Spotting & using signals of change
“If you like getting into the weeds on how to find good signals, this post is for you! Oftentimes you come across signals in the course of daily life, but other times you need to research signals on a specific topic. We were curious about how people did this. So earlier this year we surveyed the entire IFTF staff on their personal practices for searching out the best signals of change. Below are the highlights about how and where they look to gather signals – the essential building blocks of foresight.” — IFTF
Well, I am one of the contributors to the survey as I shared my personal practices.
Focusing on a few disciplines and goals, I set to stay curious. Navigating knowledge flows through diverse, trusted sources and people. Experimenting practices from sense-makers and curators. Using my habits to nurture my curiosity.
Spotting signals help you to focus on emerging trends, practices and realities. Like hunters or gemologists, you look for gems to collect and put on your curator’s bag to show and share with people when relevant. It all starts with observation and the ability to see what people have not seen yet, even if they may have access to the same sources as you do.
What is your taste, flair, practising to choose wisely signals and use them with your ecosystem?