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London Calling

London Calling Braden Kelley

by Braden Kelley

I will be in London attending a reunion soon and have some availability May 15-17, 2024 if anyone would like to book a keynote, workshop, or advisory session while I’m there.

Are you looking to build a continuous innovation infrastructure in your organization?

Would you like to learn more about the Change Planning Toolkit?

Want to learn how to become your own Futurist using the FutureHacking™ suite of tools?

I’m also open to helping promote a get together if someone has a space in central London to offer up for hosting a Human-Centered Change and Innovation community meetup.

Contact me if you have interest in any or all of these!

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Top 10 Human-Centered Change & Innovation Articles of February 2024

Top 10 Human-Centered Change & Innovation Articles of February 2024Drum roll please…

At the beginning of each month, we will profile the ten articles from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Human-Centered Change & Innovation. Did your favorite make the cut?

But enough delay, here are February’s ten most popular innovation posts:

  1. Will Innovation Management Leverage AI in the Future? — by Jesse Nieminen
  2. 4 Simple Steps to Becoming Your Own Futurist — by Braden Kelley
  3. Master the Customer Hierarchy of Needs – Embrace Customer Expectations — by Shep Hyken
  4. Science Fiction Becomes Innovation Reality This Way — by Greg Satell
  5. Are You Engaging in Innovation Theater? — by Mike Shipulski
  6. Innovation the Star of the 2024 NBA All-Star Game — by Braden Kelley
  7. This One Word Will Transform Your Approach to Innovation — by Robyn Bolton
  8. Announcing the Second Edition of Charting Change — by Braden Kelley
  9. Resistance to Innovation – What if electric cars came first? — by Dennis Stauffer
  10. Goals Are Not the Goal — by Mike Shipulski

BONUS – Here are five more strong articles published in January that continue to resonate with people:

If you’re not familiar with Human-Centered Change & Innovation, we publish 4-7 new articles every week built around innovation and transformation insights from our roster of contributing authors and ad hoc submissions from community members. Get the articles right in your Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin feeds too!

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Human-Centered Change & Innovation is open to contributions from any and all innovation and transformation professionals out there (practitioners, professors, researchers, consultants, authors, etc.) who have valuable human-centered change and innovation insights to share with everyone for the greater good. If you’d like to contribute, please contact me.

P.S. Here are our Top 40 Innovation Bloggers lists from the last four years:

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Top 100 Innovation and Transformation Articles of 2023

Top 100 Innovation and Transformation Articles of 2023

2021 marked the re-birth of my original Blogging Innovation blog as a new blog called Human-Centered Change and Innovation.

Many of you may know that Blogging Innovation grew into the world’s most popular global innovation community before being re-branded as InnovationExcellence.com and being ultimately sold to DisruptorLeague.com.

Thanks to an outpouring of support I’ve ignited the fuse of this new multiple author blog around the topics of human-centered change, innovation, transformation and design.

I feel blessed that the global innovation and change professional communities have responded with a growing roster of contributing authors and more than 17,000 newsletter subscribers.

To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation and Transformation Articles of 2023 from our archive of over 1,800 articles on these topics.

We do some other rankings too.

We just published the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2023 and as the volume of this blog has grown we have brought back our monthly article ranking to complement this annual one.

But enough delay, here are the 100 most popular innovation and transformation posts of 2023.

Did your favorite make the cut?

1. Fear is a Leading Indicator of Personal Growth – by Mike Shipulski

2. The Education Business Model Canvas – by Arlen Meyers

3. Act Like an Owner – Revisited! – by Shep Hyken

4. Free Innovation Maturity Assessment – by Braden Kelley

5. The Role of Stakeholder Analysis in Change Management – by Art Inteligencia

6. What is Human-Centered Change? – by Braden Kelley

7. Sustaining Imagination is Hard – by Braden Kelley

8. The One Movie All Electric Car Designers Should Watch – by Braden Kelley

9. 50 Cognitive Biases Reference – Free Download – by Braden Kelley

10. A 90% Project Failure Rate Means You’re Doing it Wrong – by Mike Shipulski

11. No Regret Decisions: The First Steps of Leading through Hyper-Change – by Phil Buckley

12. Reversible versus Irreversible Decisions – by Farnham Street

13. Three Maps to Innovation Success – by Robyn Bolton

14. Why Most Corporate Innovation Programs Fail (And How To Make Them Succeed) – by Greg Satell

15. The Paradox of Innovation Leadership – by Janet Sernack

16. Innovation Management ISO 56000 Series Explained – by Diana Porumboiu

17. An Introduction to Journey Maps – by Braden Kelley

18. Sprint Toward the Innovation Action – by Mike Shipulski

19. Marriott’s Approach to Customer Service – by Shep Hyken

20. Should a Bad Grade in Organic Chemistry be a Doctor Killer? – NYU Professor Fired for Giving Students Bad Grades – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

