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Over the years, I've learned how to use dozens of futurist tools and methods and took note of all theory available. At first I was overwhelmed by all the possibilities to study the future. However, during my fieldwork I noticed that for futurists, no matter which approach they choose, creating a meaningful conversation was key.

This made me realize that the future belongs to all of us - most of us just didn’t learn to use it yet. 

In my work I rely on former president Eisenhouwer's eloquent description of how urgent matters are not important and important matters not urgent. I have noticed our diaries and schedules are often filled with urgent tasks, making it difficult to keep an eye on the important stuff - the long term. If you would like to know how to incorporate futures thinking in your life, feel free to connect with me. 

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Published May 15, 2020: my phd thesis titled 'Becoming Futurists'. 

When I first set foot in the future industry, I noticed how diverse futurists were, producing an array of insightful yet individual reports, workshops, presentations, designs, etc. At the time, I observed that many futurists were actively building towards becoming a profession. To be of value in this process, I decided to pursue a PhD thesis, with the aim to help futurists reflect on their work, and contribute to this relatively new discipline. The result is my book, Becoming Futurists, in which I propose a broader view on professionalization with futurists as exemplary case.

Photo by Diederick Bulstra

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lecturing on futures thinking | applying futurist methods | navigating the sea of futurists 

Inspiration

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| The Trend Research Lab that I co-founded with my colleagues at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries

|Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Bumped into this image on a wall of one

| Everything that happens at MIT Media Lab

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| The fonts that Coco Capitán 

creates for Gucci et al

| The portraits of Diederick Bulstra

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| This work on utopias by Carlijn Kingma