Insights · May 8th, 2020

This archive article was written by Glen Hiemstra, Futurist Emeritus. Glen Hiemstra founded in the 1990’s and is now Futurist Emeritus in the Think Tank. An internationally respected expert on creating preferred futures, long-range planning and assessing future trends, Glen has advised professional, business, community, and government organizations for three decades. He is available to work with incredible clients on futurist keynotes and foresight consulting projects. ______________ The Adventus Initiative is a project to help people around the world turn ‘lock-down’ into LEARNING and ‘Re-Set’ into RENEWAL. Much of the world prepares now to come out of the initial lock-down or quarantine phase of dealing with the Coronavirus. Many experts expect that in the next year or two it’s likely we will live in a pattern they call “the hammer and the dance,” in which we move back and forth from lock-downs in various locations and then dance into activity, and then repeat. In response to the current lock-downs and the prospect of more, and in response to the imperative we face to re-invent the world, my long-time friend and former faculty colleague John Scherer pulled together a global team to create The Adventus Initiative. John has lived for years in Poland, where he operates the Scherer Leadership Center. Through this initiative John and his team hope to inspire people to the process of Adventus, which he defines as consisting of…
    • Reflection on the past, present and future
    • Choosing a future direction
    • Acting on that choice
    Engaging in continuous Discovery through Innovating, Adapting, and Innovating again.
The Adventus Initiative offers a video and a set of accompanying worksheets (English, Nederlands), you can apply The Adventus Initiative to yourself, your family, your organization, community or other enterprise level.
It can be very difficult in this time of the virus to think of re-invention. Much of our days are dedicated just to surviving the day, especially if you are dealing with children at home. But perhaps now when you are in lockdown, or later when you are re-emerging, or in the context of the “hammer and the dance” you will find this process to be of deep value to you. We at invite you to join the Initiative.
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Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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