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This is a sad post in many ways, but it’s time. After much thinking and a few conversations, I have decided to (i) keep writing my book, and (ii) stop writing for Foresight in the Present. That is, I’m retiring from my futures and foresight work.
When I started this site here on SubStack, I was excited and never thought I be writing this post so soon. The setting up of a Lifetime subscription was a signal of that. I won’t go into the combination of things that brought me to this decision in the last few days though - suffice to say my ‘gut’ has told me it’s time to stop.
So, here’s my next steps.
I will stop writing weekly posts and doing my newsletter from today.
I will stop offering paid subscriptions from today.
I now offer all paid subscribers the opportunity to get a refund for their subscription amounts - let me know by email if you would like a refund. This email is my personal email now, as I will be closing down my business emails soon (once I’ve advised contacts of the change).
My new online store will stay open until the end of October, when I’ll close it down. Give me a little time to adjust the prices of paid items, and you can get my book and Guides at a reduced amount until then (UPDATE - NOW DONE).
The Foresight in the Present site will remain active until the end of the year - all posts will be free once I’ve sorted out the admin side of things (1-4 above).
I will contact people currently enrolled in my online course separately with details of how to finish the course by a certain date.
I will post on LinkedIn and Facebook when I’ve finished my book on Mapping Assumptions about Futures. And I’ll continue posting on LinkedIn when I see something that matters about futures and foresight to me.
The photo above reflects my involvement in the futures field and for my work. When I found out about foresight in 1999, I never dreamed how these aspirations would become a reality for me for so many years. As always, trust emergence.
I set out to focus on thinking about futures, and while I lost that aspiration for a few years, I came back to it recently and have loved the last couple of years - it has given my joy.
I hope that my work has been inspirational for some of you, but only you know that.
But it’s time to stop - my life is full of many good things right now, and my commitment to the futures field is waning. It’s time to move on, to focus on the other things that also give my joy and that I want to spend more time on.
So, it’s time to retire from my futures work.
Thank you to everyone here who has signed up, who have always supported my work over the years, and who have given me hope that my work has made a difference. I will always be grateful to you and I hope your engagement with futures and foresight continues to make a difference in your life.
Thank you to everyone I’ve met during my years in the futures field - you shaped my thinking and made me a better person in terms of my work and my writing. I’m still engaged with some of you now and I hope we can continue to stay in contact.
As you likely know because I’ve written many times that finding foresight changed my career, how I think, and my life. I’ll never regret the impact these years have had on my life, all good.
Thank you, best wishes and many positive vibes are coming your way. And remember, never give up hope for futures, open your minds to the new and novel in the present, and trust emergence always.