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    AND WHAT ABOUT BEYOND TOMORROW?

     

     

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    BORN PARTNERS

    EXPLORE, ENVISION AND PROTOTYPE ASPIRED FUTURES, STRATEGICALLY.

     

     

     
     

     

    BORN PARTNERS | FUTURE WORKS

    IN SHORT, IT'S A FUTURES CONSULTANCY. BORN PARTNERS IS A STRATEGIC FUTURES & INNOVATION PROJECTS FIRM, SUITED FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED WORLD.

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    ALL OF US ARE ON A PRECIPICE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED WILD ERA.

     

    WE MUST LEARN NOW HOW TO AUGMENT OUR IMAGINATION, TO ANTICIPATE AND ADAPT TO POSSIBLE FUTURE REALITIES.

     

    WE MUST ENRICH OUR STRATEGIC CHOICES VIEW, LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

     

    BORN PARTNERS IS HERE NOT TO REPORT THE INEVITABLE, BUT TO EXPOSE YOU TO THE POSSIBLE/VIABLE, AND HELP YOU BENEFIT FROM A CHANGING WORLD THROUGH WIDER LENSES.

     

  • ITAI TALMI

     

    HELPING LEADERS BENEFIT FROM POSSIBLE AND DESIRED FUTURES.

     

    I help individuals, teams, and organisations discover and create futures worth aspiring for. My job is to explore and develop possible futures, in a world-building process, and utilise the chosen desired futures. I Advocate for Human-centred futures and futures literacy. So I'm a Strategic Futurist, innovation & strategy consultant, experimentalist, entrepreneur, lecturer, mentor.

     

    My work is focusing on exploring and seizing valuable possible futures, focusing on widening and deepening the imagination, strategically, beyond conventional innovation methods. ​I'm Definitely not your typical business or innovation consultant.

     

    My firm, BORN PARTNERS was founded as a worldly-collaborative futures innovation R&D firm in 2010, Based on a strong network of partners globally, and early years were mostly focused on large corporate brand innovation and customer experience projects.

     

    STRATEGIC IMAGINATION & FUTURES; Then I found what I'm really good at: strategically imagining possible future worlds, service situations, consumption spaces, experiential planning, and most important: Futures World-building - Strategically imagination of what could be and how does it look, feels, and behave. Together with my brain-trust global and local network, the unique experimental R&D firm work brought new ways from alternative fields such as Speculative and Systems design, foresight, artistic, alternative strategic and strategic design research approaches into the new rapidly-changing world of innovation. And, we started to embed these into new and existing projects, with great success and happy enriched clients.

     

    BORN PARTNERS works for some of the world’s biggest organizations like Markets.com, Orange, C2, GAP, VIM, THNK School for Creative Leadership, Amsterdam Municipality, Carnival cruise lines, Holmes Place, and more.

     

    Over the years, BORN PARTNERS firm and Itai Talmi, has evolved into a Human-centered futures R&D firm. Itai has gained critical acclaim for creating work that act as guided expeditions into the chaotic wilderness of our new world, culture paradigms, cities, consumers, citizens, technological shifts, provoking innovators to discover and develop alternative futures scenarios, experiences, prototypes, and new value sources.

     

     

    A BIT ABOUT ME

     

    I work in the space between the edge of now and desirable futures. I help my clients reveal, benefit and ready for alternative future possibilities. I do it by integrating multiple proven practices from various fields, gathered throughout my long career; from the , Strategic futures R&D, strategic foresight, innovation projects, business design, brand management, customer experience, strategic and systems design.

     

    I help brands, pioneers, entrepreneurial projects and organizations, to sense, strategise, prototype and scale alternative futures into desired and viable innovations. I’ve been designing and choreographing Strategic Futures R&D , brand and customer experience, and Innovation initiatives as an executive, a senior consultant in top global agencies, founder and partner at Dave, global strategy and customer experience agency in London, and as an entrepreneur, all over the world.

     

    I have led projects for Fortune 500 companies, NGO'S, cities (like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Herzliya) countries (Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Caribbean islands) next to academy, and special projects for entrepreneurs. Among my clients: C2, Markets.com, THNK, Vodafone, Amsterdam Municipality, Orange, Carnival cruises, GAP, Holmes Place, VIM, Keystone, and more.

     

    Over a worldwide professional journey over 30 years, I have worked deeply in various categories such as: consumer brands, financial, retail, technology, education, NGOs, cities, social and cultural institutions.
    I'm a Founding-participant and an Ambassador at THNK School of Creative Leadership since 2011.


