"No matter how much you study the future, it will always surprise you. But you don't have to be dumbfounded."
~ Kenneth Boulding (1910 – 1993), economist, educator, peace activist, poet, religious mystic, systems scientist, and interdisciplinary philosopher;
As I interpret it, it doesn't have to stun us into inaction. We can take massive and consistent action to explore the future.
Strategic tools and strategies like environmental scanning, context mapping, graphic history, SPOT matrix, implications analysis, vulnerability audit, strategic visioning, life-scaping or future-scaping are extremely useful in helping us to understand what's going on around us and what we can do to move forward into the future.
All we need is a sense of wonder and a sense of discovery.
[The following life-scaping graphics are the handiwork of my good buddy, Dilip Mukerjea, in Mumbai, India.]