September 10, 2013

Every Day Is September 10

Patrick Marren
Partner

Happy Future Scenarios Awareness Day.Read more

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September 03, 2013

RIP, Ronald Coase 1910-2013

Patrick Marren
Partner

The legendary and ageless Ronald Coase has finally left the scene.

In honor of the great economist and thinker, we offer an article about his work from six years ago.Read more

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August 02, 2013

How Doctors - and We - Think

Patrick Marren
Partner

Scenarios are like second, third, fourth and fifth opinions.Read more

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May 08, 2013

The War on the Future

Patrick Marren
Partner

Some say our era is dominated by the war between the left and the right. But the real war right now is the war of the present against the future. Read more

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April 22, 2013

The Boston Marathon Bombing, Al Gore, Byron Reese, and Scenario Planning

Patrick Marren
Partner

While the surreal drama of the Marathon Bombing and the subsequent manhunt was going on last week, I was reading two books about the future.

I was expecting to be annoyed by Al Gore's book The Future, and to be energized by Byron Reese's Infinite Progress. But it didn't quite turn out that way.

I have certainly enjoyed and been energized by Reese's book. Its subtitle, How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger and War, gives you an idea of its thesis. It is a good antidote to the kind of doomsaying futurism that we...Read more

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March 04, 2013

Scenario Planning: Warren Buffett, Gottfried von Leibniz, Blaise Pascal, and Peter Bernstein

Gerard Smith
Managing Principal

Why these people would think scenario planning was awesome.Read more

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March 04, 2013

March 4 Historical Notes

Patrick Marren
Partner

March 4th... but not before doing some scenario planning.Read more

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March 03, 2013

3/2 Events

Patrick Marren
Partner

Things that happened for which scenario planning was or might have been useful on this date in history.

537: Ostrogoths begin a siege of Rome. Belisarius almost gets caught outside the walls, but makes it inside in time to lead a successful long-term resistance to the siege (probably thanks to a primitive form of scenario planning).

1484: The College of Arms or Herald's College is established in England by Richard III just in time to get him a family crest before he is killed (due undoubtedly to a dire lack of scenario planning) at Bosworth Field and buried, again due to a...Read more

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March 01, 2013

March First? Scenario Plan First, Then March

Patrick Marren
Partner

Things that happened on March 1 through history with which scenario planning might have helped.Read more

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February 28, 2013

Last day of February: Scenarios Unplanned For

Patrick Marren
Partner

It's not what you don't know that gets you, it's what you don't do scenario planning for.Read more

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