    I've studied In Melbourne, Amsterdam, and in London: Phenomenology, Art, media studies, design strategy, business & marketing strategy, Innovation and Brand management. Mostly I'm studying by working. By doing.

    I lecture both in Israel and worldwide, teaching innovation, entrepreneurship, post-normal business development, and alternative design practices, for both MBA and design students in various academic institutions such as: Shenkar, Coleman college, HIT, SKMB, IAF.


    My activity is divided into Commercial and Social. Next to client work and my own initiatives, I'm always involved in some kind of social activity. From Hosting the Global children Designathon, to consulting and mentoring young next generation entrepreneurs, to developing Future-readiness workshops for future generations, lecturing and teaching. It's what keeps my energy flowing.

     

    Reach me at:

    Mobile: +972547421821

    itai@bornpartners.co

    Currently, based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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    WE MAKE FUTURES. WORLD-BUILDERS. WE DISCOVER, IMAGINE, PLAN, DEVELOP, AND STRATEGICALLY DESIGN DESIRED FUTURES.

     

    WE INTEGRATE FUTURES CREATION, STRATEGY AND INNOVATION.

     

    WE STRATEGICALLY DESIGN HUMAN-CENTRED TOMORROW'S VENTURES, SERVICES, EXPERIENCES, BRANDS, TRANSFORM ORGANIZATIONS, CITIES, AND LIVING SYSTEMS.

     

    WE HELP LEADERS AND PROJECTS PREPARE AND ADAPT OR/AND TRANSFORM TO KNOWN & UNKNOWN FUTURE REALITIES OF PEOPLE, EXPERIENCES, SPACES, MARKETS, INDUSTRIES, CLUSTERS, CITIES.

     

    WE TRAIN AND MENTOR AND INSPIRE PIONEERS AND ORGANIZATIONS IN FUTURE READY LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES.

     

     

     

     

  • WHAT KIND OF FUTURES?

     

    WE FUTURISED THE FEELING OF SATISFACTION OF BANK BRANCHES, WHERE YOUR CLIENTS ASPIRATIONS AND NOT DESPERATIONS, ARE THE FOCUS.

    ENVISIONING THE FUTURE HOSTEL MODEL THAT FLOWS WITH GENERATION Z

    & DIGITAL NOMADS

    PROTOTYPING THE MULTI-SENSORIAL EXPERIENCE IN THE FUTURISTIC WELLBEING CENTER

    DEVELOPING A RADICAL MODEL OF WHOLE 'LIVING SERVICES' THAT SHIFTS RESIDENTIAL LIVING TO THE FUTURE

    DEVELOPING A FUTURE MOBILE TRAINING TOOL THAT UNDERSTAND AND ASSISTS IN REAL TIME TO YOUR IMMEDIATE MANAGERIAL NEEDS.

    SENSING WIDER HUMAN CONTEXTS OF THE FUTURE SHOPPING MALL

    We conducted a human-centred discovery journey into the FUTURE OF MALLS where we investigated and explored what might become of 'Consumer engagement centers' in various dimension of living in the possible future city.

    DREAMABLE REALITIES, REALISABLE DREAMS.

    A SERIES OF LECTURES INVESTIGATING THE WIDENING FUTURES OF DESIGN, FROM HUMAN-CENTRED TO HUMANITY-CENTRED IN A RE-WILDING SOCIETY.

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    SERVICES

    FUTURES

    1. It’s not about predicting the future. No body can. We can only speculate and narrate as far and deep our fact-based imagination will takes us.

    2. It's about taking your project, organization, or team to a better, more adaptive, wiser and powerful version to a new world dominated by change and VUCA terms.

    3. It's about helping you strategically imagine a variety of tomorrows, find new opportunities, and develop a more future-ready organization, project, new services, and stakeholder experiences by utilising these futures we explore.

    4. These foresights and futures design practices we bring, can reveal and create future versions of how your people will live, work, and play in your specific chosen future situations, and indicate where it might be worth heading, enabling new strategic choices, and new value sources. 

     

    Strategically anticipating. Becoming Futures-ready.

     

    ANALYZE FUTURES 

     CREATE FUTURES

    FUTURES DISCOVERIES & EXPEDITIONS

    Discovering & directing possible and desired futures 

     

    We create strategic futures reports, strategic futures plans, and experiential materials to clarify and visualize viable future options, identify yet unseen opportunities, organization's next version options, and support anticipatory decision-making.

