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Foresight Journaling – Unlocking the secret truths to your hidden future!

by | Apr 2, 2020 | Futurist Thomas Frey Insights

Futurist Speaker Thomas Frey Foresight Journaling To Unlock The Secret To Hidden FutureLet’s start by asking, “What if we had a better way of finding answers to our most pressing personal issues?”

Each of us are challenged with a unique set of problems, circumstances, challenges, and opportunities, and let’s be honest, we’re not good at making decisions.

Very few of us feel like great decision-makers and yet, that’s exactly what we spend most of our days doing.

Should I buy a house, sell a house, find a new job, stay where I’m at, go out to eat, cook at home, drive across town, or stay where I am? If we have children, or myriad of other variables, the complexities of our decisions skyrocket.

Our ability to take control of our own destiny is directly tied to the confidence we have in making our own decisions and that’s where Foresight Journaling comes in.

Everyday we wake up to an entirely new set of issues, confrontations, confusion, interruptions, panic, hope, and opportunities. Sometimes even our finest moments of serendipity seem to be laced with chaos. This is especially true after the COVID-19 pandemic with each of us searching furiously to find something solid to hang onto.

We all go through life-changing experiences differently, but for every problem we face, there is an equal and opposite life-changing opportunity waiting to be discovered.

Your ability to both discover and leverage those opportunities is tied directly to the way we frame our thinking.

Foresight Journaling is a contemplative thought process that allows us to find the answers we’re looking for and take control of our destiny. And we do it using a process known as “contemplative inquiry”, which is a powerful tool for reprogramming our inner vision.

For this reason we have launched a Foresight Journaling Newsletter which will show up in your inbox once a week for only $9.98 per month.

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With “contemplative inquiry”, you relax your body, calm your emotions, and quiet your mind, so you can begin to master the fine art of leveraging your own intuitive wisdom.

Every week I’ll pose a series of provocative questions, and it’ll be up to you to struggle your way through them to find the answer. Keep in mind, there is great power in the struggle.

Every contemplative inquiry question is designed to help you dig deeper, to find the untouched regions of your being, and unlock the secret truths.

Start by finding a quiet place and learn to clear away both your internal and external distractions. You’ll need to be in a high-energy state, fully hydrated, listening to the right kind of music at the right volume. Some experts say it works best if the music is a repetitive type such as techno, classical, new age, or trance.

During this process, nothing is straightforward. There are no one-size-fits-all formulas, no repeatable processes, and no certainty about what you think you know, until you know it.

For some it will make sense right away, but for others, it’ll be as chaotic as it sounds. You will find exceptions to every rule, new ways of defining every situation, and countless new perspectives to uncover on the path to finding your answers.

I encourage you to take notes, jot down ideas, phrases, quotes, and make list upon list until you feel comfortable with all the options you need to explore. The universe is not linear and neither is your mind, so feel free to let your randomness, spontaneity, and impulsive whims help guide your thinking.

Every week we’ll send you a new set of five questions. At first glance they may not appear to be the most pertinent questions of the day, but rest assured they are all critical pieces of a much larger mind map for triggering the inner you.

Each set of five questions are intended to be a week’s worth of contemplation, probing, musing, deliberation, brooding, deep thinking, and reflection. One question will lead to another, and another, until a light bulb turns on in your head. If the light bulb doesn’t turn on, you’re not done.

You will not be graded on whether your answers are right or wrong. This is YOUR process, YOUR answers, and YOUR seismic breakthroughs!

If you stall out, take a break and come back later. But never, never, never give up. Your future self is counting on you!

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Guided by Our Inner Vision of the Future

With every presentation I do, I give a brief overview of how the future gets formed.

I describe it like this. “People make decisions today based on their understanding of what the future holds. So if we change someone’s vision of the future, we change the way they make decisions today.”

My role as a futurist is to change people’s vision of the future.

The internal steering wheel that our subconscious relies on to guide us through our daily life is our “inner vision of the future.”

Tucked away, deep in our cranial cavities, is a personal vision of what the future holds. While we’re not conscious of its role or how it works, our inner vision oversees every action we take today.

If we come across a new way of looking at the future, we have to check in with our inner vision first. It’s our official roadmap for the future. If something does sync up, we will begin a point by point comparison of how the new perspective is different from the “official version.” When something doesn’t mesh, we think through every discrepancy and start the process of reprogramming our inner vision.

