What COVID-19 has to do with Futures Studies

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“The best way to predict the future is to to create it.” 

Abraham Lincoln


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Thinking about the future is a very odd experience. Especially in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. In mere months we have seen our lives completely change. We have seen technologies adapt and serve new purposes. We have seen entire industries shut down, while new ones emerge, and our ideas of work change. And it is this disruption that makes Futures Studies so important.

The ability to predict and plan for the future has made or broken companies. Examining current behaviours and using current technologies to model our short-term future have been integral. But, we are now entering the medium-term and will soon begin projecting long-term. The course of the future has been changed, and in fact has already begun to change, but how much of this change is irreversable? And will society…

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