The Future Today Institute helps leaders
and their organizations prepare for deep
uncertainty and complex futures.
FTI's 2020 Tech Trends Report
The Future Today Institute's 13th annual Tech Trends report identifies 406 emerging trends across 31 industries that will begin to enter the mainstream and fundamentally disrupt business, geopolitics and everyday life. We offer analysis, strategic recommendations, business opportunities and detailed risk assessments, as well as 26 futures scenarios.
The Axes of Uncertainty
Futurists use a simple tool in times of deep uncertainty. It’s called the Axes of Uncertainty, and it’s easy to understand and apply. Companies, like people, have limbic systems. Corporate anxiety can spread fast and cause leaders and teams to make poor decisions. Without concrete answers to questions about the future, corporate anxiety grows. We must shift our mindset from making predictions to being prepared. Use the Axes to help you and your organization prepare for disruption.
How To Do Strategic Planning Like a Futurist
Futurists think about time differently, and company strategists could learn from their approach. For any given uncertainty about the future — whether that’s risk, opportunity, or growth — we tend to think in the short- and long-term simultaneously. To do this, FTI uses a framework that measures certainty and charts actions, rather than simply marking the passage of time as quarters or years. That’s why FTI's timelines aren’t actually lines at all — they are cones.
2020 Tech Trends Research Highlights
From digital emissions to quantum and edge computing to digital twins, there were a number of interesting and surprising trends that surfaced as we developed FTI's 13th annual Tech Trends Report. We wrote a brief analysis describing what we found particularly insightful and we offer analysis on why these standouts matter to your organization.
Future Forces Theory
FTI’s Future Forces Theory explains how disruption usually stems from influential sources of macro change. It is a way of understanding where disruption is coming from and where it’s headed next. The sources of macro change represent external uncertainties—factors that broadly affect business, governing and society. They can skew positive, neutral and negative. We use this simple tool to apply the future forces theory to organizations as they are developing strategic thinking on trends.
The Four Futures: A simple tool for taking strategic action
The matrix has four quadrants and measures your level of confidence about emerging trends and asks whether your team needs actions or insights. The answers to those two questions reveals what action to take: brainstorm ideas, build capabilities, develop strategy or find future areas of disruption.