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.

Making change last

This summer, taking a break from Minkowski, I went on a family holiday to Croatia. It's a beautiful country with great nature and we planned for a whole lot of activities to do outdoor. One of those activities was rock climbing and it had a great lesson about change in it that is applicable to all businesses that want to make change in their organizations last. Practice makes perfect My son ...
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The challenges of hybrid work

Calling in from home Perhaps you've already had the experience before (maybe even pre-COVID): that you were the only participant in a meeting that was calling in from home. Just think back to what that was like. It's difficult to follow the conversation between the people that are physically present and moreover: they don't hear you when you're speaking. In the coming months that will be a new hybrid reality: ...
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Strategy Design | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

Strategy = a design process

An important element in our approach to help organizations map their possibilities in the future is a process in which the organization designs a strategy. We facilitate this process of strategy design as part of a step to accelerate towards the present (see this previous post about the 4 steps to apply the future). It is not a process of logic reasoning (as is custom in many strategic planning approaches) ...
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Cone of Possibilty | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

Backwards into the future, or forwards to the present?

One of my New Year's resolutions is to launch a few (writing) projects (I've tried this before with various degrees of perseverance by the way). One of them is about the Lessera, the other is to share more of the methods we use at Minkowski to apply the future to the present. Some of you have told me to write that up in a book, but I'm parking that idea for the moment as ...
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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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