21. How Networks Power Transformation – by Greg Satell

22. Are We Abandoning Science? – by Greg Satell

23. A Tipping Point for Organizational Culture – by Janet Sernack

24. Latest Interview with the What’s Next? Podcast – with Braden Kelley

25. Scale Your Innovation by Mapping Your Value Network – by John Bessant

26. Leveraging Emotional Intelligence in Change Leadership – by Art Inteligencia

27. Visual Project Charter™ – 35″ x 56″ (Poster Size) and JPG for Online Whiteboarding – by Braden Kelley

28. Unintended Consequences. The Hidden Risk of Fast-Paced Innovation – by Pete Foley

29. A Shortcut to Making Strategic Trade-Offs – by Geoffrey A. Moore

30. 95% of Work is Noise – by Mike Shipulski


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31. 8 Strategies to Future-Proofing Your Business & Gaining Competitive Advantage – by Teresa Spangler

32. The Nine Innovation Roles – by Braden Kelley

33. The Fail Fast Fallacy – by Rachel Audige

34. What is the Difference Between Signals and Trends? – by Art Inteligencia

35. A Top-Down Open Innovation Approach – by Geoffrey A. Moore

36. FutureHacking – Be Your Own Futurist – by Braden Kelley

37. Five Key Digital Transformation Barriers – by Howard Tiersky

38. The Malcolm Gladwell Trap – by Greg Satell

39. Four Characteristics of High Performing Teams – by David Burkus

40. ACMP Standard for Change Management® Visualization – 35″ x 56″ (Poster Size) – Association of Change Management Professionals – by Braden Kelley

41. 39 Digital Transformation Hacks – by Stefan Lindegaard

42. The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Future Employment – by Chateau G Pato

43. A Triumph of Artificial Intelligence Rhetoric – Understanding ChatGPT – by Geoffrey A. Moore

44. Imagination versus Knowledge – Is imagination really more important? – by Janet Sernack

45. A New Innovation Sphere – by Pete Foley

46. The Pyramid of Results, Motivation and Ability – Changing Outcomes, Changing Behavior – by Braden Kelley

47. Three HOW MIGHT WE Alternatives That Actually Spark Creative Ideas – by Robyn Bolton

48. Innovation vs. Invention vs. Creativity – by Braden Kelley

49. Where People Go Wrong with Minimum Viable Products – by Greg Satell

50. Will Artificial Intelligence Make Us Stupid? – by Shep Hyken


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51. A Global Perspective on Psychological Safety – by Stefan Lindegaard

52. Customer Service is a Team Sport – by Shep Hyken

53. Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2022 – Curated by Braden Kelley

54. A Flop is Not a Failure – by John Bessant

55. Generation AI Replacing Generation Z – by Braden Kelley

56. ‘Innovation’ is Killing Innovation. How Do We Save It? – by Robyn Bolton

57. Ten Ways to Make Time for Innovation – by Nick Jain

58. The Five Keys to Successful Change – by Braden Kelley

59. Back to Basics: The Innovation Alphabet – by Robyn Bolton

60. The Role of Stakeholder Analysis in Change Management – by Art Inteligencia

61. Will CHATgpt make us more or less innovative? – by Pete Foley

62. 99.7% of Innovation Processes Miss These 3 Essential Steps – by Robyn Bolton

63. Rethinking Customer Journeys – by Geoffrey A. Moore

64. Reasons Change Management Frequently Fails – by Greg Satell

65. The Experiment Canvas™ – 35″ x 56″ (Poster Size) – by Braden Kelley

66. AI Has Already Taken Over the World – by Braden Kelley

67. How to Lead Innovation and Embrace Innovative Leadership – by Diana Porumboiu

68. Five Questions All Leaders Should Always Be Asking – by David Burkus

69. Latest Innovation Management Research Revealed – by Braden Kelley

70. A Guide to Effective Brainstorming – by Diana Porumboiu

71. Unlocking the Power of Imagination – How Humans and AI Can Collaborate for Innovation and Creativity – by Teresa Spangler

