Our Values and Beliefs (Long Version) – We think:

  • Foresight begins with our visions for today. We must strive for Quality of Vision, beginning with our next few seconds, minutes, and hours (“Today’s foresight”) to live a high-quality life. The better we can each foresee our Probable, Possible, Preferred, and Preventable (“Four P’s”) futures, today, tomorrow, and over the long-term, the better our lives, teams, and organizations will become. 
  • Adaptive foresight requires good values (“normative foresight”).  Empathy and Ethics (“E&E”) are our highest-priority goals and values. They are at the center of all adaptive human networks. Empathy (connectedness) allows us to understand, respect, love, and be kind to others, in all our astonishing diversity of minds. Ethics (interdependence) allow us to find and express feelings, thoughts, habits, norms, and rules that create more goodness (progress, general adaptiveness) in ourselves, our relationships, and the world.
  • Our most adaptive visions balance strategic optimism (finding shared Preferred futures) with defensive pessimism (diagnosing and avoiding Preventable futures). There is always good and bad change happening around us at the same time. We must not only imagine protopias (shared visions of measurably better “future places”),  but recognize and fight against dystopias (states of maladaptiveness, in comparison to our ideals).
  • Good foresight also requires good hindsight. We must strive to know the relevant past, to better foresee the adaptive future. Our past and future thinking should not be excessive or aimless, but kept in service to the present. The greatest benefit of both hindsight and foresight is that each can improve our current insights and actions.
  • Good leadership starts with self-leadership, with unconditional self-acceptance and self-compassion for our strengths and faults as we understand them, and with striving to improve our current visions and actions in humble, honest, and mindful ways.
  • To be human is to be a species that uses three great giftsforesight, technology, and empathy-ethics (“Head, Hand, and Heart”) to continually become something more than our merely biological self. As the futurist Buckminster Fuller said, we are verbs, not nouns. In this 21st century, we can and will use foresight, science, technology, empathy, and ethics to improve the well-being of all life, even as those improvements necessarily change some aspects of the nature of life. 
  • We owe an incalculable debt to our natural world, to the evolutionary and developmental (“evo-devo”) processes that created it, and to all the generations of life and humanity that have come before us. Each has had beings striving to do the best they can, with what they had, failing, and making sacrifices, to create the complex world we live in today. 
  • Humanity’s progress has been incredible over the last 6,000 years of civilization. We think humanity as a whole has improved its adaptive abilities in at least six important ways: Innovation, Intelligence, Empathy, Ethics, Strength, and Sustainability. We all these six the “IES Goals”.  Advancing and balancing each of these six abilities, across our entire human network, is our best definition for how we increase general adaptiveness. 
  • It is Networks (of genes, information, individuals and groups), never any specific Individual or Group, that have always been the most generally adaptive in life. When viewed as a single network, life has been immortal, and continually growing its IES capabilities, for three and a half billion years. Even the five major extinction events that life has experienced have only accelerated life’s diversity and IES abilities. The natural world has much to teach us about the future of human networks. 
  • Accelerating change is real. Humanity is now gaining scientific and technological superpowers, most obviously in AI. We must learn how to regulate and use them better, to distribute technology-created wealth and power more equitably, and to continually improve the three pillars of democratic society, self-actualized Citizens, the Market, and the State.
  • Our world is slowly waking up to its exponential promise. We are learning to value intelligent optimism, empathy, ethics, individual empowerment, evidence-based thinking, and free expressionWe are learning to use ever-smarter machines, platforms, and crowds (“collective intelligence”) to improve our foresight, innovation, and strategy.
  • We are presently in a scientific and technological Renaissance, but we haven’t yet had a political, economic, or cultural Renaissance. There is a growing gap between our power and our wisdom. Yet we may soon know how common life is in our universe, and we may even gain a scientific understanding of our place and purpose in the cosmos, and why and how empathy and ethics are so important to human thriving.
  • Much good work remains to be done to make conditions better for all life on Earth. Many problems must be addressed. The great majority of these have been created by our own poorly foresighted and maladaptive past and present actions. Yet right here, right now is a very special and amazing time to be alive, and to be grateful for our lives, and for the adaptive foresight we can develop, together. Welcome to our community.