Classics

All of the following are available at our special bookshelf for Classics on Futuring at Powell’s Books - the incomparable physical and web-based bookstore here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Head to this link to visit.

Classics in the field of foresight, strategy, and futuring. If you’re going to be aware and proficient in this field you should have read most of the following:

The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World - Peter Schwartz
Well-regarded and a good read. Schwartz is one of the master scenarists practicing today. This is the best introduction to scenario planning and still selling well.

What is Strategy and Does It Matter? - Richard Whittington
Classic work on the alternative approaches to strategy and planning. Although it's academic in approach, Whittington is compelling in his analysis. This is the book I recommend to clients who believe that they should only consider a militaristic, deterministic "we can achieve anything we set as a goal" approach. Whittington provides summary and clarity to the four models of classic, processual, evolutionary, and systemic approaches to strategy that have emerged respectively in the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. Important reading.

Foundations of Future Studies - Volumes I, II - Wendell Bell
Serious about the future? Read this.


Get There Early - Bob Johansen
What can I say? I wish I’d written it.

The Wisdom of Crowds - James Surowiecki

These and many more are posted on the bookshelf. Please visit and patronize Powell’s.