Chapter 11. Evo Devo Foresight: Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

II. Evo Devo Foresight (Empowerment Foresight)

We have just explored the evo devo universe model, in the domain of universal foresight. Let us now try to apply that model to our foresight work, as best we can in its current state. When we do so we are practicing Evo Devo Foresight, which we can also call empowerment or progress foresight, when we think of evo devo in individual (empowerment) or social (progress) terms. This is the kind of thinking that will put Exponential Foresight in its proper frame, helping us to predict, explore, and manage social and technical processes of acceleration, deceleration, saturation, portals, hierarchies, and new emergences.

We’ve already applied Evo Devo Foresight in several places in the Guide, beginning with the Three P’s (evo devo) model in Chapter 1, and an exploration of Evo Devo Values in Chapter 2. We also examined the Eight Skills, a cyclic (evo devo) framework for applying the Three Ps, throughout the Guide. In this chapter we introduced the Five Goals and Ten Values, as a simple way of understanding the variety of values, drives, and goals that evo devo social systems seek to balance. In Chapters 7 and 11, in our discussion of adaptive intelligence, we have also considered where those evo devo values may be seeking to take us, in the very long term.

Let’s briefly review what we’ve learned, and say more about applying this emerging model in personal, organizational, and global practice domains.  What follows will be rather brief. We may expand the following sections into their own chapters in future versions of the Guide.


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