72. Rise of the Prompt Engineer – by Art Inteligencia

73. Taking Care of Yourself is Not Impossible – by Mike Shipulski

74. Design Thinking Facilitator Guide – A Crash Course in the Basics – by Douglas Ferguson

75. What Have We Learned About Digital Transformation Thus Far? – by Geoffrey A. Moore

76. Building a Better Change Communication Plan – by Braden Kelley

77. How to Determine if Your Problem is Worth Solving – by Mike Shipulski

78. Increasing Organizational Agility – by Braden Kelley

79. Mystery of Stonehenge Solved – by Braden Kelley

80. Agility is the 2023 Success Factor – by Soren Kaplan


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81. The Five Gifts of Uncertainty – by Robyn Bolton

82. 3 Innovation Types Not What You Think They Are – by Robyn Bolton

83. Using Limits to Become Limitless – by Rachel Audige

84. What Disruptive Innovation Really Is – by Geoffrey A. Moore

85. Today’s Customer Wants to Go Fast – by Shep Hyken

86. The 6 Building Blocks of Great Teams – by David Burkus

87. Unlock Hundreds of Ideas by Doing This One Thing – Inspired by Hollywood – by Robyn Bolton

88. Moneyball and the Beginning, Middle, and End of Innovation – by Robyn Bolton

89. There are Only 3 Reasons to Innovate – Which One is Yours? – by Robyn Bolton

90. A Shortcut to Making Strategic Trade-Offs – by Geoffrey A. Moore

91. Customer Experience Personified – by Braden Kelley

92. 3 Steps to a Truly Terrific Innovation Team – by Robyn Bolton

93. Building a Positive Team Culture – by David Burkus

94. Apple Watch Must Die – by Braden Kelley

95. Kickstarting Change and Innovation in Uncertain Times – by Janet Sernack

96. Take Charge of Your Mind to Reclaim Your Potential – by Janet Sernack

97. Psychological Safety, Growth Mindset and Difficult Conversations to Shape the Future – by Stefan Lindegaard

98. 10 Ways to Rock the Customer Experience In 2023 – by Shep Hyken

99. Artificial Intelligence is Forcing Us to Answer Some Very Human Questions – by Greg Satell

100. 23 Ways in 2023 to Create Amazing Experiences – by Shep Hyken

Curious which article just missed the cut? Well, here it is just for fun:

101. Why Business Strategies Should Not Be Scientific – by Greg Satell

These are the Top 100 innovation and transformation articles of 2023 based on the number of page views. If your favorite Human-Centered Change & Innovation article didn’t make the cut, then send a tweet to @innovate and maybe we’ll consider doing a People’s Choice List for 2023.

If you’re not familiar with Human-Centered Change & Innovation, we publish 1-6 new articles every week focused on human-centered change, innovation, transformation and design insights from our roster of contributing authors and ad hoc submissions from community members. Get the articles right in your Facebook feed or on Twitter or LinkedIn too!

Editor’s Note: Human-Centered Change & Innovation is open to contributions from any and all the innovation & transformation professionals out there (practitioners, professors, researchers, consultants, authors, etc.) who have a valuable insight to share with everyone for the greater good. If you’d like to contribute, contact us.

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Top 100 Innovation and Transformation Articles of 2022

Top 100 Innovation and Transformation Articles of 2022

2021 marked the re-birth of my original Blogging Innovation blog as a new blog called Human-Centered Change and Innovation.

Many of you may know that Blogging Innovation grew into the world’s most popular global innovation community before being re-branded as InnovationExcellence.com and being ultimately sold to DisruptorLeague.com.

Thanks to an outpouring of support I’ve ignited the fuse of this new multiple author blog around the topics of human-centered change, innovation, transformation and design.

I feel blessed that the global innovation and change professional communities have responded with a growing roster of contributing authors and more than 17,000 newsletter subscribers.

To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation and Transformation Articles of 2022 from our archive of over 1,000 articles on these topics.

We do some other rankings too.

