Environmental Scanning

An environmental scan identifies existing trends, emerging developments and important outcomes in areas that are important for the client. Environmental scanning engage corporate divisions in identifying what will matter most if change comes with surprising speed. Scans often include “weak signals” that might otherwise go unnoticed by an organization. Identifying weak signals early can turn into a powerful advantage for a company. It also shows boards and management what issues will be coming onto their agendas.

Here is a sample of the topics we have explored recently for a wide range of clients:

– Collaborative Consumption: Rent, Don’t Buy
– Robotic
– 3D Printing Disruptive Applications
– Demographic Cohorts Shaped by Technologies
– Aging Societies
– Personalized Risk and Targeted Therapies
– Neuroscience for Eastern Medicine
– Community Economics: Scrip and Time Banking
– Agricultural Revolutions in the Making
– Renewable Energy Technologies and Storage
– Anticipatory Democracy Updates*

* Anticipatory Democracy is a concept that was developed by renowned futurist and AFA cofounder Clem Bezold in the early to mid 1970s, from an original idea by author and AFA cofounder Alvin Toffler in his book Future Shock. “The simplest definition of anticipatory democracy (or A/D) is that it is a process for combining citizen participation with future consciousness.” (Alvin Toffler, Future Shock)