The February theme was the grey area between foresight and futures research, spiced with a statement that foresight can be considered as ”more practical futures research”. Such interpretation does not come without problems; you can justifiably ask whether future-oriented working is nothing more than normal planning, which is done in any case on both individual and societal level.
Either way, more open-minded and visionary futures research will also be emphasised in foresight work. For example, social media - or innovation media, as Jari Kaivo-oja puts it - has introduced new and surprising ways of thinking to the field. Emerging technologies will continue to do so. The relationship between foresight and futures research has evoked a lively, although subtle, discussion, where some feel, that more systematic research methods might be needed.
What if we nurtured chaos instead of trying to pursue exact order and tight control in everything?
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