     

    Near-term strategic futures direction: Helping executives develop near future strategic future plans in context for;

    emerging paradigms, macro shifts, and deep focus in areas inside/outside of their industry, brand futures, new value sources, new markets, new customers, and adapting to a more relevant org version.

     

    Longer term planning & Strategic imagination: Helping leaders develop a longer-term position (2-5-?) for their project, team, department, organization; world-building, developing viable scenarios; backcasting desired futures back to present day for action planning.

      

    1. Futures exploratory reports: creating strategic plans, exposing possible, unseen, and preferred futures. analysing the possible future world/ecosystem around your brand, org, culture, future customers, stakeholders.

    2. Stealth mode strategic experiments: : bold, alternative futures.

    3. Innovation & Futures policies per org, department, service/product, market.

    4. Master future adaptation research projects: comprehensive research detailing textually & visually "The future of.." , including a How-to section.

    5. Experimental Futures installations, exhibitions, curations, conventions, futures storytelling gatherings

     

    PROTOTYPING & WORLD-BUILDING

    Forming & prototyping possible and desired futures   

     

    From contextual scenario development, worldbuilding prototypes, experiential journeys/workshops, to speculative design, we use various methods to enable you to vividly experience your potential and desired futures.

     

    It can be future services, futures experiential spaces, future org culture, future POS, future or culture & work, future CX, future ecosystems.

     

    1. Stealth mode future project strategic programs & go to market

    2. Experiential prototype: future brands, future services, CX, org, living systems. Spatial futures design (City, state,NGOs)

    3. Experiential prototypes (Modelling/Lo-fi/Hi-fi/installations)

    4. Full scale prototyping from A-z, ready to market in due time.

    5. Enriched visually & detailed presentation of your preferred futures in front of management, boards, and events.

     

     

    RE-IMAGINING ORG/BUSINESS

     
    1. TRANSFORMATIONS
    - NEW STRATEGIC FOCUS ZONES
    - DIRECT/RE-DIRECT OR TRANSFORM YOUR PROJECT/ORGANISATION TO THE NEW WORLD "DEFAULTS & DEMANDS,
    - ADAPT NEW CUSTOMER-HUMAN BEHAVIOURS/ASPIRATIONS.
     
    2. SCALING/PIVOTING PROJECTS
    - SCALING /PIVOTING PLANS TO EMERGING FUTURE MARKETS
    - SCALING/PIVOTING PLANS TO DESIRED CUSTOMERS
    - SCALING/PIVOTING PLANS TO FOCUS ORGANISATIONAL INNOVATIVENESS
     
    3. NEXT GENERATION' CONCEPTS
    - CONCEPTS/DECKS/PROTOTYPES FOR BOLD IDEAS
    - SPECULATIVE FUTURES RESEARCH FOR NEW IDEA DEVELOPMENT PHASES

    ADAPTIVE INNOVATION

    Developing futures-adaptive capabilities to widen and enrich innovation processes to help achieve more future-proof results.

     

    INNOVATION EMPOWERMENT

    Developing capabilities for alternative Futures discoveries

    Imagination power: releasing distressed iteration points, problematic root-causes, culture & action cycles.

     

    WIND-TUNNEL TESTING

    How well is our innovation, scaling, future brand, and services are aligned with the critical market/customer trajectories, paradigms and scenarios? Is it future-proof?

    FUTURES EXPEDITIONS

     

    INSPIRATIONAL & PRACTICAL CONTENT

    WE CREATE & CURATE BESPOKE TALKS AND WORKSHOPS, ON CONTEXTUAL FUTURES RELATED TO YOUR ORGANISATION'S FUTURE CHALLENGES.

     

     
    RECENT LECTURE TOPICS:
     
    INTRODUCTION TO FUTURES-THINKING
    A JOURNEY INTO DISCOVERING AND CREATING POSSIBLE, VIABLE, AND PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVE FUTURES, THROUGH A PROCESS OF SCIENTIFIC & RICH FICTION RESEARCH TO A HUMAN-CENTRED FUTURES DESIGN - VIA STRATEGIC IMAGINATION PHASES.
    TILL AN EXPERIENTIAL FUTURE PROTOTYPE.
     
    THE SHIFT FROM HUMAN-CENTRED TO HUMANITY-CENTRED DESIGN
    IN THE CRAZY RE-WILDING ERA WE LIVE IN, HOW DESIGN SHOULD EVOLVE INTO A HOLISTIC DISCIPLINE, INTEGRATING DEEP EMPATHY, SYSTEMS DESIGN, STAKEHOLDERS THINKING, SCIENCE FICTION - INTO ORG DAILY ROUTINES OF CULTURE AND INNOVATION.
     
