Future-Oriented Innovations

If it’s responding to seismic shifts within your industry or trying to develop a more long-term plan altering the future direction of your company can yield significant advantages. Research has shown that companies that have a strong outlook on the future are more productive and innovating. To be more forward-looking, you can encourage your employees and management to create new strategies and processes that assist the company in planning for the future.

In order to develop future-oriented innovation using a dialogic approach, it is needed to identify potential obstacles and business opportunities. This can be accomplished making use of a framework for futures-based literacy which includes futures knowledge and awareness of the future, as well as the ability to predict the future. Futures literacy refers to the ability of an individual or a company to construct, identify and articulate futures and is based on a belief that the creation and expression of futures is an inter-disciplinary endeavor that spans multiple areas, spheres and stakeholders. Futures awareness is the ability to be aware of the possibility of future opportunities and is built on an individual’s understanding of their individual perception of the world around them.

In order to bring about an innovative future, it is essential to create products and services that can improve the lives of the people. These improvements are the result of collaboration between various high-tech process participants, and require a thorough assessment of the current challenges and alternative options. This type of innovation also demands a radical epistemic visibility and the ability to hear suggestions from the long term future.