‘Contemplative Inquiry’ and our ‘Inner Vision’

To better understand the dynamics, our inner vision represents our comfort zone. And we tend to be very protective of what we think we know.

Contemplative inquiry is a process for piercing the comfort zone and forcing us to rethink, reexamine, and reevaluate. Our inner vision needs far more adjusting than we think it does.

Yes, we have control over our own decisions, but we go through a series of internal processes before they get “blessed” by our inner vision. Ironically, even our decision to change our inner vision has to be approved by our inner vision.

We have many tools for managing our inner vision like increasing our exposure to information, changing our focus, our perspective, or changing our event horizon. But the most effective tool of all is contemplative inquiry.

It not only gives us the answers we need, but it also has a way of validating our thinking!

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Few people understand the human-to-future interface!

The Human-to-Future Interface

The three items that the human body comes into contact with most in life are the beds that we sleep in, the chairs that we sit in, and the shoes that we walk in. These are the primary friction points that we know all too well.

However the overarching, all-consuming interface that few people consider is our human-to-future interface. Since we will all be spending the rest of our lives in the future, we really should learn more about how we’re making the transition from the here-and-now to what-comes-next.

Just as a fish has no way of understanding the concept of water, we are immersed in wave upon wave of an ever-changing future, silently slipping through our reality lens like the hands of time.

The needs of “now,” are different from the needs of “then,” and even though we take these imperceptible changes for granted, every future has a way of altering the demands that will be placed on us, as we go about our daily living.

We all intuitively know that today will be different than yesterday, and that tomorrow will also hold a few surprises. But few scientists, if any, have actually tried to examine the effect these micro-forces of change have on us individually as they wash relentlessly over us.

Even the slightest bump, noise, smell, or thought can alter what comes next. With most of these changes, we’re not even aware they’re happening.

Final Thoughts

How many times have you heard someone say they are “looking for a sign?” Perhaps you’ve said it yourself.

But what exactly constitutes a “sign” and how is one sign more significant than another? Sometimes we will describe our “sign” as an article we’ve read, a video clip we’ve seen, image on a wall, or conversation with a friend.

In reality, the “signs” we’ve imagined operate more as a triggering mechanism alerting us to the fact that something important just happened. In each of these situations, a momentary thought becomes a “sign” because it distinctly resonates with our inner vision.

The signs we’re all looking for are being guided by our inner vision.

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Foresight Journaling – Unlocking the secret truths to your hidden future!

by | Apr 2, 2020 | Futurist Thomas Frey Insights

I was thoroughly intrigued when I found out the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado was offering a degree in asteroid mining.

Yes, the idea of extracting water, oxygen, minerals, and metals from an asteroid sounds like science fiction to most people, but it’s not that far away.  In fact, Colorado School of Mines’ newly launched “Space Resources” program will help people get in on the ground floor.

After thinking about the proactive nature of this approach, it became abundantly clear how backward thinking most colleges have become.

When colleges decide on a new degree program, they must first recruit instructors, create a new curriculum, and attract students. As a result, the talent churned out of these newly minted programs is the product of a 6-7 year pipeline.

For this reason, anticipatory-thinking institutions really need to be setting their sights on what business and industries will need 7-10 years from now.

The Risk-Averse Nature of Education

When Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen released his best-selling book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, his core message that disruptive change is the path to success, was only partially embraced by higher education.

While many were experimenting with MOOCs and smart whiteboards, changes in the subject matter of their courses still evolved at the traditional pace of discovery.

This is not to say colleges are not innovative. Rather, the demands of today’s emerging tech environment are forcing business and industries to shift into an entirely new gear. And that most definitely includes our academic institutions.

From a management perspective, it’s far easier to oversee a contained system where all variables are constrained. But during times of change, we tend to give far more power to the “unleashers,” who are determined to test the status quo and release ideas and trial balloons to see what works.

For this reason, managers and creatives often find themselves on opposing sides, and the winners of these warring factions often determine what we as consumers see as the resulting ripples of change.

Offering Pilot Programs

When Facebook bought Oculus Rift in March 2014 for $2 billion, the job boards went crazy, as there was an instant uptick in the demand for VR designers, engineers, and experience creators. But no one was teaching VR, and certainly not the Oculus Rift version of it.

