Some of our thinking

How are we seeing the future today? What are our beliefs about the world? How are we thinking about current changes and what are we doing to make a change? We share insights about our work regularly all across the web. About what we've done and on how we have designed (elements) of our programs for what purpose. We hope that this collection of thoughts and conversations inspires many people around the world to start shaping the world and future around them.

Creating better futures

Two weeks ago, we organized a first MeetUp on how to purposefully guide your organization towards a better future. Participants shared their insights, which resulted in valuable conversations. One of the participants rightfully observed, “You cannot change others, but you can bring about change in others”. As an individual in an organization, it is essential to have a clear view of where you want to go and to stand up ...
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Lessera: less is more | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

Solutions for the lessera: less is more?

Somebody responded to my previous post asking me whether doing less was not automatically leading to doing more of something else? Eating less meat, means you eat more vegetables. Driving less in a car, means you bike more. Less days of education for your kids, means you get to spend more time with your kids. Even though this is of course true, I think the lessera is more than just replacing the 'bad' with something else: ...
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Lessera: less is more | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

2020: start of the era of less

It's the end of the year: a time of reflection. We are about to enter the year 2020. A year that has been a future horizon in many strategic sessions I've hosted over the past 15 years. And now we are there...close to a future once imagined. Something has been in the back of my mind for quite a while now: are we nearing the end of progress as we've ...
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The impact of seeing yourself for 15 months

The impact of in-your-face-video More than ever before our attention has shifted from our bodies to our faces, or perhaps everything from the shoulders up. And this will continue. I would argue that we haven’t seen the end of living in a world of pandemics yet and that more of these periods will happen in the next 15 years that will force us back behind our screens for longer periods ...
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Change Blindness: Training to help to react to change | Minkowski

Yesterday’s tomorrow

The future is ever changing and it can feel daunting to think about what might happen next or how to adapt as a person or organization to the changes that will occur. What can you do to identify patterns for the future? One thing is to make things smaller and start training a futures mindset so you become more awake to change. Change happens yes, but it's not always disruptive ...
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New Plan or New Direction | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

New plan or new direction?

One of our clients recently called us with the words: "we have executed the plan we crafted three years ago, so now we need a new plan". Kudos for them for the execution power they have and it is nice to see that a plan that was developed years ago actually leads to tangible action and change. But the question is: do they need a new plan or do they ...
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Strategy Outline & Strategic Planning | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

Strategy = dialogue

It's the time of year when people start making plans for the time to come. At Minkowski we see this first hand as the questions for help in developing strategic plans increases at the end of each year leading into the next year (maybe it's just a coincidence that this coincides with making New Year's resolutions). However, a strategy is never set in stone. You never make a strategic plan to lock ...
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The reversal of social media | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

The reversal of social media

Walking around in Amsterdam there are more and more coffee places, bars and restaurants that are actively proclaiming that they don't want you to be there on your laptop or smart phone. There are special sections in these places where it is or isn't allowed. Combine that with a growing supply of retreats without technology in nature (at least my timeline is filled with dozens of offers) and holidays without technology and ...
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Fall in love with the problem, not the idea | Minkowski.org

Fall in love with the problem, not the idea

As part of our work we help people to think big and be bold and courageous to step into a new future and change the(ir) world. You might think that this means that you have to come up with a grand idea and follow that dream always. But it is actually the opposite: you have to find a big problem and work on solving that by all means necessary. We always say: ...
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