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Signals of the future are all around us.

What's a signal?

The photo above is an example. It was the first mask I saw lying as litter in my neighborhood in 2020. It made me wonder if we'd see more thrown-away masks in the future.

In futurist-speak, I wondered if this mask was a weak signal of the future.

A weak signal is:

  • Any observation that is surprising, amusing, ridiculous, or annoying. Novelty can be a sign of emergence.
  • Any observation that tells about change and makes sense to you, e.g. observations that convince you something is increasing or decreasing.

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Rebecca Ryan, APF
Rebecca Ryan, APF

Rebecca Ryan captains the ship. Trained as a futurist and an economist, Rebecca helps clients see what's coming - as a keynote speaker, a Futures Lab facilitator, an author of books, blogs and articles, a client advisor, and the founder of Futurist Camp. Check out her blog or watch her Q&A on how NGC helps organizations prepare for the future using Strategic Foresight. Contact Lisa Loniello for more information.

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