We just published the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2022 and as the volume of this blog has grown we have brought back our monthly article ranking to complement this annual one.

But enough delay, here are the 100 most popular innovation and transformation posts of 2022.

Did your favorite make the cut?

1. A Guide to Organizing Innovation – by Jesse Nieminen

2. The Education Business Model Canvas – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

3. 50 Cognitive Biases Reference – Free Download – by Braden Kelley

4. Why Innovation Heroes Indicate a Dysfunctional Organization – by Steve Blank

5. The One Movie All Electric Car Designers Should Watch – by Braden Kelley

6. Don’t Forget to Innovate the Customer Experience – by Braden Kelley

7. What Latest Research Reveals About Innovation Management Software – by Jesse Nieminen

8. Is Now the Time to Finally End Our Culture of Disposability? – by Braden Kelley

9. Free Innovation Maturity Assessment – by Braden Kelley

10. Cognitive Bandwidth – Staying Innovative in ‘Interesting’ Times – by Pete Foley

11. Is Digital Different? – by John Bessant

12. Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2021 – Curated by Braden Kelley

13. Can We Innovate Like Elon Musk? – by Pete Foley

14. Why Amazon Wants to Sell You Robots – by Shep Hyken

15. Free Human-Centered Change Tools – by Braden Kelley

16. What is Human-Centered Change? – by Braden Kelley

17. Not Invented Here – by John Bessant

18. Top Five Reasons Customers Don’t Return – by Shep Hyken

19. Visual Project Charter™ – 35″ x 56″ (Poster Size) and JPG for Online Whiteboarding – by Braden Kelley

20. Nine Innovation Roles – by Braden Kelley

21. How Consensus Kills Innovation – by Greg Satell

22. Why So Much Innoflation? – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

23. ACMP Standard for Change Management® Visualization – 35″ x 56″ (Poster Size) – Association of Change Management Professionals – by Braden Kelley

24. 12 Reasons to Write Your Own Letter of Recommendation – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

25. The Five Keys to Successful Change – by Braden Kelley

26. Innovation Theater – How to Fake It ‘Till You Make It – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

27. Five Immutable Laws of Change – by Greg Satell

28. How to Free Ourselves of Conspiracy Theories – by Greg Satell

29. An Innovation Action Plan for the New CTO – by Steve Blank

30. How to Write a Failure Resume – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.


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31. Entrepreneurs Must Think Like a Change Leader – by Braden Kelley

32. No Regret Decisions: The First Steps of Leading through Hyper-Change – by Phil Buckley

33. Parallels Between the 1920’s and Today Are Frightening – by Greg Satell

34. Technology Not Always the Key to Innovation – by Braden Kelley

35. The Era of Moving Fast and Breaking Things is Over – by Greg Satell

36. A Startup’s Guide to Marketing Communications – by Steve Blank

37. You Must Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable – by Janet Sernack

38. Four Key Attributes of Transformational Leaders – by Greg Satell

39. We Were Wrong About What Drove the 21st Century – by Greg Satell

40. Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire – by Braden Kelley

41. Now is the Time to Design Cost Out of Our Products – by Mike Shipulski

42. Why Good Ideas Fail – by Greg Satell

43. Five Myths That Kill Change and Transformation – by Greg Satell

44. 600 Free Innovation, Transformation and Design Quote Slides – Curated by Braden Kelley

45. FutureHacking – by Braden Kelley

46. Innovation Requires Constraints – by Greg Satell

47. The Experiment Canvas™ – 35″ x 56″ (Poster Size) – by Braden Kelley

48. The Pyramid of Results, Motivation and Ability – by Braden Kelley

49. Four Paradigm Shifts Defining Our Next Decade – by Greg Satell

50. Why Most Corporate Mindset Programs Are a Waste of Time – by Alain Thys


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51. Impact of Cultural Differences on Innovation – by Jesse Nieminen

