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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.

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Chapter 2. Acceleration – Guiding Our Extraordinary Future

Chapter 2: Acceleration

Guiding Our Extraordinary Future (In Process)

I. Two Big Pictures

VUCAA: A Human View of Change
I4S: A Universal View of Change

II. 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
A Scale-Based View of Change: Five Scales of ED
Trees, Funnels & Landscapes: Evo Devo Foresight
Physical Accel: STEM Compression & The Dev Sing
Virtual Accel: Biomimicry & The Tech Singularity
Densif: Our Greener and Urbaner Nanotech Future
Demat: Our Info-Rich & Intellignt Infotech Future
Substrate Shift: Biology’s Exponentials
Saturated
IDABDAK: Social Response to Accel & Developmnt
We’re On a Runaway Train: Being Accelaware

III. Acceleration Studies and Exponential Foresight

Exponentials Database: Measuring Accelerations
STEEPS: A Better Way to Monitor Change
Societal Convergences and Decelerations
TINA Trends: Societal Evo Devo
A Great Shift: A Survival to a Sentient Economy

IV. Exponential Activism

Three Levels of Activism: Society, Tech & Universe
Protopia: Five E’s (Five Goals) of Social Progress
Evo Devo Foresight: Eight Values of Society
STEEPS Accelerations: Positive and Negative
Dystopias, Risks, and Failure States
A Great Opportunity: Exponential Empowerment

Chapter 3. Evo Devo Foresight – Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Chapter 3: Evo Devo Foresight

Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Chapter 4. Personal Foresight – Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 4: Personal Foresight

Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 10. Your Digital Self – The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

Chapter 10: 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 12. Futureworthy – Ideas for Entrepreneurs

Chapter 12: Futureworthy

Ideas for Entrepreneurs (In Process)

I. Futureworthy – Collecting, Sharing, and Refining Your Best Ideas

II. Great Ideas for Entrepreneurs

Ballistic Shield
Bioinspiration Wiki (Biomimetics & BID)
Brain Preservation
Carcam
Competing Governmental Services
Computer Adaptive Continuing Education (CACE)
Conversational Deep Learning Devsuite
Drones and Droneplanes (Sky Delivery and Sky Taxis)
Dynaship (Sustainable Cargo Ship)
Electromagnetic Suspension
Epigenetic Health Test
Fireline Explosives and Ember Drones (Fire Control)
Gametable
Global English
Groupnet
Inflatable Packaging
Internet of Families
Kidcam
Kidpods (Recycled Toyboxes)
Kidspace (Daycare)
Less Lethal Weapon
Lifetext
Memeshow
Noise Pollution Reporter
Oceanside Bath
Open Internet Radio
Open Internet Video
Open Source Blood Scanner
Package-Pet Door and Smart Doorlock

Personalized Smart Agent (Sim)
Safe Closet (Fire, Earthquake, Assault Proof)
Safer Car (Self-Driving Later)
Safer Motorcycle (Self-Driving Later)
Safer Private Plane (Self-Driving Later)
Shared Value Insurance
Sleeperbus and Microhotel Network
Smog Indoor Air Scrubber
Social Debater and Consensusmaker
Social Ranker
Solar Desalinator
Space-Based Solar Power (for Stratellites and Weather Control)
Stratellites (Better than Satellites for Just about Everything)
Touch DNA Home Security
Uplifting a Domestic Species
View Tower

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 universal, personal, organizational, and global foresight, we build far better futures for ourselves, our teams, and our children, day by day.