The majority of modern organizations focus on shareholder value rarely think more that 12 months ahead and this short-term thinking has created a wasteful and unsustainable world. 

Chief Futurist of the FUTURIST THINK TANK – Nikolas Badminton – and his team work with organizations to push thinking out further to 10, 20, and 30+ years into our futures so that we can explore our unknown futures we can consider cultural shifts, build bigger visions, strengthen strategic planning, and anticipate risks today.

Beyond this the task of futures design feels difficult and sometimes impossible unless we enter the realm of pure imagination and science fiction.

Maybe we need to challenge ourselves to look further and push our thinking? Maybe we should set ourselves the challenge of wondering what our world will be in 1000 years?

This is something that FUTURIST THINK TANK Member Bronwyn Williams and Nikolas Badminton are actively exploring. To do that they need your help and we are looking for collaborators to play with ideas of our futures to look out to the next 1000 years, and beyond.

We’ll be announcing a number of initiatives to get all – from our children to our elders – to get involved in a number of creative projects so stay tuned.

Here are five videos that really get us thinking about the next 1000 years and beyond.

Dorie Clark | The Long Game: How to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world

Dorie Clark offers concrete practices to sharpen strategic thinking and incorporate a long term perspective within a personal time scale. By reorienting ourselves to focus on the big picture, and using the power of small but persistent changes over time, Clark shows how long term thinking can be applied to reshape our own futures.

Alien Civilizations and The Kardashev Scale

The observable universe is a big place that has been around for more than 13 billion years. Up to two trillion galaxies made up of something like 20,000 billion billion stars surround our home galaxy. In the milky way alone scientists assume there are some 40 billion earth like planets in the habitable zone of their stars. When we look at these numbers it is hard to imagine that there is nobody else out there.

TIMELAPSE OF THE FUTURE: A Journey to the End of Time

How’s it all gonna end? This experience takes us on a journey to the end of time, trillions of years into the future, to discover what the fate of our planet and our universe may ultimately be. We start in 2019 and travel exponentially through time, witnessing the future of Earth, the death of the sun, the end of all stars, proton decay, zombie galaxies, possible future civilizations, exploding black holes, the effects of dark energy, alternate universes, the final fate of the cosmos – to name a few. This is a picture of the future as painted by modern science – a picture that will surely evolve over time as we dig for more clues to how our story will unfold. Much of the science is very recent – and new puzzle pieces are still waiting to be found.