    MOONSHOTS & NEXT GENERATION THINKING
    HOW CAN WE STRATEGICALLY IMAGINE AND DEVELOP CRAZY, BOLD, 3RD HORIZON, WILD CARDS KIND OF FUTURES? WHY SHOULD INNOVATION PRACTITIONERS ADOPT WAYS FROM ARTS, SCI-FI, SPECULATIVE DESIGN, FRINGE MOVIES AND WORLD-BUILDING TECHNICS ?
     
    WILD. WILDER. WILDEST.
    FROM DOMESTICATED LIVING, WORKING, PLAYING, TO A REWILDING/FERAL REALITIES AND ALTERNATIVE FUTURE
     
     

    LENGTH: 45 - 120 minutes per session - depending on context, need, budget, venue.

     

     

    PREPARE FOR YOUR FUTURES, TODAY

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  • OUR GROWING

    FUTURES COMMUNITY

     

    We passionately serve private, public, social organisations, and entrepreneurs, worldwide.

    PARTIAL CLIENT LIST:

     

    THNK School for Creative Leadership

    Amsterdam Municipality

    Vodafone

    Carnival cruise lines

    Holmes Place

    Metro

    Monday

    World brand congress

    Maccabi Healthcare

    HR Israel

    Teachers Association

    Kapsoola brand agency

    Zeder-Yariv agency

    PAMINA Holdings

    Markets.com

     

    Orange

    C2

    GAP

    VIM

    Keystone

    PROSO

    MEWE

    PERES center for peace

    H.I.T Holon College

    SKMB College

    Shenkar College

    Coleman College

    ZEROG

    CHATEAUTECH

     

    WORKING ARENAS

    RETAIL
    HOSPITALITY
    FOOD & BEVERAGE
    FINANCIAL
    RESIDENTIAL
    CITIES
    COUNTRIES
    CLUSTERS
    HEALTHCARE
    EDUCATION
    WELLBEING
    ENTERTAINMENT
    FASHION
    ART INSTITUTIONS
    DESIGN INSTITUTIONS
    DESIGN AGENCIES
    BRAND AGENCIES
    MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCIES
    SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS/STARTUPS
    NGO'S
    HOMELAND SECURITY
    AVIATION
    ETHICAL PREMIUM BRANDS
    PRIVATE EQUITY ENTREPRENEURS

    CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

    "The main value for me was the ability to widen

    my point of view and to look at the big picture

    then down to every delicate detail.

    Itai have opened for us new windows into our future,

    enriched our knowledge spectrum which enabled us

    to understand deeper what we are doing,

    how we should do it, and how to adapt our organisation

    and business for the future.

    Last but not least, the big added value was instilling confidence

    and determination that what we are doing is right and relevant.”

     

    Yaron Biderman

    Co-founder & VP PROSO

    A leading organizational e-training platform

     

     

     

    "Itai is one of the few that I have met who can bring real innovation into the business thinking process. He is capable to smartly balance the human touch with the hard figures. Young and contemporary mind ready to provide true value."

     

    Sergio Klecker

    Country manager Vitaldent Group, Global Argonauts

     

     

     

    "Itai is a brilliant, self-driven entrepreneur, with exceptional way to look at things differently. Common things are brought to the table with different perspectives. Itai has a vision. He pushes forward toward accomplishing goals, in a clear and comprehensive manner. Alongside with his kind personality – it’s a privilege to get acknowledged with this talented guy."

     

    Nir Melamud

    Partner, Head of Digital Department at Bakara

    Media Management, Audit & Planning

     

     

     

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    YOUR FUTURES READINESS LEVEL

     

    Ask yourself six honest questions about your current resilience level:

    1. Responsiveness: are you aware and seriously follow signals of change and new paradigms?
    2. Pioneering: do you nurture a resilience culture, develop future leadership programs and tools?
    3. Myopia (Short-termism/tunnel vision) and look beyond your 1-2-year planning to find new value from possible futures?
    4. Adaptiveness: are you willing to make adaptive steps before you are forced to do so by the pressure of our unprecedented times?
    5. Clarity: do you have a lucid vision, purpose and future story to guide you?
    6. Future realities: Have you started to develop any kind Futures-readiness materials? (Innovation policies, strategic futures options, vivid possible futures scenarios, futures discussions, workshops, prototypes, culture...?)

     

    We can certainly help you with that.

