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THOUGHTS ON INNOVATION & FORESIGHT

THE TASK IS NOT SO MUCH TO SEE WHAT NO ONE HAS YET SEEN, BUT TO THINK WHAT NOBODY HAS YET THOUGHT, ABOUT THAT WHICH EVERYBODY SEES.
— Erwin Schrödinger

a FRAMEWORK FOR INNOVATION

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ACKNOWLEDGING ONE’S LIMITED PERSPECTIVE

EXPERIENCES & DECISIONS MADE BY ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS FORM UNIQUE STRUCTURES (I.E. ASSUMPTIONS, BIASES, INTERNAL KNOWLEDGE, INTUITION…)

THESE STRUCTURES DETERMINE AND LIMIT OUR PERSPECTIVE, I.E. HOW WE SEE REALITY & THE FUTURE

THEREFORE, SEEING THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY REQUIRES A STRUCTURAL CHANGE

“IF YOU ATTACK A PROBLEM WITH THE WRONG ASSUMPTION, THERE IS NOWHERE TO GO BUT DEEPER INTO THAT ASSUMPTION”

- Beau Lotto, author of ‘Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently’

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INTROSPECTION & DECONSTRUCTION

TO CHANGE THE STRUCTURE, AN ORGANIZATION FIRST NEEDS TO BECOME AWARE OF KEY INFLUENCING FACTORS & BELIEFS THAT FORM THEIR STRUCTURE

METHODS:

- Causal Layered Analysis to uncover hidden belief systems & myths

- Deliberately formalizing internal structures, processes & cultures

- A macrohistoric analysis or creating a roadmap to the present to highlight key influencing decisions made and their underlying assumptions

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SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES

DELIBERATELY UNLEARNING PROCESSES, STRUCTURES AND CULTURES - DEFRAMING FROM THE PAST

CREATING STRUCTURES THAT EMBRACE DOUBT & UNCERTAINTY

METHODS:

- From foveal to peripheral scanning of trends, weak signals

- Scenario Creation & Thinking

- First Principle Thinking to drill down to the most fundamental truths

- Conducting intercultural exchanges and mind-shifting experiences

- Asking the Why question

- Deliberately embracing and jumping into uncertainty

 

Some of my older reports 

 

About Me

Hi! I'm Thomas, an INNOVATION & FORESIGHT CONSULTANT based in Berlin, seeking to help individuals and organizations create a better future