52. 600+ Downloadable Quote Posters – Curated by Braden Kelley

53. The Four Secrets of Innovation Implementation – by Shilpi Kumar

54. What Entrepreneurship Education Really Teaches Us – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

55. Reset and Reconnect in a Chaotic World – by Janet Sernack

56. You Can’t Innovate Without This One Thing – by Robyn Bolton

57. Why Change Must Be Built on Common Ground – by Greg Satell

58. Four Innovation Ecosystem Building Blocks – by Greg Satell

59. Problem Seeking 101 – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

60. Taking Personal Responsibility – Back to Leadership Basics – by Janet Sernack

61. The Lost Tribe of Medicine – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

62. Invest Yourself in All That You Do – by Douglas Ferguson

63. Bureaucracy and Politics versus Innovation – by Braden Kelley

64. Dare to Think Differently – by Janet Sernack

65. Bridging the Gap Between Strategy and Reality – by Braden Kelley

66. Innovation vs. Invention vs. Creativity – by Braden Kelley

67. Building a Learn It All Culture – by Braden Kelley

68. Real Change Requires a Majority – by Greg Satell

69. Human-Centered Innovation Toolkit – by Braden Kelley

70. Silicon Valley Has Become a Doomsday Machine – by Greg Satell

71. Three Steps to Digital and AI Transformation – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

72. We need MD/MBEs not MD/MBAs – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

73. What You Must Know Before Leading a Design Thinking Workshop – by Douglas Ferguson

74. New Skills Needed for a New Era of Innovation – by Greg Satell

75. The Leader’s Guide to Making Innovation Happen – by Jesse Nieminen

76. Marriott’s Approach to Customer Service – by Shep Hyken

77. Flaws in the Crawl Walk Run Methodology – by Braden Kelley

78. Disrupt Yourself, Your Team and Your Organization – by Janet Sernack

79. Why Stupid Questions Are Important to Innovation – by Greg Satell

80. Breaking the Iceberg of Company Culture – by Douglas Ferguson


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81. A Brave Post-Coronavirus New World – by Greg Satell

82. What Can Leaders Do to Have More Innovative Teams? – by Diana Porumboiu

83. Mentors Advise and Sponsors Invest – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

84. Increasing Organizational Agility – by Braden Kelley

85. Should You Have a Department of Artificial Intelligence? – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

86. This 9-Box Grid Can Help Grow Your Best Future Talent – by Soren Kaplan

87. Creating Employee Connection Innovations in the HR, People & Culture Space – by Chris Rollins

88. Developing 21st-Century Leader and Team Superpowers – by Janet Sernack

89. Accelerate Your Mission – by Brian Miller

90. How the Customer in 9C Saved Continental Airlines from Bankruptcy – by Howard Tiersky

91. How to Effectively Manage Remotely – by Douglas Ferguson

92. Leading a Culture of Innovation from Any Seat – by Patricia Salamone

93. Bring Newness to Corporate Learning with Gamification – by Janet Sernack

94. Selling to Generation Z – by Shep Hyken

95. Importance of Measuring Your Organization’s Innovation Maturity – by Braden Kelley

96. Innovation Champions and Pilot Partners from Outside In – by Arlen Meyers, M.D.

97. Transformation Insights – by Bruce Fairley

98. Teaching Old Fish New Tricks – by Braden Kelley

99. Innovating Through Adversity and Constraints – by Janet Sernack

100. It is Easier to Change People than to Change People – by Annette Franz

Curious which article just missed the cut? Well, here it is just for fun:

101. Chance to Help Make Futurism and Foresight Accessible – by Braden Kelley

These are the Top 100 innovation and transformation articles of 2022 based on the number of page views. If your favorite Human-Centered Change & Innovation article didn’t make the cut, then send a tweet to @innovate and maybe we’ll consider doing a People’s Choice List for 2022.

If you’re not familiar with Human-Centered Change & Innovation, we publish 1-6 new articles every week focused on human-centered change, innovation, transformation and design insights from our roster of contributing authors and ad hoc submissions from community members. Get the articles right in your Facebook feed or on Twitter or LinkedIn too!

Editor’s Note: Human-Centered Change & Innovation is open to contributions from any and all the innovation & transformation professionals out there (practitioners, professors, researchers, consultants, authors, etc.) who have a valuable insight to share with everyone for the greater good. If you’d like to contribute, contact us.

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What are Signals?

And how do signals relate to trends and futurology?

What are Signals?

GUEST POST from Art Inteligencia

Signals are important indicators of future trends and developments in a field. Futurology, the science of predicting the future, relies heavily on the ability to identify, analyze, and interpret signals that may indicate future changes or developments.

