The Role of Futures Research in Societal Modelling
It is a pleasure and an honour to be here, on behalf of the Institute for the Future, to participate in the planning and preparations for this conference. I do so because I feel that a futurist approach to the problems of our society will be helpful. A futurist approach is characterised by what you might call a highly pragmatic attitude, which manifests itself in a number of ways. First of all, we all know that the pace of change in our own environment — physical, technological and social — has accelerated greatly and it is becoming more important than ever that we address ourselves to solving tomorrow’s problems today. If we address ourselves merely to today’s or even to yesterday’s problems, by the time we find solutions, the solutions will tend to be obsolete.
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