What’s Feeding You?

An Exploration of the Food Experience Today and Tomorrow Think about how you eat today, and then try to reimagine the future of the food experience. How might we eat in 5, 10, or 20 years? What will we eat? When? Why? Whichever table you find yourself at, one thing is certain: One cannot reimagine…

Technology and Religion: Prayer in 2020

“We see things not as they are. We see things as we are.” – Babylonian Talmud Religion has always capitalized on technological shifts to drive adherence and converts. The astrolabe (think GPS for medieval explorers) was developed to help traveling Muslims face Mecca at prayer times. The first use for the printing press was to…

The Future Isn’t Your Friend

Future thinking needs a dose of cosmic pessimism if it’s to have any utility at all. I recently spent a week at Ohio University in the verdant college town of Athens, lecturing at a NASA-sponsored summer program that trains students from 
around the world for careers in the space industry. Over several intense and lengthy…

Crowdfunding Futures Thinking

Idea Couture has just launched IMPACT: A Foresight Game on Kickstarter. Much of the strategic foresight work we do at Idea Couture is about helping decision-­makers navigate uncertainty and capitalize on change. “Decision-­makers” in this case usually refers to C-level executives at Fortune 500 companies. For our clients, we function as a kind of strategic radar, identifying the threats and opportunities that aren’t in plain sight. We look beyond the purview of your typical corporate strategic planning cycle, instead speculating on possibilities that sit 7, 10, and 15 years out, or further. Strategic foresight is a process, and…

No Normal Future

We have simply got to give up on trying to “predict” The Future. No matter how many billions of dollars DARPA and its subsidiaries are able to acquire to try to do so; no matter how huge big data gets; no matter how many books are written about Superforecasting or the foresightfulness of crowds; the time…

Verena Mei on the Future of Motorsports

Twelve years ago, Verena Mei traded in modeling to pursue a career in motorsports. While motorsports is still considered a male-dominated sport, Verena is breaking the mold by being one of the few female drivers to compete in the industry. When Verena first set foot on the racetrack, there was a lot of doubt surrounding…

A’Driane Nieves on the Future of Art

A’Driane Nieves is a USAF veteran, writer, artist, speaker, and postpartum depression and anxiety survivor living with bipolar disorder. A'Driane's writing – which focuses on the intersections of life, motherhood, art, music, faith, race, and mental health – has be en featured on BlogHer, UpWorthy, EverdayFeminism, Postpartum Progress, and the 2015 Austin Listen To Your Mother…

The Future According to Women

After months of dedication and contributions from countless people, we are proud to present the special feature from our summer issue: The Future According to Women. For this feature, we spoke to over 40 women from various industries – and the conversations were absolutely amazing! They overlapped in ways that we weren’t expecting, so we have grouped…

Rise of the Precariat: Job Insecurity and the Changing Workforce

Businesses need to think less about convenience to their bottom line and more about the long-term effects of unsustainable and precarious work. In 2011, British economist Guy Standing wrote about an emerging class in his book The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class: those unable to find permanent, full time employment with benefits and rights and…

Big Food Turns 65

The American organic food market skyrocketed from $8 billion in 2004 to $42 billion just ten years later. If you were a child in the 1990s, chances are, you’ve had a Dino Buddy. Perusing the frozen aisles of your local Costco, you can still spot its signature vitamin-C orange box today: its crisped golden insides…

The Future of Crisis

There cannot be a crisis today; my schedule is already full - Henry Kissinger The 2014–2015 Ebola outbreak in Africa is a well-documented crisis whose impacts will continue to play out over generations. The UN and WHO now face criticism about the inadequate response to this virulent outbreak, despite early warning signs and assertions about…