Chapter 3. Career Options - Great Ways to Be a Foresight Leader

Twenty-Six Global Industry Groups Needing Better Foresight

Aerospace, Automobiles and Components
Banking and Credit
Capital Goods (B2B Construction and Infrastructure)
Commercial and Professional Services
Consumer Staples (Non-Food) and Apparel
Consumer Discretionary Products & Services (B2C)
Defense and Security (Public and Private)
Educational Services (Public and Private)
Energy (Fossil Fuels and Renewables)
Financial Services (Non-Bank)
Food, Beverage, and Farming
Government Administration (Public and Private)
Hardware and Equipment (IT)

Health Care Equipment & Services (Public & Private)
Hospitality, Restaurant, Travel and Leisure
Industrial Products (B2B)
Insurance (Health, Life, Prop, Casualty, etc.)
Materials (Chemicals, Metals, Mining, etc.)
Media and Entertainment
Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
Real Estate and B2C Construction
Retailing (Storefront Consumer Discretionary)
Software and Services (IT)
Telecommunication Services
Transportation and Warehousing

Which of these industries, or set of industries, interests you the most? Some, such as Utilities, Banking, Health Care, Government, and Defense, may currently be making only baby steps toward the future, fighting change due to their unique social, political, or economic history and circumstances. Others including Technology, Software, Media, Professional Services, and Contract R&D, may be racing toward it, depending on the company and sub-industry. All of these industries need great foresight leaders working quietly behind the scenes, or prominently in public positions, to help them adapt and change.

We don’t know yet if any of these industries tends to use more of Amara’s Core Three foresight skills, or the Five Supplementary foresight skills, than any others. It would be lovely to see a survey. As Peter Bishop has observed, mature, slower-moving industries with large average firm size and greater budgets (aerospace, banking, defense, energy, food, government, health care, hospitality, insurance, materials, pharmaceuticals, utilities, etc.) are likely to do more formal strategy, planning- and forecasting-based foresight. Larger firms in more rapidly-moving industries (consumer products and services, for-profit education, retailing, software) seem to do more learning-, innovation-, and fast strategy-based foresight, frequently sensing and interpreting their environment, and responding with quicker short-term decisions, stronger technical intelligence, and multiple longer-term bets and experiments (think of Google X). Smaller firms in every industry are also less likely to do formal foresight work, as they have less resources, unless their leadership treats foresight as a core competency, as we will see in Section III.

We won’t discuss each of these industry groups specifically in this version of the guide. But we have listed a few leading companies in Appendix 2 and at We urge you to do your own industry foresight research online, via the sites of industry associations, job portals, and on LinkedIn. A particularly powerful strategy on LinkedIn Premium is using both an industry specific word or phrase (i.e., energy, consumer staples) and a foresight word (future, foresight, forecasting, planning, scenarios) in your search string. With a little good online sleuthing you can quickly find foresight-oriented companies, recruiters, and organizational contacts in any industry of personal interest.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 2. Personal Foresight – Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 2: Personal Foresight

Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 4. Models – Foundations for Organizational Foresight

Chapter 4: Models

Foundations for Organizational Foresight

Chapter 7. Acceleration – Guiding Our Extraordinary Future

Chapter 7: Acceleration

Guiding Our Extraordinary Future (In Process)

II. Global Progress: 5 Goals, 10 Values, Many Trends

Innovation: Our Abundant Future
Intelligence: Our Augmented Future
Interdependence: Our Civil Future
Immunity: Our Protected Future
Sustainability: Our Rebalanced Future

III. Universal Accelerating Change

Great Race to Inner Space: Our Surprising Future
Entropy&Information: We’re Running Down & Up
The Puzzle of Meaning: We Have No Einstein Yet
Trees, Funnels & Landscapes: Intro to Evo Devo
Big Picture Change: Five Scales of Accelerating ED
Transcension Hypothesis: Where Acceleratn Ends?
IDABDAK: Social Response to Accel & Developmnt
We’re On a Runaway Train: Being Accelaware

IV. Evo Devo and Exponential Foresight

Seeing It All: Accel., Diverg, Adapt, Convrg, Decel.
Natural (I4S) Innovation: The Evolutionary Drive
Natural (I4S) Intelligence: The Human-AI Partnership
Natural (I4S) Morality: Why Empathy and Ethics Rule
Natural (I4S) Security: Strength from Disruption
Natural (I4S) Sustainability: The Developmental Drive
S-Curves: Managing the Four Constituencies
Pain to Gain: Traversing the Three Kuznets Phases
Hype to Reality: Beyond Hype Cycles to Reality Checks
Exponentials Database: Measuring Accelerations
TINA Trends: Societal Evolutionary Development
Managing Change: STEEPCOP Events, Probs, Ideas
A Great Shift: A Survival to a Sentient Economy

