember Drones (Fire Control)
Global English
Inflatable Packaging
Internet of Families
Kidpods (Recycled Toyboxes)
Kidspaces (Daycare)
Less Lethal Weapons
Noise Pollution Reporters
Oceanside Baths
Open Internet Radio
Open Internet Video
Open Source Blood Scanners
Package-Pet Doors and Smart Doorlocks

Personalized Smart Agents (Sims)
Safe Closets (Fire, Earthquake, Assault Proof)
Safer Cars (Self-Driving Later)
Safer Motorcycles (Self-Driving Later)
Safer Private Planes (Self-Driving Later)
Shared Value Insurance
Sleeperbuses and Microhotel Networks
Smog Indoor Air Scrubbers
Social Debaters and Consensusmakers
Social Rankers
Solar Desalinators
Space-Based Solar Power (for Stratellites and Weather Control)
Stratellites (Better than Satellites for Just about Everything)
Touch DNA Home Security
Uplifting (Domestic Species)
View Towers

Chapter 11. Evo Devo Foresight – Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Chapter 11: Evo Devo Foresight

Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Appendix 1. Peer Advice – Building a Successful Foresight Practice

Our Vision:  Humanity is waking up, beginning to realize its incredible exponential promise. By committing to help each other improve our personal, organizational, global, and universal foresight, we build far better futures for ourselves, our teams, and our children, day by day.