  • PUBLICATIONS

    Musings & talks

    RECENT ARTICLE: DREAMABLE REALITIES, REALISABLE FUTURES 

    LECTURE SLIDES

    Recorded interview 2020 about futuring with changemakers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVyVVwsAE_w

    חווית לקוח בעולם מופרא

    מאמר לאיגוד השיווק הישראלי

    יוני 2018

    פרק ראשון: המונח עולם מופרא

    פרק ראשון מתוך סדרת שידורי העולם המופרא

    סדרת פודקאסטים קצרצרים העוסקים בכל פעם במונחים המרכיבים את העולם החדש המופרא בתחומי החברה, תרבות

    רשתיות, ארגונים, חדשנות, מותגים, ועוד.

    יוצרים: איתי תלמי ונעם מנלה.

    בעברית.

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    Be good, or be gone.

    Welcome to the new normal.

    Itai Talmi's latest article on Medium

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    Born. The new now and near future. December 2016

    Itai Talmi's Presentation. Lecture summary SKMB

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    Itai Talmi co-founded this magazine, only for one perspective/one paragraph. We offer Short trips into the New Normal

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    Born. Intro new normal & futures design. 2016

    Itai Talmi's Presentation. Lecture summary HIT

    GLOBES 2018 (Hebrew)

    אנחנו מזמן חיים בעולם של האח הגדול, ולחברות אני מציע לא לברוח מזה, להפך, להיות האח הגדול הטוב. החברה עירומה, אז אם כבר עירום לפחות אל תהיה מזויף, תהיה אמין

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    THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE

     

    LECTURES

    WE CREATE & CURATE BESPOKE 'FUTURE-RELATED' TALKS FOR ORGANISATIONS & EVENTS

    DREMABLE REALITIES. REALISABLE DREAMS.

    Design traps us in a wonderland loop. “We design our world, while our world acts back on us and designs us”

    Anne-Marie Willis.

     

    Itai takes us on an expedition to the deeper bushes of the Design jungles, entering paths to alternative design perceptions and practices. From design fiction to critical futures, to Re-wilding to moonshooting, questioning our Manufactured Normalcy, offering ways that change the way we all relate, think, and practice future design at the edge of now.

    Latest lecture!

    itai@bornpartners.co

    WILD. WILDER. WILDEST

    FROM DOMESTICATED LIVING, WORKING, PLAYING, TO A REWILDING/FERAL REALITIES AND ALTERNATIVE FUTURE
     

    DARING, OUTSOURCED

     

    THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION AND DESIGN IN A RE-WILDING WORLD

    FUTURES DESIGN?

    WHAT IS FUTURES THINKING? HOW CAN WE ADOPT THIS KIND OF ESSENTIAL MINDSET, SKILL, AND CARDINAL STRATEGIC ASSET

    IN SUCH A VUCA WORLD?

    FUTURE OF WORK

    IN A RADICAL, FAST-PACE, POST-HUMAN, WORLD,

    REBELLIOUS STYLES OF WORK ARE TAKING OVER.

    THE WIDENING DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN-CENTRED DESIGN

    IN A CRAZY RE-WILDING WORLD, HOW DESIGN EVOLVES INTO A HOLISTIC DISCIPLINE, INTEGRATING SCIENCE FICTION, FUTURES DESIGN, ART, TECHNOLOGY, NATURE, AND NEUROSCIENCE.

    FOR BOOKING A LECTURE

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    DREAMABLE REALITIES.

    REALISABLE DREAMS.

     

    Why now?

    Value equals adaptation. We live in such crazy times that even science fiction writers are struggling to keep up with reality. To grasp future realities and possibilities, critical strategic discussions about your future, about innovating, scaling, surviving...should be experiential. It should address more than one sense. Make it tangible. Prototype it.

     

    Adapting in a VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) has become the new normal there is no future, only alternative futures. These extraordinary times create extraordinary opportunities waiting to be discovered and utilised, hiding in a maze of possible futures in a "Re-wilding" world.

    In such a revolutionary, unprecedented era, the future cannot be predicted of course, but, alternative and desired futures can be tapped by jumping beyond conventional planning, especially, by radical yet strategic imagination. How can you radically grow, expand, transform or significantly lead?

    Our futures work aims to counter the super high risk of short-sighted thinking and planning.

     

    Within an innovation context, foresight is different than strategic thinking: it involves imagination and radical, provocative creative thinking, discovering and considering a variety of futures. There is an action-orientation in foresight, which strategic thinking doesn’t require, along with consideration of a variety of alternatives.

