by Peter Saul
How does one become a “futurist” – in one’s own eyes and in the eyes of other people? What life experiences and professional experiences provide relevant learning for aspiring futurists; and for practising futurists who wish to develop their skills and their ability to deliver value to their employing organisations or consulting clients? Why do many futurists ignore the challenges involved in the personal journey that must be undertaken by leaders who wish to act on the insights that emerge from futures studies work in their organisations? Finally, why do there seem to be so few rich futurists? The author reflects on these and other questions in this article.