When you have "futuring" exercises are you conciously working to keep your present from absolutely determining where you are going to end up?  Or are you simply leaving the future to be predetermined by the way you’re currently doing what you’re doing?

I love this idea from Burgess Winter, former CEO of Magma Corp:

"The usual place to stand [when thinking about the future] is in the existing set of constraints, issues and opportunities that confront the organization…Our recommended approach is to stand in a future that is not directly derived from present conditions or circumstances…Although the future is informed by the past, it is as "past-free" as possible…When I say the future is "past-free," I mean that the future should not be an extrapolation, extension, or modification of the past The Knowing-Doing Gap (pp. 97-98)."

If you want to build a "past-free" future, this is the way you’ll think.  How would you do that?  Only by willfully insisting that it’s the only way to play.  In order to be in the room where the discussion about the future happens you have to be able to think gray.  Everyone else needs to wait outside!

Building a “Past-Free” Future
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