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.
Virtual Workshop: Public Spaces from the Futures

The effects of virtual closeness and physical distancing

A fascinating thing is taking root in our societies these days. For years we've heard complaints about people loosing touch with the localities they live in while taking refuge in (sometimes extreme) online environments. It was often said that nobody knows their neighbor anymore, but that everyone could find like minded people online creating these virtual echo-chambers of opinion and populism. I think that the corona-virus will eventually have a ...
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The beauty of this pandemic

The beauty of this pandemic

I'm writing this from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where the schools have been closed for at least three weeks and almost everyone is working from home. Only the most vital functions in society are still fully operational: people in healthcare, educators, law enforcement, fire brigades, government, etc. I'm sure most of you across the globe are experiencing something similar or will soon. We can still go outside on the streets here ...
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Digital Transformation | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

The delusion of digital transformation

Is there a project in your company around digital transformation? I'm guessing that most of you are involved in, have heard of, or have been in a digital transformation program by now. If you haven't, then your company is probably going to loose in the short term. At least, that is what people tell you. But if you take a good look at digital transformation then you'll see that it ...
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Agile is good. Agility is better

How to achieve agility apart from using agile methodologies Agile is not a silver bullet Don't get me wrong. I am a big advocate for agile methodologies. From the start I was involved in initiatives within ING that led to the successful agile transformation based on the Spotify model. This agile way of working, with multidisciplinary teams, called squads, and where the old functional departments have disappeared and merged into ...
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Minkowski’s Spectacles: futures of fossil fuels

Last month one of the biggest pension funds in the world, the Dutch ABP, announced that they are divesting their holdings in fossil fuels. They had been threatening to do this for quite a while already in the past years, but the threat will become a reality by 2023. Coming only a month after another Dutch pension fund made a similar announcement it seems that the tide is shifting. What ...
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To change behavior: see before you act

When I was in junior high one of my teachers taught me to 'never say what you don't want to do', because subconsciously you can not deal with that. Apparently it will plant a seed in your head leading you to do exactly what you didnâ't want to do. In Dutch (and I don't know if it translates well into English) we use the metaphor of 'pink elephants' to illustrate ...
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Photo Credit: CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy / Public domain

What the corona virus can teach you about your future

Although the corona virus (COVID-19) that has been raging around the world has serious consequences for some that get infected, for most of us it's a potential fear for what might happen to us in the future. It's not an immediate threat either, which is why this is so interesting when you're in the line of work that we operate in. We help organizations map possibilities in the future and ...
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How to develop an actionable vision

This week I was in Tallin working with a bank to design new directions for their future. In the country that some spell as E-stonia, it was great to work with a digital version of our 'Stories for Change' tool for the first time. As one participant said: 'I didnâ't know it could be so simple to develop new thinking for our future that makes sense to all of us ...
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Applied Futures Thinking | Minkowski: Agency for Applied Futures

What is Applied Futures (Thinking)?

The approach we use in our work is called 'applied futures'. The result of this approach is that organizations are able to act now upon what is possible for them in the future. But many of our clients ask us, what 'applied futures' actually is, as they can not find a lot about it on the web. And some even ask us if they can study it somewhere at a ...
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