Foresight and Design as a New Paradigm in Dealing with Complexity in this Hyperconnected World.

Buehring, J. H. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Organizations – most typically, have been operating on the assumption of continuity, that no significant disruption would occur before the time horizon. That was a pretty good assumption in the pre-Internet world, but it has become increasingly risky as the pace of change has quickened and the increased connectivity of the globalized world connects people and issues as never before. Derived from cross-disciplinary insights in Foresight and Design studies, the hypotheses around the broader role of the strategic design conversation, is to include systematic futures thinking as a transformational approach to producing visions of desirable and sustainable product-service system futures. This presentation will illuminate how foresight with design and design with foresight can inform organizational strategic innovation decision-making with creativity, visualization and prototyping capabilities. Specifically, the aim in whole systems design foresight is to highlight the interconnecting aspects of strategic foresight and design, and expand the conversation to include design principles in strategic foresight processes in order to transform individual experiences, frameworks and perspectives into a shared, understandable, and an actionable area of insight into the future. Resulting from theoretical and applied field research in diverse industry context, a series of conceptual ‘high-level’ futures thinking factors were identified: (1) Achieving insights and alignment around current reality; (2) Facilitating a productive Design conversation; (3) Specifying a portfolio of desirable futures; and (4) Active experimentation to gather new knowledge and learning. Consequently, the purpose of this presentation is to make the case that decision makers need to rely on a new, emerging approach to the future in the increasing turbulent environments they face today. To this end, the foresight and design disciplines provide a new paradigm to approach the future that takes the uncertainties and opportunities of the current VUCA world into account.
Period18 Sep 2020
Event title2020 7th International Conference on Frontiers of Industrial Engineering (ICFIE)
Event typeConference
LocationSingapore, Singapore
Degree of RecognitionInternational