Title: An approach to the future
Author: Bishop, Peter C.;
Source: In: Bengston, David N., comp. 2012. Environmental futures research: experiences, approaches, and opportunities. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-107. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 13-17.
Publication Series: Proceedings - Paper (PR-P)
Description: This paper describes the rudiments of an approach to the future that we should teach and practice in our personal and professional lives. It begins with a consideration of change. The future is about change. If there were no change, we would have no reason to pay attention to the future. The paper concludes with an approach to long-term forecasting that takes uncertainty seriously. The result is a set of plausible futures for which we must be ready; otherwise, we run the risk of being surprisedor worse.
Keywords: strategic foresight, scenarios, trends, forecasting, change, environmental scanning
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Bishop, Peter C. 2012. An approach to the future. In: Bengston, David N., comp. 2012. Environmental futures research: experiences, approaches, and opportunities. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-107. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 13-17.
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