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APF First Friday: "Full-Spectrum Thinking" with Bob Johansen
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APF's First Friday Member MeetUp for October 2nd is “Full-Spectrum Thinking" with Bob Johansen, IFTF. Event details:

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When: Friday, Oct 2, 2020
12 noon & 5 pm London
Where: Online via Zoom
Contact: Jay Gary

Online registration is available until: 10/2/2020
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Full-Spectrum ThinkingBob Johansen, distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley will bring a session on his new book, "Full-Spectrum Thinking" (Berrett-Koehler, 2020). Bob will ask, "How do we escape boxes in a post-categorical future?" APF Chair, Jay Gary, will host the event.


We live in a world where we are increasingly categorized by something we are not. The future will get even more perplexing over the next decade, and we are not ready. The future will be a scramble: an asymmetrical patchwork of urgency, panic, imbalance, and hope. The dilemma is that we're restricted by rigid categorical thinking that freezes people and organizations in neatly defined boxes that often are inaccurate or obsolete. Categories lead us toward certainty but away from clarity, and categorical thinking moves us away from understanding the bigger picture. Sticking with this old way of thinking and seeing isn't just foolish, it's dangerous.

Full-spectrum thinking is the ability to get unstuck from stereotypes and to seek patterns and clarity outside, across, beyond, or maybe even without any boxes or categories while resisting false certainty and simplistic binary choices.


This is a members-only event. The meeting will last 60 minutes, and include discussion about the use of diverse foresight methods to "work the future." Breakout discussions will consider: 

  • What categories do you use to describe yourself? In what way has that helped you not to get boxed in or pigeonholed?

  • How can we as futurists depolarize critical conversations to allow for a wider range of alternatives between binary choices? 


Full-Spectrum ThinkingTo prepare, members should view Johansen's YouTube and browse the Institute for the Future. and listen to Chapter 1 of Johansen's book:

This members-only MeetUp will be hosted at both 12 noon and 5:00 pm London time for those in different time zones (Time Zone Converter). The best of both live programs will be recorded for members who wish to view the archive. 


Those who register will receive a URL notification of this Zoom meeting via email, immediately after registration, as well as 12-hours in advance.


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