Futures Platform News

“With the latest version of Futures Platform, everyone can explore our full collection of concise summaries that describe future phenomena. It’s possible to browse the entire collection in both the free version and the full version of Futures Platform. Our professional futurist team has produced hundreds of future phenomena descriptions and the range of topics we cover is constantly expanding. It is a unique resource for horizon scanning related to any topic.”

“It’s also a powerful tool to create scenarios efficiently: a variety of future trends and phenomena can be brought to a 360-degree visual view of the short, medium and long term futures. Futures Platform makes it fast to generate a radar screen displaying key future phenomena connected to any topic you are working with. The full version of Futures Platform allows users to do their fully customized foresight radars. A team or an audience of any size can be invited to work on the same radar screen.”

“But it doesn’t stop there. You need to monitor the latest signals about how the trends and future phenomena will evolve. Futures Platform’s Disruptor Alerts keep users informed of the latest news related to disruptive changes across industries and topics. This service element is now included in the free and full versions of Futures Platform. Disruptor Alerts deliver the latest futurist-picked headlines by email and they are also displayed when logging in and entering the Futures Platform Lounge, the new starting page. The Lounge also notifies the user about which new future phenomena have been most recently added into the Futures Platform database.”

 

New features to ignite collaboration across the organization


In May 2019, Futures Platform announced that it had, in its most recent financing round, secured EUR 1M in funding for product development. The features released now are the latest in a series of new developments in the Futures Platform product.

Before this new release, Futures Platform recently introduced new functionality that makes it easy for anyone acting as a coordinator to invite groups of users to work together on future-oriented topics. From its initial versions, Futures Platform has always been a popular tool to enable and ignite collaboration across silos in organizations and even across organizational boundaries to create a shared understanding of the future. Customers include large corporations, public sector organizations, associations, international NGOs and consultancies.

The full version of the Futures Platform foresight tool is accessible for FREE by signing up to a 15-day trial. More information about the trial can be found here.


Contact Information

Trey Tran

Marketing Specialist, Futures Platform
trey.tran@futuresplatform.com
Phone (Europe): +358 10 3257070

Futures Platform is a tool for both individuals and groups to learn and develop. Piia Wollstén, Development Manager and Business Architect for the City of Espoo, talks about her experience:

“The tool has been used, for example, in the early stages of various projects to identify future challenges that need to be considered when developing services and operations. The tool can help form a shared understanding of future changes in the operational environment. It is an excellent tool for developing the City as a Service model, in which it is important to find new roles for the city for building a sustainable future in a cost-effective way.”

Futures Platform is intended to be used to enhance collaboration between city units in their operations. The idea is to utilize the future foresight in areas such as strategic development, service development, education development in Education and Cultural Services, school boards in primary schools, secondary schools, and upper secondary schools, and especially in learning with pupils of different ages.

Otaniemi general upper secondary school is one of the schools participating in the pilot. They are already looking forward to trying out Futures Platform. Teacher Aki Saariaho explains enthusiastically:

We took the participants of our Artificial Intelligence course (2 teachers, 11 students), which is part of our theme studies, to see a presentation of Futures Platform. The students were impressed, they saw the Platform as an important tool for developing foresight and developing their knowledge around areas covered by compulsory subjects. For example, science, technology, languages and cultures, and human development. Futures Platform can also be used in many kinds of pedagogical methods (…) I see a lot of potential in Futures Platform as an in-depth teaching tool to use with students in group work and independent study.”

Otaniemi general upper secondary school Principal Sinikka Luoma-Mattila continues:

“Curriculum work begins in upper secondary schools, and it is important to have a vision into the future. This tool gives us a huge digital “library” of future phenomena, and at the same time, a tool that can be used for dialogue and understanding what to consider in planning. When it comes to management, Futures Platform can provide a refreshing bird’s-eye view of everyday life. It is important to check where the modern school is headed. In addition, we are particularly interested in cooperation and utilization of swarm intelligence with the various operators in the city who will deploy Futures Platform.”

About FuturesPlatform.com

Futures Platform
is a leading tool for foresight work, planning and learning, easily accessible through a web browser. Futures Platform makes it easy to build holistic, visual perspectives of the future. The tool enables exploration into the future, sharing of information, the selection of key phenomena, as well as the evaluation of future phenomena, weak signals and wild cards, and of course discussions of the future. You can create radars for different themes and get a summary of future trends that affect the things you are working on. Futures Platform makes it easy to invite a group of any size to exchange ideas about the future, and you can use the tool in workshops with a team as well as online.

Sign up for the 15-day FREE trial of the tool here.

