Our exponential pace is due in part to the overwhelming number of building blocks available to innovate. Understanding how these building blocks combine provides a glimpse into possible futures. In this visual, dots connect to portray the building blocks that are likely to extend our healthy lives – a key emerging future scenario.
A different type of canvas is required to iterate with this emerging future in a way that makes it actionable. The convergence occurring across the sciences, technology, economics, society, ethics, and politics is amplifying both speed and impact. Our future thinking canvas could look similar to this visual (with the societal factors sitting in the middle; as they do in the normal Visual). The canvas would include the holistic digital foundation, innovation accelerators in science and technology, societal factors, and a number of possible future scenarios. It would consider the ecosystems that likely form around these scenarios and allow us to evaluate our potential role. I believe this type of dot connecting in a future thinking context is critical to the analysis required to understand and create our future.