The world is grappling with the current unfolding crisis. Therefore, it’s important for futurists to think about the next horizon and beyond. This can help ensure that the decisions we make today do not lay the foundation for a new set of problems over the horizon. Equally, we have to understand the type of future that might emerge post-crisis. It can help us plan and prepare for different possibilities as we reshape our strategies today. And it might help us spot, train for, and adapt to the new opportunities and challenges that could arise, as a post-pandemic world unfolds.
Scenarios for a post-pandemic future
In response to the need for future perspectives, Fast Future has created a fast track book. It’s a book which draws on the expertise, insight, ambition, and vision of twenty-five futurists from around the world. Fast Future is a research and insights business that specializes in the fields of futures and foresight. The goal is to provide individuals, leaders, and organizations with foresight, insight, visionary thinking, and navigational guidance on what lies ahead.
The goal of this group of writers is to provide provocations that will take the public discourse beyond the current debate. We’re facing reproduction numbers, testing strategies, personal protective equipment, lockdown policies, vaccination, and economic support. Therefore, the aim is to think about how we can create a safer and more sustainable world despite that.
A crisis is an ideal time to reset our thinking and refocus our strategies and policies. It’s an opportunity to try new ideas. Ideas, that are designed to lay the foundation for the next the future and what comes after that. A future that the authors believe can be fairer, more inclusive, more transparent, and more sustainable for all.
Four core themes
In the book, concise, insightful, and action enabling ideas and provocations are presented. It’s an exploration of possible scenarios and development paths across four key domains. Politicians, business leaders, civil society activities, and most importantly, the ordinary citizens of this planet.
Critical shifts – Exploring the developments taking place across every aspect of our collective thinking as a result of the pandemic experience.
Society and Social Policy – Examining the implications and opportunities for the fabric and infrastructure of society. We look to tackle both the existing persistent challenges and the new ones that have arisen through the crisis. Framing an agenda for what could be developed in what many commentators are calling the future “new normal”.
Government and Economy – Assessing how governments are and should be grappling with the challenges and consequences of balancing health and economic protection and recovery during and post-pandemic.
Business and Technology – Outlining the possible implications, opportunities, and choices for business and our use of technology. Exploring how we might solve critical questions posed by the pandemic. How can we lay the foundation for the future across health, education, social structures and the design of our organizations?
The pandemic gives us an amazing opportunity to kick-start our experimentation with the world of tomorrow. What areas of life could change for good? Read futurist Liselotte Lyngso’s chapter on A Laboratory for the Future.
READ ALSO: “10 lessons for the future that you will learn during Covid-19” by Liselotte Lyngso.
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