Future-Oriented Innovations

Whether it’s responding to seismic shifts in your industry or trying to plan for the long term changing the future orientation of your organization can have significant advantages. Research has proven that companies with a more future-oriented culture are more productive and more creative. To be more futuristic, you can help your staff and management to come up with new strategies and processes that help the organization prepare for the future.

The development of future-oriented innovation requires a dialogue-based approach to analyze business opportunities and possible barriers. This can be accomplished using a futures literacy framework which incorporates futures knowledge and awareness of futures, as well as futures capability. Futures literacy is the capacity of an individual or company to determine futures, build their own, and articulate them. It is based on the idea that creating and articulating futures is multidisciplinary, and involves various domains, spheres and stakeholders. Futures awareness is the ability to recognize the existence of future possibilities and is dependent on an individual’s awareness of their individual perception of the world around them.

In order to bring about forward-looking innovation, it’s necessary to develop products and services that will improve the lives of people. These improvements are the result of collaboration among several technologically advanced process stakeholders, and require a thorough assessment of the current challenges and alternative options. This kind of innovation requires an utter epistemic transparency and the capacity to listen to suggestions for the foreseeable future.


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