One key takeaway from this meta-analysis is the lack of diversity in futures/foresight; the data shows that the authors of the 123 reports which were the sources for the infographic (i.e., the futures "establishment") are:
· ⅔ male
· 86% white
· 61% have a masters degree or above (i.e., affluent, educated)
· Average age 52 (age concentration 50-59 years)
· Average age of women is 5 years younger than men – but still Middle Aged
· 100% in developed markets (mostly Western countries, mostly urban)
This is a sliver of the world's population and does not represent the world's diversity. History has been written by a handful of people and it appears our future is also being written by a handful of people.
We're curious what the future would look like if it were envisioned and designed by more diverse futurists including the spectrum of ages, races, socio-economics, cultures, genders, geographies, vocations, etc. white + BIPOC. rural + urban. developed + emerging markets. rich + poor. liberal + conservative. creative + analytical. introvert + extrovert. cognitively impaired + gifted. able-bodied + disabled. free + incarcerated. religious + atheist. healthy + sick... and so on.
While the poster depicts a "data-driven future" what would a "diversity-driven future" look like? Let's challenge the status quo and make "tomorrowing" more diverse and inclusive.
INVITATION TO RE-DESIGN THE FUTURE
This is an open invitation to join us in tomorrowing 2030 and beyond. We are producing a companion poster series with infographics showing inclusive and diverse futures. Join us. Learn forecasting/foresight/futures skills. Aren’t you curious what the future looks like through the lens of diversity?
CURIOUS FUTURES :: DIVERSE FUTURES