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Using “Artifacts from the Future” to Imagine Cognitively Distant Implications of Change

Author: Sam Miller


One of the main objectives of Foresight is to anticipate change and explore its implications for emerging opportunities.  One of the main challenges many leaders face is that perceptions are too tightly coupled to the paradigms of the status quo – leading to ideas that remain in close “cognitive proximity” to the current conditions. Overcoming these constraints and stretching to uncover cognitively distant ideas is a big challenge.  Students at the University of Notre Dame are gaining experience breaking these constraints using an emerging futures methodology.

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