Contact Information

Contact person for the City of Espoo:

Piia Wollstén, Development Manager and Business Architect

Contact person regarding content and facilitation of Futures Platform:

Jari Koskinen, Consulting Director
+358 45 604 9881
jari.koskinen@futuresplatform.com

Contact person regarding Futures Platform as a company:

Ville Vanhala, CEO
+358 40 764 8511
ville.vanhala@futuresplatform.com

Dr Tuomo Kuosa has been nominated as an appointed member of a working committee to develop the framework and criteria of a Future Readiness Award.


The award, as stated by the APO, aims to "recognize the most outstanding future-ready organizations in member countries and to enhance APO visibility as a leading future-oriented productivity organization."

The working committee will consist of leading futurists and foresight experts around the world. Dr Njeri Mwagiru from the Institute for Futures Research, Jacob Vastrup - Principal Consultant at KPMG, and Anita Sykes-Kelleher from Design Futures are some of the members of the committee.


 

About APO

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) was established on 11 May 1961 as a regional intergovernmental organization. The APO is nonpolitical, nonprofit, and nondiscriminatory. Its mission is to contribute to the sustainable economic development of Asia and the Pacific through enhancing productivity. Find more information about APO here


About FuturesPlatform.com

FuturesPlatform TM future radar is the most comprehensive foresight tool that helps you identify relevant trends, redefine your strategy, and shape your future for years to come. The company, founded in 2016, announced that it had secured EUR 1 Million in financing.  

Sign up to use the free radars or look up our pricing plans here.

The funding will be used for Research & Development focusing on the next generation of the Futures Platform product. The round included an R&D loan from Business Finland as well as equity financing.

You can read the full news release here.

Speculative Futures is an international community of meetups focused on Speculative & Critical Design, Design Fiction, Futurism, and Strategy & Foresight. Futures Platform presented at the Primer conference, organized by Speculative Futures, last year in San Francisco.

The theme of the workshop in May: Trend Aggregation for Design Experience the power of a digital tool to enhance collaborative foresight work in the context of mapping future change and innovating new concepts.

During this workshop, we will explore Futures Platform, a new foresight tool to help with trend aggregation by utilizing it during a short futures workshop to create a scenario or artefact from the future.

As a result of the workshop participants will have an experience of how holistic mapping of change opens up thinking to include a broad view of societal change, and how a structured, collaborative process to assess the key changes can help identify new innovation opportunities. Participants will also experience how a digital foresight tool can aid in the process of strategic foresight and innovation.

More information about the workshop can be found here at: https://www.meetup.com/SF-Critical-Design-Speculative-Futures/events/259909890/

The Honduran Institute for Science, Technology (IHCIETI) has invited Futures Platform’s Dr Tuomo Kuosa to present at its large scale event focusing on foresight in Science, Technology and Innovation.

Honducamp 2019 includes Foresight as the main topic and Dr Tuomo Kuosa has been invited by IHCIETI as a speaker and workshop facilitator.

On April 26th, Tuomo will deliver two keynote presentations at the conference. His first presentation will examine the benefits of strategic foresight and how organizations utilize foresight to navigate in a rapidly changing world. Tuomo’s second presentation at the conference will share insights on the topic of Horizon Scanning as an emerging business area - Case startup SaaS company Futures Platform.

On April 27th, Tuomo will facilitate a workshop: Identity the biggest discontinuities and emerging market opportunities in any target industry. Participants have the possibility to utilize the collaborative foresight tool Futures Platform as part of the activities during the work shop.

Honducamp.tech is a large scale event focusing on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) which gathers thousands of young people and experts from around the world to share experiences and knowledge related to STI, entrepreneurship and creativity through conferences, competitions and other activities. The event is going to take place on April 26th and 27th, 2019.

Futures Platform is kicking off a month-long campaign that advocates collaboration and open dialogues in creating a shared understanding of the future. The campaign will begin on March 1st as we introduce our Future Disruptors radar, a new project where everyone can participate and create a new future trends radar together.

On March 11th, we are going to host a 45-minute webinar at 4 PM EET with our foresight experts, Dr Tuomo Kuosa (Content Director and author of the book "The Evolution of Strategic Foresight") and Mr Saku Koskinen (Foresight Adviser). In the webinar, our hosts will discuss the trends presented on the Future Disruptors radar and their impacts on the future. You can register for the webinar here.

We will update the process of creating the radar in our user newsletters. Keep exploring the future!

About FuturesPlatform.com

FuturesPlatform TM future radar is the most comprehensive foresight tool that helps you identify relevant trends, redefine your strategy, and shape your future for years to come. The company, founded in 2016, closed half a million euro equity round in December 2017. Sign up to use the free radars or look up our pricing plans here.

