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For four decades, the Ten-Year Forecast has been a leading source of foresight for a vanguard of business, government, and community organizations. It is a platform for sensing today’s latent signals, tracking their intersections to understand the ecosystem of choices, and then designing platforms for future resilience.
2015 Research: An Overview
Over the last half century, we’ve watched in awe as the world cracked open and came online. In the next decade, we’ll be rocked by the aftershocks that will transform the very concept of economy.
We face a future in which our familiar templates for business plans are obsolete. Even the language of business planning—the very term business plan—may blind us to what it will take to weather the transformations of economies over the coming decade. This year’s research will map emerging templates of economic success and give shape to new ways of thinking about, talking about, and implementing “business plans” that are compatible with the future unfolding before us.
ANNUAL TEN-YEAR FORECAST CONFERENCE
Three days to build the foresight scaffold, experience the future, and reinvent yourself and your organization. The 2015 Annual Conference was an immersion in what’s possible in a world of shifting economies, urgent futures, and rapid prototyping. Held on May 6-8, 2015 in San Francisco, the conference:
- Mapped the new economies of the future
- Assessed emerging strategies for urgent futures
- Provided a toolkit for tapping new value flows
The starting place for the 2015 Ten-Year Forecast is the re-imagination of the economy. Through a series of videos, we explored different platforms that might transform our corporate and consumer economies, build new creative, collaborative, and civil economies, and even disrupt the global economy of crime. We viewed these economies through the lens of our urgent futures, questioning all our models of the economy and even beginning to rebuild the praxis of economics from the bottom-up—from the work of pioneers in making and hacking, in technological innovation and social invention.
TOOLKIT OF APIs FOR THE FUTURE
To thrive in this reimagined economy will require a remaking of the basic templates of commerce and social exchange for a networked world. To wrestle with this transition, the 2015 Ten-Year Forecast explores one of the foundational symbols of this networked world: the API. We identified critical APIs for the future and provided tools to turn them into practical opportunities for innovation and transformation.
2015 MAP OF THE DECADE
The annual Map of the Decade puts it all together: the big story of economic transformation, the platforms that these new economies will create, and the APIs for the future that will transform the way you think about everything from suppliers and customers to innovation and regulation. All of these, at a glance, in a visual map of the next ten years.
The Ten-Year Forecast program is an ongoing research effort. Membership for each year includes:
- Attendance at the Annual Conference
- Three printed sets of the annual research materials, including the annual Map of the Decade
- Access to the member-only website, containing research presentations, foresight processes, tools, and other materials that are never shared publicly