Linking Foresight and Action

The following is an adapted excerpt from a book chapter written for Rowell, L. L., Bruce, C. D., Shosh, J. M., & Riel, M. M. (Eds.). (2017). The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research. Palgrave Macmillan. The book chapter is entitled: “Linking Foresight and Action: Toward a Futures Action Research”. ************* For over a decade I…

Seeking expressions of interest for Anticipatory Experimentation / Bridge Method (AEM)

Over the past year I’ve been in the process of conceptualizing a new approach to action oriented foresight. The approach is called the Anticipatory Experimentation Method (AEM), or “Bridge Method” for short. The method provides a clear pathway to move from developing a robust and transformational vision of the future, to creating ideas, solutions and…

Anticipatory Governance and the City as a Commons

Anticipatory Governance denotes large scale participatory processes and systems for exploring, envisioning, direction setting and developing a strategy for a region. Anticipatory Governance builds on experiments in Anticipatory Democracy popularized by Alvin Toffler and Clem Bezold,[1] combined with new developments in network based foresight.[2] Anticipatory Governance allows a city to harness the intelligence and wisdom…

Mutant Futures Program

Quick Details What: A personal-professional development program and process Location: Melbourne CBD (with limited experimental online / remote intake) Initial session times: Session 1, Wed 22nd Nov – 6:30-8:30 pm. Session 2, Wed 13th Dec – 6:30-8:30 pm. (further times to be arranged as a group) Program duration: 12 months (approximately 10 once-a-month sessions) (2…

Linking Foresight and Action

In 2015 I got the opportunity to write a chapter for the The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, a pioneering effort that gathered together the spirit of transformative approaches to participatory action research into a remarkable compilation with dozens and dozens of chapters almost 900 pages long. The book brought together an amazing group…

Futures Action Model for Policy Wind Tunneling

The Futures Action Model is a useful framework to test policy assumptions against  knowledge about emerging futures. Social policies implicitly hold assumptions about that policy’s utility and effect for social good. As change becomes more complex, interconnected and abrupt, social policies also need to prove effective within a horizon of social changes. Policies, however, are very often the legacy…

Team

José Ramos I help people and organizations bring their preferred futures into the present through experiments that can be scaled for impact. My work helps people generate breakthroughs, deep learning, an inner confidence in the ability to solve problems, and a shift toward an empowered future-facing culture.    People have the power to imagine and…

Anticipatory Experimentation / Bridge Method

The Anticipatory Experimentation / Bridge Method brings your preferred future into the present through scaled experiments that can have a big impact. Challenge your existing view of the future and use that to create a powerful vision and narrative that forms a call to action. Use our bespoke ‘Futures Action Model’ to inspire ideas and prototypes. The best ideas are…

Futures Visioning

In order to create powerful strategies, experiments and innovations, you first need a transformed image and vision of the future, and from this to develop a narrative of change that projects your journey into the future where you create this future with others. Breakthrough conceptual prototypes need to be grounded in a re-imagined and renewed sense…

Conceptual Prototyping with Futures Action Model

  The Futures Action Model is a conceptual prototyping and modelling framework, that provides the bridge between transformational futures thinking and powerful action, through real-world experiments. In order to develop breakthrough conceptual prototypes and models, we need to challenge and transform our images and understanding of the future. FAM provides a powerful way of integrating this futures thinking…