Signals can come from a variety of sources, including economic indicators, market data, industry trends, consumer behavior, and technological advances. By studying and interpreting these signals, experts in the field of futurology can develop predictions about the future.

For example, economic indicators such as GDP, the unemployment rate, and consumer spending can be used to identify signals that may indicate future changes in the economy. Market data such as stock prices, commodity prices, and currency exchange rates can be used to identify signals that may indicate future changes in the financial markets. Industry trends such as the rise of new technologies, the emergence of new business models, and the evolution of consumer behavior can be used to identify signals that may indicate future changes in markets and industries.

Signals can also be identified through the analysis of consumer behavior. For example, changes in consumer behavior, such as an increase in the use of online shopping or a shift in preferences towards healthier, organic foods, can be used to identify signals that may indicate future changes in consumer markets.

Finally, technological advances can be used to identify signals that may indicate future changes in a variety of fields. For example, the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to identify signals that may indicate future changes in the field of automation, or the development of new medical technologies can be used to identify signals that may indicate future changes in healthcare.

By analyzing and interpreting signals from a variety of sources, futurologists can make educated guesses about the future and develop predictions about the direction of a field and its emerging trends. This ability is essential for organizations that want to stay ahead of the curve and prepare for future changes.

Bottom line: Understanding signals is not quite the same thing as understanding the future, but signals lead to trends, and are a component of futurology. Trend spotters use a formal approach to achieve their outcomes (including looking for signals), but a methodology and tools like those in FutureHacking™ can empower anyone to be their own futurist and trend spotter.

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The Future of Transportation

Trends and Innovations

The Future of Transportation: Trends and Innovations

GUEST POST from Chateau G Pato

Transportation stands at the precipice of a seismic transformation. As urbanization frenetic paces, climate change looms large, and technology disrupts traditional models, transportation must pivot to more innovative, sustainable, and efficient systems. Let’s take a journey into the future of transportation and explore the trends and innovations reshaping this critical sector.

Trends Shaping the Future of Transportation

1. Electrification and Sustainable Mobility

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is well underway. Governments worldwide have set ambitious goals to phase out internal combustion engines. The drop in battery costs and improvements in charging infrastructure are making electric vehicles more accessible. Sustainable mobility also includes the rise of active transport modes like biking and walking, supported by comprehensive urban planning that promotes compact, walkable communities.

2. Autonomous Systems

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) promise to revolutionize transit by reducing accidents caused by human error and improving traffic flow. These systems are not just confined to personal vehicles; autonomous buses, trucks, and even drones are on the horizon. They bring a leap in efficiency and herald significant cost reductions for logistics and public transport.

3. Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

Urban air mobility includes the use of drones and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for passenger and goods transport. Eying on reducing urban congestion, this emerging sector sees companies like Uber and Airbus experimenting with aerial ridesharing and freight delivery solutions.

4. Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

The concept of Mobility as a Service integrates various forms of transport services into a single accessible on-demand platform. With the goal of smoother, more efficient urban travel, MaaS platforms convey a shift from individual car ownership to shared, multi-modal transport solutions.

Case Study 1: Tesla and The Electrification of Personal Mobility

Undoubtedly, Tesla has become synonymous with the electric vehicle revolution. What sets Tesla apart isn’t just its sleek, high-performance cars, but its ecosystem approach to sustainable transportation.

The Innovation

Tesla’s key innovation lies in its battery technology and network of Supercharger stations that make long-distance travel feasible for electric cars. The company’s vertically integrated production process also helps reduce costs and maintain supply chain efficiency.

The Impact

Tesla’s achievements have prompted traditional automakers to accelerate their electrification plans, contributing to deadlines for phasing out gasoline and diesel cars globally. Furthermore, it has spurred innovation in renewable energy storage, creating synergies between the electric grid and transportation.

Future Prospects

Tesla is also developing autonomous driving capabilities with its Full Self-Driving (FSD) system. As the software matures, it could seamlessly integrate into various modes of transport, from high-speed underground tunnels to its futuristic Cybertruck.

Case Study 2: Waymo and The Next Frontier of Autonomous Mobility

Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle project, is a pioneer in self-driving technology. The company has made strides not only in developing competent AVs but in understanding the complexities of deploying them in real-world environments.

