Futures Competencies

Futures Competencies

Lucid Dreamwork

‘Dreaming up’ new technologies and new technological applications to bring them into being.

Analytical Rumination

The evolved adaptation that gives episode-related problems priority access to our limited processing resources, simply by reducing the desire to engage in distracting activities (anhedonia), as well as by producing psychomotor changes that reduce exposure to distracting stimuli.


The literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines.

Futures Consciousness

The ability to imagine future possibilities and act with competence and purpose toward the realization of individual and organizational hopes and aspirations.

Divergent Thinking

The ability to utilize processes or methods to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions.

Planetary Consciousness

The development of the cognitive capacity to contemplate alternative, hypothetical pluralistic planetary futures.

Radical Change Mindset

Being prepared for drastic political, economic, or social reforms and technological disruptions that radically (Latin: rādīx = roots) challenge traditional organizational and strategic approaches, as well as questioning unquestioned assumptions, namely, assumptions of the predominant authority of our time.


The ability to apply a therapeutic technique that helps to focus one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Growth Mindset

A love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

Exponential Sensemaking

The ability to sense the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed within times of exponential tech, changing change, and collective intelligence.

Worldbuilding Capacities

The process of actually constructing new realities based on a translation of the principles with which science-fiction and fantasy writers create their imaginary universes.

Evolutionary Cooperation

An understanding of the design, implementation, and initiation of new organizational models that foster and facilitate the evolution of trans-contextual, trans-paradigmatic, and trans-perspective cooperation.

Poetic Worldview

A cognitive orientation through which one can perceive the world in artistic and poetic flow-states of inspiration, revelation, and illumination.

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