     

    Our work can:

    • Radically Empower creativity circulating in a sea of sameness.
    • Stimulate strategic conversations and help anticipate hidden futures.
    • Materialise a vision for a desired future.
    • Future-proof today to make a preferable future reachable.

    We are a Strategic Futures R&D firm, suited for innovating and scaling in a wild new world.

     

    We specialise in radical Strategic imagination practices for researching and developing alternative, possible, and desired futures for business and social companies. We Discover possibilities for future value creation: by exploring and prototyping unseen before innovation frontiers and possibility spaces in alternative futures, usually for organisational ecosystems, future customer services, brand development, commercial cultural and living systems.

     

    Let's find your desired futures

     

     

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  • THERE IS NO FUTURE.

    ONLY ALTERNATIVE FUTURES.

    THERE IS ONLY ONE STRATEGIC IMPERATIVE: ADAPTIVITY.

     

    01. THE WORLD TODAY IS A HIGH-VELOCITY FLOW OF CONSTANT TRANSFORMATIONS AND REVOLUTIONS

    WE LIVE IN A FASCINATING ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED AND SUDDEN RADICAL TRANSITIONS. CHANGE IS THE ONLY VALID PARAMETER. THESE CONSTANT SEISMIC SHIFTS CHANGES EVERYTHING WE KNOW AND DON'T KNOW YET.

     

    02. YESTERDAY'S WAYS OF INNOVATING CAN NO LONGER SERVE AS AN HONEST GUIDE TO OUR FUTURE. THE 'UNKNOWN-UNKNOWNS' OF THIS WILD NEW WORLD DESERVE A NEW KIND OF A MORE ADAPTIVE KIND OF INNOVATION SYSTEMS.

     

    03. STRATEGICALLY EXPERIMENTING. PRACTICALLY DARING. BIG TRANSFORMATIVE IDEAS NEEDS NEW WAYS TO CREATE THE DESIRED BREAKTHROUGHS TO SURVIVE AND REACH FULL POTENTIAL.

     

    04. STRATEGIC FUTURES IS NOT ABOUT PREDICTION. IT'S ABOUT EXPOSING AND PROTOTYPING A SPECTRUM OF RELEVANT ALTERNATIVE FUTURES AND PROTOTYPING THE 'WHAT IF'S' INTO 'HOW CAN WE'. WE EMPOWER ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECTS TO USE ALTERNATIVE FUTURES AS A SOURCE FOR PREPARING FOR TOMORROWS CHALLENGES.

     

    05.*FUTURE-READY IN A V.U.C.A WORLD STANDS FOR VOLATILE, UNCERTAIN, COMPLEX AND AMBIGUOUS. THESE FRAMING CHARACTERISTICS MAKES THE WORLD RADICALLY UNPREDICTABLE, AND THE FUTURES AWAITING FOR US CRITICALLY WITHIN THE FRAME OF 'UNKNOWN-UNKNOWNS'. IN SUCH A VUCA WORLD, TRADITIONAL PLANNING AND DESIGNING APPROACHES DO NO LONGER PRODUCE RELIABLE AND VIABLE OUTCOMES THIS CREATING MORE AND EVEN HIGHER RISKS..

    WHY NOW? BECAUSE CHANGE IS NOT EPISODIC. IT'S A DEFAULT.

    In response to the dizzying pace of change today, companies primary goal is to become a more creatively resilient organizations, nimble enough to respond and adapt to constantly shifting and unanticipated conditions.

     

    Traditionally, consulting was built on the simple premise that clients could not solve their own problems. But the world has changed.

    The rate of change is the new dilemma, and we face unprecedented uncertainty with the status quo being constantly threatened by new entrants seemingly overnight.

     

    Companies are slowly having to walk away from the methods that got them where they are today. Competitive barriers of the past, such as manufacturing strength and distribution power, no longer guarantee a sustainable future.

     

    Industry boundaries are dissolving, and disruptive companies like Tesla, Uber and Airbnb are swiftly displacing incumbents and reshaping entire industries without having any traditional knowledge of the markets they have entered.

     

    1. The world that is becoming more economically, socially, and environmentally complex, faster, and unstable.

     

    2, The difficulty faced by all organizations today is how to at least stay up to date with what is happening in their environment, and further more, to successfully adapt to it.

     

    3. The velocity of change that organizations face is increasing.

     

    4. The opportunities and threats that arise are dynamic and complex. What is the capability that can assist organizations manage this situation?