The Innovation

Waymo’s innovation lies in its comprehensive approach to autonomous driving. The company has logged millions of miles of autonomous driving, gathering vast amounts of data to refine its machine learning models. Waymo One, its ride-hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona, marks a significant milestone in commercial AV deployment.

The Impact

Waymo’s endeavors have set new benchmarks for the autonomous vehicle industry. The company’s progress has validated the feasibility of AV technology and laid the groundwork for broader acceptance and regulatory frameworks.

Future Prospects

Looking ahead, Waymo aims to expand its autonomous services to more cities and integrate them with existing public transport networks. This could substantially reduce commuting times, lower costs, and improve the passenger experience.

Conclusion

The future of transportation is being shaped by groundbreaking trends and innovative solutions. Electrification, autonomous systems, urban air mobility, and Mobility as a Service are not just technological advancements but steps toward a more sustainable, efficient, and resilient ecosystem. As seen through the examples of Tesla and Waymo, the integration of technology and visionary thinking can propel us into a new era of mobility.

Innovation in transportation is not just about moving people and goods from point A to point B; it’s about enhancing the quality of life, reducing our carbon footprint, and fostering connected communities. As we stand on the cusp of this transportation revolution, it’s crucial for stakeholders—from policymakers to technologists and consumers—to collaborate, adapt, and innovate for a better, more inclusive future.

By providing an in-depth look into transportation trends and spotlighting two key case studies, I aim to offer actionable insights into how the sector is evolving and what the future may hold.

SPECIAL BONUS: The very best change planners use a visual, collaborative approach to create their deliverables. A methodology and tools like those in Change Planning Toolkit™ can empower anyone to become great change planners themselves.

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What is Futurology?

What is Futurology?

GUEST POST from Art Inteligencia

Futurology, also known as prospective or future studies, is the science of predicting the future. It is a branch of social science and philosophy that seeks to understand the present in order to predict and plan for the future. Futurists and futurologists attempt to predict the future of humanity and the world, covering multiple disciplines such as politics, economics, technology, and culture.

As a field of study, futurology is relatively new and is still in the process of being developed. Its main goal is to provide insights on how to best prepare for the future. It is believed that by understanding the current trends and developments, futurologists can offer advice and guidance as to how to best prepare for what is to come.

Futurology is an interdisciplinary field that draws on elements of economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines in order to gain an understanding of the future. It is often used to inform public policy decisions and help businesses plan for the future.

Futurologists use a variety of methods to make predictions about the future. These methods include analyzing current trends, using statistical models, and making use of expert opinions. Futurology is also closely related to the study of science fiction, as it attempts to predict the world of tomorrow based on the current state of affairs.

Futurology is an ever-evolving field that is constantly changing with the times. As technology, politics, and culture continue to evolve, so too will the predictions made by futurists. It is an exciting and dynamic field of study that will only continue to grow in importance as we move into the future.

Bottom line: Futurology is not fortune telling. Futurists use a scientific approach to create their deliverables, but a methodology and tools like those in FutureHacking™ can empower anyone to engage in futurology themselves.

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Difference Between Possible, Potential and Preferred Futures

Difference Between Possible, Potential and Preferred Futures

GUEST POST from Art Inteligencia

The role of possible, potential and preferred futures is an often-discussed topic within the field of futures studies. Futures studies, also known as “foresight”, is an interdisciplinary field of study focused on understanding and anticipating the future. Within the field, there are three distinct concepts of the future – possible, potential and preferred futures – each with their own distinct roles and implications.

Possible futures are those that are considered to be theoretically feasible and within the realm of reality. These futures are often explored through scenario planning, a technique used to identify possible future states and their potential consequences. Possible futures are important to consider as they provide a starting point for deeper exploration and analysis.

Potential futures are those that are considered to be likely to happen, based on current trends and technological developments. Potential futures are important to consider as they provide an indication of what is likely to happen in the future and can be used to inform decisions and strategies.

Preferred futures are those that are desired, often based on values, visions and goals. Preferred futures are important as they act as a guiding light for decision-making and help to ensure that actions are taken in line with desired outcomes.

The role of possible, potential and preferred futures is to provide a comprehensive view of the future, and to enable informed decision-making and strategy development. By exploring the potential implications of each type of future, it is possible to gain a better understanding of the future and make decisions accordingly.

