1st March: Future Day

A brand new holiday — the first Future Day will be celebrated on March 1, 2012. Holidays are a great way of channeling peoples’ attention and energy. Most of holidays are focused on past events, individuals, or the rhythms of nature. History and nature are wonderful and should be honored — but the amazing future we are building together should be honored as well.

Future Day is a way of focusing and celebrating the energy that more and more people around the world are directing towards creating a radically better future.

Welcome to The Futures Academy

Every day we make decisions that shape our future. It is a fact of today’s life that these decisions are taken in a fast changing and highly uncertain environment, often under relentless time pressure. Understanding of the current trends shaping the future and their potential implications is imperative for organisations to tailor their products, services and business models to benefit from the changes they bring. After all, preparedness is the key to responsiveness.

The Futures Academy is an applied research and strategic consultancy organisation, which brings foresight methods to public and private organisations to help them to better understand how new technologies, scientific developments, social trends, legislative frameworks, environmental concerns and other emerging issues can affect their future and how they can prepare for their consequences. Our approach is underpinned by a basic assumption that the future is not predetermined and can be shaped and prepared for by those who employ a proactive attitude.

Our location in the College of Engineering and Built Environment at Dublin Institute of Technology allows for our core expertise in foresight methods to be underpinned by cutting edge research and wealth of knowledge in areas of strategic importance to DIT, which include environmental sustainability and energy, new materials and technologies, creative arts and media, ICT, food and health sciences and social, economic and business development.

I have seen the future, and it’s very much like the present, only longer

Woody Allen