Chapter 3. Evo Devo Foresight: Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

II. Evo Devo Foresight (Empowerment Foresight)

We have just explored the evo devo universe model, in the domain of universal foresight. Let us now try to apply that model to our foresight work, as best we can in its current state. When we do so we are practicing Evo Devo Foresight. This is the kind of thinking that will put Exponential Foresight in its proper frame, helping us to predict, explore, and manage social and technical processes of acceleration, deceleration, saturation, portals, hierarchies, and new emergences.

We’ve already applied Evo Devo Foresight in several places in the Guide, beginning with the Three P’s (evo devo) model in Chapter 1, and an exploration of Evo Devo Values in Chapter 4. We also examined the Eight Skills, a cyclic (evo devo) framework for applying the Three Ps, in Chapters 4, 7, 9, and 10. In this chapter we introduced the Eight Goals, as a simple way of understanding the variety of goals, values, or drives that evo devo systems seek to balance. In Chapters 2 and 3, in our discussion of adaptive intelligence, we have also considered where evolutionary developmental goals may be seeking to take us, in the very long term.

Let’s briefly review what we’ve learned, and say more about applying this emerging model in personal, organizational, and global practice domains.  What follows will be rather brief. We may expand the next two sections into their own chapters in future versions of the Guide.


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