A few years ago I walked into MIT Media Lab and realized: this is heaven for scholars like me. The MIT professors work without disciplines, are extremely open-minded and create cutting edge new ideas. It is an approach to science that I feel comfortable with. I tend to introduce myself as a sociologist by training, drawing from other disciplines like anthropology and science and technology studies to inform my research.
Studying the future is inherently looking for the edges too. I spend most of my time studying uncertainty, uneasiness, the not-knowing. If I am honest: these are topics I was trained out of when attending university. The generations of students I met during my time as a teacher helped me navigate my way back to them. And still I struggle to take my time for not-knowing, but I see it as a practice to stay aware of this challenge.
In the spring of 2020, I published my dissertation Becoming Futurists. An interdisciplinary work on futurists. As a scholar you can learn more about professionalization and how futurists are in the forefront of doing things differently on the shop floor. If you are interested in futurist mindset, this work gives you a great impression of how futurists think and work. I recommend you to read the valorization chapter in the back, it can be read as a manifest to think and act differently, I hope it inspires you.
A few times a year, I offer bespoke advice, which may vary from helping you to formulate a sound and actionable long-term vision, facilitating forward looking conversations or creating in-depth programs for your team. If you need a critical outsider to help you formulate what matters and how to think long term, reach out to me with the button below.
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In the online class ‘Becoming Futurists’, launching early 2022, I will guide you how to become a futurist. Based on my experience as a teacher and scholar I realised that the future belongs to all of us—but that most of us just didn’t learn to use it yet. I’m here to help you get started.
What to expect?
- The basics of futures thinking.
- Insights on how to use the futurist mindset to become more innovative in your work.
- Hands-on tools to integrate futures thinking in your work and life.
- A tailor-made plan to further enhance and develop your forward looking skills.
Tessa Cramer captured by Joni Israeli
I’m available for speaking & listening inquiries about the mindset of a futurist. Formats vary from crash courses for beginners to comprehensive sessions with experts.
Previous speaking engagements and workshops for:
Harvard University | Nyenrode | Pakhuis de Zwijger | de School | TNS NIPO | NSOB | Belastingdienst | Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid | Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit | Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat | Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken | OnlyHuman | Platform Duurzame Leveranciers | de Jonge Klimaatbeweging | Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst | University College Amsterdam | Radboud Universiteit | KPMG | Reinwardt Academie | Dutch Future Society | World Futures Studies Federation | World Future Society | Several academic conferences
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