Another Matt's scenarios

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Like Jones, Matt Locke has also been writing some mini scenarios. He found it difficult to come up with something he's happy with and has created two exam papers in an effort to avoid extensive exposition. I'm always up for unusual ways of presenting scenarios, but I'm not sure these quite work. It's a fun idea, and they subtly hint at events between now and 2018, but for a scenario to be useful you really want more than this heavily filtered glimpse. The questions read more like the framework for a scenario, and the student sitting the exam would be fleshing it out. Even then, one would be left with a description of the intervening years, rather than an evocative image of life in the future. But interesting reading nonetheless.

More and more frequently I find myself thinking I need to do some futures work myself, before I end up as merely an embittered critic of other peoples' efforts. If I'm not there already.

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You? embittered? nah. Maybe just morose.

Overmorgen is a valuable foresight service in its own right, after all: a participatory, on-line environmental scanning database. A+.

In fact, we're listing it in the DEFRA Horizon Scanning Baseline Scan as an ongoing scanning project of note. So you *are* doing futures work... and if your former futures professor doesn't get to say so, who does?

But if you want to branch out even more, we should talk....

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