Genus uses history to inform the future. A good futurist is also a good historian.
" He who drives his car through the rear-view mirror, never sees the future!
" He who doesn't read history will repeat past mistakes!"
This method endeavors to use the above maxims to utilize past learning to create new futures.
Uses of the method
- re-designing products and services
- understanding consequences of future decisions based on past experiences
- understanding the past to project better futures
- Avoiding repeating past mistakes
- Taking the best of the past forward
- Relatively fast and cheap to do
- A good springboard and starting point for conducting a future study
- Only really useful if used with other methods
Steps to complete
This method and your response can be shared with other members or kept private using the 'Privacy' field and through the 'Tag', 'Report' and 'Forum' functionalities. Use 'Tag' and/or 'Report' to aggregate your analyzes, or add a 'Forum' to ask others where they agree/disagree and encourage them to make their own analysis from their unique vantage point.
Click the 'Invite tab to send invitations to other members or non-members (colleagues, external experts etc.) to ask for their input. You can whether or not you want anonymous responses. These can be viewed and exported within the Responses tab.
Developed over a coffee by Ivy Ng, MTI, Singapore and Shaping Tomorrow (October 2010, Singapore)
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