Colleges have a long history of being blindsided by new technologies:

  • When eBay launched, no one was teaching ecommerce strategies
  • When Myspace launched, no one was teaching social networking
  • When Google launched, no one was teaching online search engine strategies
  • When Uber launched, no one was teaching sharing economy business models
  • When Apple first opened their App Store, no one was teaching smart phone app design
  • When Amazon first allowed online storefronts, no one was teaching the Amazon business model
  • When YouTube first offered ways to monetize videos, no one was teaching it

Since most academic institutions are only willing to put their name on programs with long-term viability, the endorsement of half-baked agendas does not come easy. However, that is exactly what needs to be done.

Colleges can no longer afford to remain comfortably behind the curve.

52 Future College Degrees

As a way of priming your thinking on this matter, here are 52 future degrees that forward-thinking colleges could start offering today:

  1. Space Exploration – space tourism planning and management
  2. Space Exploration – planetary colony design and operation
  3.  Space Exploration – next generation space infrastructure
  4. Space Exploration – advanced cosmology and non-earth human habitats
  5. Bioengineering with CRISPR – policy and procedural strategies
  6. Bioengineering with CRISPR – advanced genetic engineering systems
  7. Bioengineering with CRISPR – operational implementations and system engineering
  8. Bioengineering with CRISPR – ethical regulation and oversight
  9. Smart City – autonomous traffic integration
  10. Smart City – mixed reality modeling
  11. Smart City – autonomous construction integration
  12. Smart City – next generation municipal planning and strategy
  13. Autonomous Agriculture – robotic systems
  14. Autonomous Agriculture – drone systems
  15. Autonomous Agriculture – supply chain management
  16. Autonomous Agriculture – systems theory and integration
  17. Swarmbot – design, theory, and management
  18. Swarmbot – system engineering and oversight
  19. Swarmbot – municipal system design
  20. Swarmbot – law enforcement and advanced criminology systems
  21. Cryptocurrency – digital coin economics
  22. Cryptocurrency – crypto-banking system design
  23. Cryptocurrency – regulatory systems and oversight
  24. Cryptocurrency – forensic accounting strategies
  25. Blockchain – design, systems, and applications
  26. Blockchain – blockchain for biological systems
  27. Blockchain – large-scale integration structures
  28. Blockchain – municipal system design strategies
  29. Global Systems – system planning, architecture, and design
  30. Global Systems – large-scale integration strategies
  31. Global Systems – operational systems checks and balance
  32. Global Systems – governmental systems in a borderless digital world
  33. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - drone film making
  34. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – command center operations
  35. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – municipal modeling and planning systems
  36. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – emergency response systems
  37. Mixed Reality - experiential retail
  38. Mixed Reality – three-dimensional storytelling
  39. Mixed Reality – game design
  40. Mixed Reality – therapeutic systems and design
  41. Advanced Reproductive Systems – designer baby strategies, planning, and ethics
  42. Advanced Reproductive Systems – surrogate parenting policy and approaches
  43. Advanced Reproductive Systems – organic nano structures
  44. Advanced Reproductive Systems – clone engineering and advanced processes
  45. Artificial Intelligence – data management in an AI environment
  46. Artificial Intelligence – advanced human-AI integration
  47. Artificial Intelligence – streaming AI data services
  48. Artificial Intelligence – advanced marketing with AI
  49. Quantum Computing – data strategies in a quantum-connected world
  50. Quantum Computing – quantum-level encryption and security
  51. Quantum Computing – quantum computing implementation strategies
  52. Quantum Computing – AI-quantum system integration

Final Thought

More so than any time in history, we have a clear view of next generation technologies. Naturally, we’re still a long way from 100% clarity, but for most of the technologies listed above, the shifting tectonic plates of change can be felt around the world.

Without taking decisive action, colleges run the risk of being circumvented by new types of training systems that can meet market demands in a fraction of the time it takes traditional academia to react.

The ideas I’ve listed are a tiny fraction of what’s possible when it comes to emerging tech degrees. Should colleges stick their neck out like Colorado School of Mines and offer degrees that may not be immediately useful? Adding to that question, how many college degrees are immediately useful today?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

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