A Day in the Life of a Futurist

Many people ask me what a futurist does and I answer differently every time. Partly because I don’t know what sort of futurist I am yet, and partly because what I do varies so much from day to day.

Yesterday looked something like this:

08.30
Reflecting on a communications strategy for an open foresight workshop I’m running for Hub Melbourne.

10.30 
Uploading a slideshare presentation for the information session held the day before.

 

12.50
Tweeting and reading

14.00
Driving out to Footscray with my friends and fellow foresight practitioners Gregor and Kieran to check out Centre for Transformative Creativity – an upcoming hackerspace and makerlab in the the Western surburbs.

15.00
Watching a dog.

16.30
Dropping off the book A Theory of Fun at Hub Melbourne.

18.00
Riding my bike out to Swinburne university to explore the essence of foresight with the Melbourne Strategic Foresight Meetup.

21.00
Drinking a beer at The Fox hotel in Collingwood.

So, that is what this futurist does.

UPDATE:

After posting the above I thought it might be interesting to complement what a futurist does, with what a futurist thinks and feels during a day. Here goes….

Yesterday looked something like this:

08.30
Doing: Reflecting on a communications strategy for an open foresight workshop I’m running for Hub Melbourne.

Thinking: How can I communicate the output of this foresight process to different layers of an organisation with free/cheap on and offline tools and platforms?

Feeling: Excitement. Frameworks and models are cool…

10.30 
Doing: Uploading a slideshare presentation for the information session held the day before.

Thinking: Will anyone ever look at this? It doesn’t matter. If they do they do. If they don’t they don’t. 

Feeling: Boredom after a while. Powerpoint is not fun

 

12.50
Doing: Tweeting and reading

Thinking: About all the possibilities and pathways we can take for the future

Feeling: Happy and hopeful

14.00
Doing: Driving out to Footscray with my friends and fellow foresight practitioners Gregor and Kieran to check out Centre for Transformative Creativity – an upcoming hackerspace and makerlab in the the Western surburbs.

Thinking: Networked creation spaces might be the way to start a true peer-to-peer revolution, which are combined drone labs, social enterprise incubators, learning cafés and places to build social capital for immigrants.

Feeling: Overwhelmed and excited

15.00
Doing: Watching a dog.

Thinking: Nothing

Feeling: Relaxed

16.30
Doing: Dropping off the book A Theory of Fun at Hub Melbourne.

Thinking: More people (including me) should probably read this book.

Feeling: Good 

18.00
Doing: Riding my bike out to Swinburne university to explore the essence of foresight with the Melbourne Strategic Foresight Meetup.

Thinking: About the future and what I will do as a futurist

Feeling: Content, challenged

21.00
Doing: Drinking a beer at The Fox hotel in Collingwood.

Thinking: How will all this make sense in hindsight?

Feeling: Hungry, tired, inspired.

So, that is what this futurist does, thinks and feels.

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3 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Futurist

  1. Very nice Adam. Love your reflections and meta-reflections. As I was reading I was aware of how you presented a retrospective narrative of one of your days … and I'm wondering … how interesting it would be to present a prospective storyline of a day yet to come? Neil

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