V. Evo Devo and Exponential Activism

Building Protopias: Five Goals of Social Progress
Normative Foresight: Ten Values of Society
Top & STEEPCOP Acceleratns: Positive & Negative
Dystopias, Risks, and Failure States
Three Levels of Activism: People, Tech & Universe
A Great Opportunity: Exponential Empowerment


Chapter 8. Your Digital Self – The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

Chapter 8: Your Digital Self

The Human Face of the Coming Singularity (In Process)

I. Your Personal AI (PAI): Your Digital Self

Digital Society: Data, Mediation, and Agents
Personal AIs: Advancing the Five Goals
PAI Innovation: Abundance and Diversity
PAI Intelligence: Bio-Inspired AI
PAI Morality: Selection and Groupnets
PAI Security: Safe Learning Agents
PAI Sustainability: Science and Balance
The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

II. PAI Protopias & Dystopias in 8 Domains

1. Personal Agents: News, Ent., Education
2. Social Agents: Relat. and Social Justice
3. Political Agents :  Activism & Represent.
4. Economic Agents:  Retail, Finance, Entrep
5. Builder Agents :  Work, Innov. & Science
6. Environ. Agents : Pop. and Sustainability
7. Health Agents :  Health, Wellness, Death
8. Security Agents :  Def., Crime, Corrections

III. PAI Activism & Exponential Empowerment

Next Government: PAIs, Groupnets, Democ.
Next Economy: Creat. Destr. & Basic Income
Next Society: PAI Ent., Mortality & Uploading
What Will Your PAI Contribution Be?

Chapter 10. Startup Ideas – Great Product & Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs

Chapter 10: Startup Ideas

Great Product and Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs (In Process)

I. 4U’s Idea Hub: Building Better Futures

Air Deliveries and Air Taxis: Finally Solving Urban Gridlock
Ballistic Shields and Gun Control: Protecting Us All from Lone Shooters
Bioinspiration Wiki: Biomimetics and Bio-Inspired Design
Brain Preservation Services: Memory and Mortality Redefined
Carcams: Document Thieves, Bad Driving, and Bad Behavior
Competition in Govt Services: Less Corruption, More Innovation
Computer Adaptive Education (CAE): Better Learning and Training
Conversational Deep Learning Devsuites: Millions of AI Coders
Digital Tables: Telepresence, Games, Entertainment & Education
Dynaships: Sustainable Low-Speed Cargo Shipping
Electromagnetic Suspension: Nausea-Free Working & Reading in Cars
Epigenetic Health Tests: Cellular Aging, Bad Diet, Body Abuse Feedback
Fireline Explosives and Ember Drones: Next-Gen Fire Control
Global English: Empowering the Next Generation of Global Youth
Greenbots: Drone Seeders and Robotic Waterers for Mass Regreening
High-Density Housing and Zoning: Making Our Cities Affordable Again
Highway Enclosures and Trail Networks: Green and Quiet Urban Space
Inflatable Packaging: Faster and Greener Shipping and Returns
Internet of Families: Connecting People Over Things
Kidcams: Next-Gen Security for Child Safety and Empowerment
Kidpods: Indoor & Outdoor Parent-Assistive Toyboxes
Microdesalination: Democratizing Sustainable Fresh Water Production
Noise Monitors: Documenting and Reducing Noise Pollution
Oceanside Baths: Sustainable Year Round Beach Enjoyment
Open Blood Scanners: DIY Citizen Health Care Sensor Tech
Open Streaming Radio: User-Centered Audio Creation and Rating
Open Streaming Video: User-Centered Video Creation and Rating
Open Values Filters: Social Rankers, Arg. Mappers, and Consensus Finders
Personal AIs: Your Private Advisor, Activist, and Interface to the World
Pet Empowerment: Next-Gen Rights and Abilities for Our Domestic Animals
Safe Closets: Fire-, Earthquake-, and Intruder-Proof Retreat Spaces
Safe Cars: Reducing Our Insane 1.3M Annual Auto Deaths Today
Safe Motorcycles: Lane Splitting in Gridlock Without Risk of Death
Shared Value Insurance: User-Centered Risk Reduction Services
Sleeperbuses and Microhotels: Demonetized Intercity Travel
Space-Based Solar Power: Stratellite Powering and Weather Management
Stratellites: Next-Gen Urban Broadband, Transparency, and Security
Touch DNA: Next-Gen Home Security and Crime Deterrence
View Towers: Improving Urban Walkability, Inspiration, and Community

Chapter 11. Evo Devo Foresight – Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Chapter 11: Evo Devo Foresight

Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Appendix 1. Peer Advice – Building a Successful Foresight Practice