Add Insights on change important to you and your organization - create your own database of articles, videos, podcasts, reports etc. Share your observations with others or keep them private as you wish.
Your scanning focus will likely cover – what competitors are doing, what is happening in the industry and how might your competitors respond, what is happening more generally with industry and government policy, and then broader societal and global trends. The emphasis you put on each segment will depend on what you need, but you should always spend time looking at global trends – this is the area that sometimes gets dismissed because people are busy and want to know what is going to affect their work tomorrow rather than in 10 years time. But, the global trends drive the former and you need to understand them first.
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Good scanners identify sources that provide information on change prior to their natural pace of entry onto the policy stage. Sources are drawn from think tanks, academic publications, mainstream media, corporate foresight, expert/strategic thinkers, government sources, alternative journals and blogs, charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), minority communities, and futurists.
Where to look
Newspapers, websites, blogs, wikis, podcasts, videos, news sites, newsletters, magazines, books, book reviews, presentations, reports, surveys, interviews, seminars, chat rooms, trend observers, advertisers, philosophers, sociologists, management gurus, consultants, researchers, experts, and universities are all possible sources of information.
Good scanners concentrate on identifying anomalies and patterns from their daily scans with a detailed knowledge of where information resides using proprietary and utility technology to find the best material versus source categorization. Scanners need to be open-minded, able to see opportunities and threats in change phenomena, and recognize entirely new areas for investigation within and far beyond their core interests.
They look for material that expresses:
They choose sources by identifying opinion leaders in specific sectors. And, they apply robust decision rules to choosing sources, ensuring that they incorporate both the latest high quality evidence and identify weak signals from fringe sources. They use evaluative modulators to help see patterns and gaps such as strength, maturity, relevance, likelihood, controversy, speed, time horizon, and geographic spread.
Therefore, while initially tagging an Idea as having been sourced from an amateur, or the fringe, the task is to strengthen and broaden hits in order to improve source attributes towards professional and expert. If this cannot be achieved the strength and maturity rating given to an issue would be suitably reduced.
Source: By kind permission of Infinite Futures
Good links have the following attributes:
And question links as follows:
Determine what should be uploaded as follows:
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