     

    5. What hidden impact, Influencing forces, new emerging vectors and ecosystems are you exploring in your sessions?

     

    REFRAME CHALLENGES. EMBRACE AN EXPERIMENTAL MINDSET.

     

    We need new R&D and Progressive Strategy practices that could help us think & act better about the future we want to create for ourselves. The world around us will insist that we flow with change. Change and chaos are simply reality. Whether we like it or not.

     

    Resistance just slows us down. The opportunity is to FLOW with these streams of evolutions, ride the Zeitgeist, and play with new ways for our people to thrive, to explore the new world in a wider spectrum, to convert it into tangible value. We can prepare you to shift smoothly and work properly in this post-industrial, hyper-networked, radically complex, super-abundant presence.

     

    BE GOOD. OR BE GONE.

     

    It demands a different kind of readiness; the kind that is always in sync with our new era of uncertainty, ready for the exponential changes and increasingly complex relationships between people, brands and businesses. We use futures as a way to expose and enrich the imagination spectrum, as a source to inspire innovative, future-proof organizations, services, customer experiences and systems.

     

     

     

     

    WE OFFER CONVERTIBLE BUSINESS & BRAND FUTURES

    BORN is a new kind of a collaborative consultancy.

    We explore alternative futures within the context of your ecosystem, probe, design, co-create future scenarios, explore the often unseen and unexpected. Then we transform these viable options into new structures and tangible results.

     

    OUR FUTURES WORK IS ABOUT ALTERNATIVES. WE PRACTICE APPLIED FUTURES TO IMAGINE, IMMERSE, AND PROTOTYPE OTHERNESS. ALTERNATIVE FUTURE TRAJECTORIES..

     

    We take our clients on an experimental & experiential journey to explore and observe future challenges. To do so we use homemade, a non-conformist strategic experimentation and imaginative progressive design methods. BORN works where Strategic Foresight, System thinking, Speculative Design, and Organizational design converge.

     

    1. Our mission is to discover and prototype preferable futures by exploring and experimenting with multiple scenarios and opportunities in interdisciplinary areas - in order to create valuable ways to pro-actively respond and adapt to a new radical world and tomorrows market revolutions.

     

    2. We work frequently with top brands, investment bodies, cities, institutions, NGO's, and aspirational individuals to identify relevant emerging paradigms, patterns, strong future signals, new business, social, cultural ecosystems, and bold trends.

     

    3. We help companies and teams evolve the way they work and organize themselves to discover and utilize potential in multiple futures.

     

    4. We use progressive and practical knowledge to develop future briefings, craft strategies, programs based of useful insights/foresights from and for the future.

     

    5. We get support and practical inspiration also from Cultural & Social development, new technology, Zen, Art, Design thinking, Design Fiction, System thinking, science, and nature.

     

    6. We rigorously work for a world in which the future is: better anticipated, better planned, and less overwhelming.

     

     

     

    You see things as they are and ask,

    “Why?”

    I dream things as they never were and ask,

    “Why not?”
    George Bernard Shaw

     

    BORN. FUTURE WORKS.

  • WELCOME TO THE

    RE-WILDING NEW NORMAL

    Dreamable realities are now realizable dreams.

     

    ABUNDANCE VS. SCARCITY

     

    THE WORLD IS TOPSY TURVY

    Said Mark Wahlberg, in a bold wake up call to the world. Look it up, great speech. And he’s spot on.

     

    WE ARE ALL TRYING TO GRASP AND FLOW THROUGH THE GREATEST SEISMIC CHANGE SINCE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. EVERYTHING CHANGES, EXPONENTIALLY.

     

    We'll start with the Bottom line: If you’re not spending time understanding what current era is, what futures you are facing and what it means to your organization, you are effectively putting yourself in a fragile position of becoming obsolete.

    Doing nothing is not an option any more. Don't get stuck with the unprepared.

     

    THE NEW NORMAL STARWARS

     

    These new warp-speed business spaceships are driven by a new breed of Astronauts that have left behind all earthly “ancient” orthodox ways of creating and managing companies. They have a more lucid glasses, they discover and conquer new planets, new business frontiers, while navigating the economy solar system, finding hidden Gems and turning them into gigantic yet agile companies worth gazillions of money, in a fraction of time. Old world company formations with old world management risk-averse, myopic, slow moving managers are looking at them with awe while rubbing their eyes and picking up they fallen jaws.

     

    TO SURVIVE IN THESE NEW ECOSYSTEMS, ORGANIZATIONS, PEOPLE, BUSINESSES AND BRANDS MUST BECOME FUTURE-READY.