At the event, Futures Platform will showcase the latest version of the foresight radars featuring a new AI-powered search and eight more customised, industry-specific templates. The new features help users create new foresight radars quickly and easily. All key trends and phenomenon available on the templates are carefully studied and selected by a team of experienced foresight experts, led by Dr. Tuomo Kuosa.

Futures Platform is also going to introduce the new free public radars to this year Slush goers. The free radars will cover three popular themes, i.e. The Futures of Work; Future Cities; and The Futures of Retail.

The foresight radar is a polar grid with the pole-axis represents the future timeline. Each grid (or sector) represents one "sphere of global change" that affects all fields either directly or indirectly. The trends and change factors are colour-coded and distributed into the respective sector and timelines where they are expected to cause the most impact. 

Futures Platform foresight experts have been studied and developed the foresight radar for many years. Its design resembles the polar coordinate used in mathematics, modelling, position and navigation. In the way that pilots use polar coordinate to navigate their aeroplanes, users can use the foresight radars to broaden their scope, identify the most impactful changes, and find the best paths forward for their organisations.  

To learn more about the Futures Platform radars, Sign up to use the free radars or look up our pricing plans here.

About FuturesPlatform.com

FuturesPlatform TM future radar is the most comprehensive foresight tool that helps you identify relevant trends, redefine your strategy, and shape your future for years to come. The company, founded in 2016, closed half a million euro equity round in December 2017.

About Slush

SLUSH is a non-profit event for startups. It is an opportunity for start-ups to meet investors and prospects. It also aims to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship by providing a platform for youths and student volunteers to co-organize and build a worldwide startup community. Held annually in Helsinki, Finland, SLUSH is the most prominent startups' event in the Nordic countries and one of the most influential tech events in the world. In 2017, SLUSH gathered 20,000 attendees, with over 2,600 startups, 1500 investors and 600 journalists coming in from over 130 countries.

More information about SLUSH and its events can be found here

On the first day of the event, Dr. Kuosa will deliver his keynote focusing on two main points:

  • Introduce the concept of strategic foresight to policy makers and public sector professionals.
  • Discuss the role of foresight radars in the planning process

After the keynote, Dr. Kuosa will lead a workshop exploring the steps of building scenario planning. Participants will have an opportunity to use the FuturesPlatform foresight radars during the discussion.

On day 2, Dr. Kuosa will take part in the roundtable discussion on building an ecosystem for public sector innovation.

Dr. Tuomo Kuosa is a respected futurist who specializes in foresight and future research methodology. He is the author of the book “The Evolution of Strategic Foresight.”

About FuturesPlatform.com

FuturesPlatform TM future radar is the most comprehensive foresight tool that helps you identify relevant trends, redefine your strategy, and shape your future for years to come. The company, founded in 2016, closed half a million euro equity round in December 2017. Sign up to use the free radars or look up our pricing plans here.

At the event, FuturesPlatform will showcase the latest features of the foresight radars, including:

  • New AI-powered search: It is now easier than ever to search on the database of more than 500 drivers of future change. Thanks to the new AI, radar’s users can find all relevant content with a simple search. The AI can also suggest related trends based on your search term.
  • Radar Templates: When using FuturesPlatform for your project, now you can use one of the ready-made radar templates to set up a foresight radar quickly. Alongside with some classic frameworks like STEEP or PESTEL, there are three more topic radar templates for selection, namely the Future Cities, Future of Work, and Future of Retail.
  • 3 Free Public Radars: alongside with new features for the premium users, FuturesPlatform also introduces 3 new free future radars for public use. The 3 radars: Future Cities, Future of Work, and Future of Retail provide an overview of the latest trends, opportunities, and threats facing the respective industries. Register to use the free radars here.

About FuturesPlatform.com

FuturesPlatform TM future radar is the most comprehensive foresight tool that helps you identify relevant trends, redefine your strategy, and shape your future for years to come. The company, founded in 2016, closed half a million euro equity round in December 2017. Sign up to use the free radars or look up our pricing plans here.

About Smart City Expo 2018

Smart City Expo World Congress 2018 is a 3-day event held from 13th November to 15th November 2018 at the Gran Via Exhibition Center in Barcelona, Spain. This year, the event will concentrate on 5 main topics responding to the key issues facing cities: Digital Transformation, Urban Environment, Mobility, Governance & Finance, and Inclusive & Sharing Cities. In 2017, there were 18754 visitors, 675 exhibitors and 420 speakers at the event.