How can we ensure that extending our minds helps us find the new in the present? What processes can we design that pay as much homage to our emotions as we do for data, models and trend watching? How can we feel futures? How did your body react while reading this?
The William Gibson quote that the future is already with us but unevenly distributed may be true, and what is also true is that Horizon 4 latent futures are with us too - but they become visible to us only when we expand our thinking, open our minds and accept the new in the present.
The future might already be with us in the present but that doesn't mean it's fixed yet. It means we can shape it, we can explore the new in the present, we can create futures that don't repeat the mistakes of the past and the present. Our futures thinking is grounded in our minds.
Using foresight in practice needs to integrate clear understanding of how we *think* about futures as well as how to *do* futures.
The future only exists in the present as images. Find out more about imagining futures.