The Future Visions toolkit

Throughout this series we have been asking each of our Future Visions experts to name one thing they would put in their future toolkit, be it an item, practice or discipline that would help them to successfully work and live in 2037.

It’s fair to say that the answers have been somewhat varied, which is just what we’d expect from a panel made up of futurists, entrepreneurs, and cognitive neuroscientists. Take a look at what we’ve packed in our Future Visions toolkit and let us know what one thing you’d add.

1. Read 'Drive' by Daniel Pink, says Dr James Bellini.

"I would say start by studying sociology in order to understand what shapes human expectations in this future workplace. One starting point would be to read a book called Drive by Daniel Pink, which looks at what motivates younger generations in the workplace."

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2. Live in the now and don’t wait, says Araceli Camargo.

"The best way of ensuring your future is to do things in the presence, make sure what you’re doing now is done with good intentions and really matters to you - that’s not something you have to wait until 2037 to do."

3. Spend eight weeks learning about digital technology, says Peter Smith.

"Everyone needs to understand how digital technology works, so to do that you need to go experiment with code, learn how software is structured and so on. The good news is that you could probably do this in eight weeks during your evenings. If you’re investing in a long curve then this is an excellent way to spend a couple months of your time."

4. Use micro-actions, says Cindy Gallop.

"One of my philosophies is ‘micro-actions’, these are incredibly small and easy to do actions that - they’re so easy that why wouldn’t you do them?

"The reason they’re important is because change happens from the bottom up, not the top down. The old world order of things happening through hierarchies is dead."

5. Change the way you plan says, Tracey Follows.

"If businesses are to operate in the era of prediction, then they themselves will need to re-think the basic tools of business. For years we have been sold on the idea of a five-year plan but actually that is becoming less and less useful: the mid-term is over. Businesses are now focusing on two time horizons to achieve growth: the long term vision and the short term activation."

6. Stop listening to podcasts says, Ben Hammersley.

"Futureproofing should be worrying about what life will be like next week, then once we get there keep repeating the process. Pop this podcast down, go away and start thinking about what really fulfils you, take those lessons and apply them to whatever it is you do from Monday to Friday."

If you'd like to learn more abou the future of business then check out our Future Visions section, which includes long read essays and interviews with all of our experts, as well as Richard Branson.

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