Chapter 1. Introduction – Our Emerging Foresight Field

III. The State of the Field

In this section we return to an overview of the field of professional foresight. We begin with a popular myth, then acknowledge an open secret, and offer a more specific definition of professional foresight. Then we introduce an Eight Skills model of adaptive foresight – foresight integrated with action. Adaptive foresight is the main practice model we’ll use throughout this Guide. Next we survey the current size and self-descriptions of our field, and some of its training opportunities. We end with a survey of foresight’s primary associations and twenty of its specialty associations.

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