This book is dedicated to my daughter, Beatrise Smart, born in 2015, right in the middle of this project. Your future is going to make ours look like we were standing still. May all our tomorrows be as bright as yours are today, my darling.
This book demanded four years of love and sweat. Greatest thanks and love go to my amazing wife, Iveta Brigis, who endured many sacrifices while it was written. I am also thankful to my parents, Beatrice Smart and John E. Smart, who encouraged me from my youth to think about the future. Big hugs and thanks to my mother-in-law, Janina Brigis, Beatrise’s loving Nana, who gave us the freedom to finish it. I hope you, dear reader, find it worth the time spent.
At FERN, thanks to FERN Executive Director Susan Fant, who produced our foresight professionals survey, Chapter 12 (Peer Advice), and with her team at U. Alabama, gave FERN a beautiful new website and content management system. Thanks to FERN Co-Founder Garry Golden, who gave us the original idea for the Guide. Thanks to Josh Davis, FERN Publications Director, who wrote the first version of Chapter 1, and the first version of the Adaptive Management model, getting the whole train rolling for us. Thanks to FERN Editorial Director, Zhan Li who helped make the first version of the Guide more readable and useful. Thanks to FERN Research volunteer Anna-Leena Vasamo, without whose work Chapter 11 (Leaders) would not have happened. Thanks to FERN Conference Planner Emily Medley for running FERN’s Foresight Careers conference in Washington, DC, in 2013, which got us thinking hard about the Guide. Thanks to Kellie Hensley for a beautiful early cover, and to Clinteshia Ridgeway for logistical support. Thanks to Dan Sutera for our final cover and for excellent marketing advice. Thanks to Dinara Strikis for our simple and elegant title. Thanks to Alvis Brigis, for great discussions on the social issues of accelerating change, and to Aaron Frank of Singularity University for his insights on universal foresight.
At Foresight U (4U), thanks to my business partner Kevin Russell, for designing the online version of the Guide, and seeing the value of making it free and publicly commentable for all foresight thinkers. Huge thanks to current 4U Editorial Director Alex Teselkin, who has done a fantastic job reading through and rewriting the pre-publication version of the Guide, and greatly improving its relevance and accuracy. We think in an eerily similar way about much of the Guide’s contents, and it’s been deeply valuable for both of us to explore those few areas where we disagree. Thanks to 4U teammates Tyler Gothelf, Cody Marx Bailey, Kaleb Griepp, Quinn Baetz, and Andrae Browne for their hard work developing and launching Foresight U. Thanks to foresight student George Paap his strategy and editing work.
Major thanks to foresight leaders Sean Daken, Maria Andersen, Rohan Roberts, Lara Matossian, Garry Golden, Simon Anderson, Thomas Frey, John Mahaffie, José Cordeiro, Clem Bezold, William Halal, and Jerome Glenn for critical insights and ongoing advice. Thanks to my Evo Devo Universe research group colleagues, in particular Clement Vidal, Georgi Georgiev, and Claudio Flores Martinez for their feedback and encouragement with Chapter 3.
Thanks to Kevin Kelly and Janna Anderson for allowing the option (still unexercised) to reproduce some of their excellent work in our Appendix (not yet online). Thanks to Alvin Toffler for two incredible interviews as well. Alvin was one of my inspirations for entering the foresight field. He passed away just three days before we launched the Guide online. As arguably the 20th century’s greatest futurist, we were going to ask him to write the forward to the 2017 book. His passing conveys an immortal life lesson: Tempus fugit, so Carpe Diem!
All the images in this Guide are reproduced here with author permission, or were found using creative commons and other free-use repositories (Pexels, Pixabay, etc.), Google image search with usage rights labeled for reuse, or are fair use (book covers and logos). Images typically link to their sources.
Heartfelt gratitude to my professional foresight colleagues, who continue to generously provide their feedback, additions, and corrections. Though few of them will endorse everything you find herein, everyone below has offered helpful critiques, in search of common ground.
So far, these talented and dedicated foresight professionals include:
Maria Andersen, Janna Anderson, Simon Anderson, Michael Andregg, Cody Marx Bailey, Clem Bezold, Alisha Bhagat, Peter Bishop, Anne Boysen, Charles Brass, James Breaux, José Cordeiro, Sean Daken, Nikola Danaylov, Emily Empel, Kaat Exterbille, Aaron Frank, Cindy Frewen, Jay Gary, Georgi Georgiev, Jerome Glenn, Tyler Gothelf, Kaleb Griepp, William Halal, Peter Hayward, Andy Hines, Tony Kim, Sandjar Kozubaev, Cadell Last, James H. Lee, Michael Lee, Alex Lightman, Scott Lemon, Alex McManus, John Mahaffie, Claudio Flores Martinez, Raymond Matison, Lara Matossian, Emily Medley, Pero Micic, Ramez Naam, George Paap, Byron Reese, Maureen Rhemann, Rohan Roberts, Kevin Russell, Paul Saffo, Gray Scott, David Stehlik, Dan Sutera, Tim Tyler, Luke van der Laan, Clement Vidal, Cynthia Wagner, Nikki Walker, Verne Wheelwright, Wilson Wong, Lina Yang, and Carrie Zapka.
Finally, thank you dear reader, for caring about foresight and about our amazing world, which gets rapidly better as science and technology continue their incredible acceleration, and as more of us learn the benefits of foresight in our lives and careers every year. We look forward to your feedback on what you liked and didn’t like, so we can keep improving the Guide. Here’s to better futures for us all!