FUTURE RESOURCES

A collaborative go-to source for the curation of foresight industry events, female talent and information exchange.

 Created with the aim to help womxn navigate the foresight, strategy, innovation and research industries by centralizing crucial information, Future Resources works as a horizontal tool for knowledge sharing, community building and networking.

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Womxn of all colors, sizes, places of origin, sexual orientations, gender identity and backgrounds are invited to contribute to the tool. There is no 'right' or 'wrong' and we welcome feedback always.  

 

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NOTES ON FORECASTING AND STRATEGY INDUSTRIES

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The trend forecasting industry is relatively new and small. It offers very specific insights and services that require a great deal of synchronicity between client and consultancy in order to be effective.

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One of the questions forecasters usually get from people who want to become forecasters is "How do I study forecasting?". There are no obvious undergraduate degrees that focus on developing forecasting skills. Professionals come from various backgrounds - I myself know people with degrees in, Communication, Music, Art,  Fashion, Advertising, Journalism, Marketing, Social Sciences, Economics, etc.  While there are some courses that give an idea of the basics, essential skills for a forecaster include being curious, reading and watching content from various industries/topics, copywriting, critical analysis, brand strategy, collaboration and communication.  Rather than paying for an expensive course or expecting to be taught how to become a forecaster, it is more interesting to take an active approach and practice these skills yourself wherever possible. A university degree is great, but it is not essential to being a successful futures strategist.

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Information about forecasting is limited and scarce. While there are good programs out there, I found that meeting other strategists and working together have taught me much more than any book ever could. This is why I decided to organize and provide people with some resources: I believe that only by sharing and democratizing access to information we will achieve a more diverse set of professionals and, hopefully, more inclusive and sustainable futures.

Future Resources is an initiative of foresight strategist and consumer insights specialist Lydia Caldana.