Overview of "Futurizing"
Ian Wilson

A broad treatment of what a "futures-thinking/acting" organization entails in terms of culture, capabilities and techniques



Developing the Early Warning System
James Morrison

This section uses a small group exercise (the Nominal Group Process) where participants take the role of a simulated organization’s senior executives charged with establishing an early warning system to provide input into the strategic planning process. The purpose of the exercise is to gain experience in linking potential external events into an organizations strategic planning process and to model how to establish an early warning system in an organization.

The exercise has the following steps:

  1. What are the potential events that could affect the organization?
  2. Prioritize the most critical events.
  3. Take the most critical event and derive the implications for the organization if it were to occur.
  4. Given these implications, what should the organization do?