The Shape of Innovation // Ep. 8: The value of foresight and futures work

The shape of business innovation has changed radically over the past 30 years. This podcast series explores the changing shape of innovation through conversations with real-world innovation practitioners and leaders.

In this 22’16” episode, Neil Ward-Dutton talks to Rob Gear, Futurist and Innovation Lab lead at PA Consulting, about how foresight and futures work provides framing for innovation programs.


Topics covered in this episode:

  • How the value of foresight and futurism work, done well, is about ‘provocation’ not ‘predictions’.
  • Making foresight work actionable.
  • The different applications of foresight work – from business vision creation, to innovation and ideation, to risk management.
  • The three critical success factors for foresight and futurism initiatives.

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