Bottom line: Futurology is not fortune telling. Futurists use a scientific approach to create their deliverables, but a methodology and tools like those in FutureHacking™ can empower anyone to engage in futurology themselves.

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25 Free Futures Research and Futurology Resources

25 Free Futures Research and Futurology Resources

GUEST POST from Art Inteligencia

One of the biggest barriers to getting started in futurology or futures research is knowing where to go to find information to educate and inform oneself about some of the basics of becoming a futurist and for raw materials to use in support of your first future studies or futurology efforts.

To help with that I have compiled a list of twenty-five resources to get you started in addition to this web site and Braden Kelley’s very excellent FutureHacking™ tools. So, without further delay, here is the list:

1. The Institute for the Future:

https://www.iftf.org/ – The Institute for the Future is a research organization that is focused on understanding emerging trends and long-term changes in the world.

2. The World Future Society

https://www.wfs.org/ – The World Future Society is a global network that works to explore and shape the future.

3. The Millennium Project

http://www.millennium-project.org/ – The Millennium Project is an independent global think tank that works to create a vision and action plan for a better future.

4. The Foresight Institute

https://www.foresight.org/ – The Foresight Institute is an organization that seeks to promote the responsible development of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.

5. The Institute for New Economic Thinking

https://www.ineteconomics.org/ – The Institute for New Economic Thinking is a global think tank that works to promote critical economic analysis and new economic models.

6. The Hub of Futurism

https://www.hubof-futurism.com/ – The Hub of Futurism is a platform that brings together and connects futurists, thinkers, and innovators.

7. The Center for Science and the Imagination

https://scifi.asu.edu/ – The Center for Science and the Imagination is a research center dedicated to exploring the intersection of science and culture.

8. The Future of Life Institute

https://futureoflife.org/ – The Future of Life Institute is a research center that works to study, protect, and promote the future of life on Earth.

9. The Futurist Magazine

https://www.wfs.org/futurist – A magazine published by the World Future Society that features articles on technological, social, and economic changes and their implications on the future.

10. IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/ – A magazine published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers that covers the technological advances and their effects on the future.

11. Singularity Hub

https://singularityhub.com/ – A website featuring articles on topics related to artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology and their implications for the future.

12. Futurism

https://futurism.com/ – A website featuring news and opinion pieces about developments in science, technology, and the future.

13. The Futurist Podcast

https://thefuturistpodcast.com/ – A podcast featuring interviews with leading experts and thought leaders on topics related to the future.

14. The Institute for the Future

https://www.iftf.org/ – A research organization that provides resources and research on the future of technology, work, and society.

15. World Economic Forum

https://www.weforum.org/ – A platform featuring reports and discussions on topics related to the global economy and the future of work.

16. The Long Now Foundation

https://longnow.org/ – A foundation providing resources about long-term thinking and decision making for the future.

17. The Technology Review

https://www.technologyreview.com/ – A website featuring news and opinion pieces about emerging technologies and their implications for the future.

18. The Future of Life Institute

https://futureoflife.org/ – A research institute providing resources and research on the implications of emerging technologies on the future.

19. Futurism.com

https://futurism.com/ – A website dedicated to exploring the world of technological advances and the future of humanity.

20. Futurum Research

https://futurumresearch.com/ – An independent research firm that provides insights, analysis, and forecasts about the future of business and technology.

21. The Futures Agency

https://www.thefuturesagency.com/ – A consultancy dedicated to helping organizations, leaders, and individuals identify and prepare for the future.

22. Future of Life Institute

https://futureoflife.org/ – A research and outreach organization dedicated to exploring the potential of artificial intelligence and its implications for the future of humanity.

23. Long Now Foundation

https://longnow.org/ – A nonprofit organization that works to inspire long-term thinking and foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

24. Center for the Study of the Drone

https://dronecenter.bard.edu/ – A research center that provides analysis, education, and policy advice on the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones).

25. Massive Change Network

https://massivechangenetwork.org/ – An international network of organizations, cities, and individuals working to create a more sustainable and equitable world.

This is of course not an exhaustive list of all the futurology and futures research resources out there, but it is a good start to supplement all of the futurology articles here on this website.

Bottom line: Futurology and prescience are not fortune telling. Futurists use a scientific approach to create their deliverables, but a methodology and tools like those in FutureHacking™ can empower anyone to engage in futurology themselves.

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