     

    The global changes in this new radical era can be characterized by their seeming intractability. cultural, social, technological and environmental challenges are interwoven into a complex and persistent web of issues.

    Addressing them will require concerted, coordinated effort

     

    Today’s fast paced society and globalization requires broad and creative techniques that can motivate and anticipate an organization’s knowledge of the future. Every day, we see how science fiction is becoming science fact. Business as usual is dead. Exponential change is the natural flow. We are being pushed to shift to a truly new era, to a Post-normal world. Our most important institutions are running on an operating system that was designed over 100 years ago for a world that no longer exists.

     

    FLOWING IN THE VUCA ERA

     

    What is this VUCA anyway?

    The acronym VUCA was first coined by the U.S. military in the late 1990s, It has since been adopted as a fundamental strategic descriptor of this radical era by organizations worldwide.

     

    In a world described as VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous), there are unprecedented tectonic shifts that demand a new mindset of how organizations should adapt to this radical realities.

     

    Here is a short description about VUCA:

    V = volatility: the nature and dynamics of change and the nature and speed of change forces and change catalysts

    U = uncertainty: the lack of predictability, the prospect for surprise and awareness and understanding of issues and events

    C = complexity: the multiplicity of forces, confounding issues and the chaos and confusion that surround an organization

    A = ambiguity: the haziness of reality, the potential for misreading situations and mixed meanings causing confusion between causes and their effects

     

    IT'S A NEW GAME WITH ONLY

    ONE DIRECTION: FORWARD.

    Oops. Shift happens.

    ..and it happens as you read it now

     

    In this New Post Normal era we can see a shift from the classical world of problems, characterized with demand speed, over-quantitative analysis, and high effort of trying to eliminate uncertainty to solve - to a world of dilemmas, 'Wicked problems' which demand high patience, multiple views of sense-making, and embracing an engagement of uncertainty. and chaos.

     

    'We are OVERWHELMED BY OUR SCALE, if we are a Fortune 500 company, or we are OVERWHELMED BY OUR SCALING, if we are Slack, or Zenefits, or one of the new exponential growth startup phenomenas"

    Aaron Dignan, Responsive org movement.

     

    IS IT EVOLUTION OR A REVOLUTION?

    It doesn't matter, really. Everything changes as we speak.

    We are at an inflection point: it’s time to stop trying to add patches to an old model. Instead, embrace the new world of work.

     

    Customers' mind-set: Frugality & Frustration

    Customers demand: Reciprocity & Openness

    Brands' reality: Fragility & Exponentiality

    Companies DNA: Agility & Collaboration

    Organizational code: Creativity & Empathy

     

    Welcome to the "New normal"

     

    Organizations in FLOW start off by embracing the fact that we are in an environment that’s going to keep changing, in an exponential pace and our planning is going to keep changing obviously .

     

    Waking up to rhythm: the yet we’re going to develop and nurture an adaptive culture that’s constantly sensing and iterating upon the structure and rhythm of our organization so that we remain fully awaken, relevant and purposeful toward our mission in this world.

     

    Access and adaptability are more important than innovation. It's about the People that leads your company to new heights by flexible & adaptive culture and constant competence sharpening. Human Creativity precedes Innovation and disruption.

     

    Moonshots are necessary. Your desired 'Disruption' and 'exponential growth' relies more on organizational capabilities than on technological innovation.

     

    TEAMING What are you actually doing about your organizational and team Future-readiness? what new structures, skills, tools, and learnings should you embrace?

     

    STRUCTURE How your organization should look, act, and behave like to meet the new world standards?

     

    CULTURE How do you enable a vibrant, creative, and purposeful culture that flows with the VUCA world tempo?

     

    CREATIVE DISTRIBUTION What tools, platforms, and training methods are you embedding in your organization to create, streamline, collect and utilize all the insights, ideas, and prototypes, creative energy that pave the path to an exciting and successful future?

     

    TANGIBLE FUTURES In a correct state of constant preparation for the future as we all have to be - how do you develop the optional routes, prototypes, and practical knowledge to reveal possible, preferred and plausible futures?

     

    ARE YOUR PEOPLE FUTURE READY?

    ORGANIZATIONS HAVE ONLY TWO INVESTMENT IMPERATIVES: PEOPLE, AND TECH. PEOPLE WINS.

     

    We believe People precedes Technology.

    ...and Creativity precedes Innovation. It's a People's business; Technologies are supporting elements. This radical era shatters 'cemented' work rules on a daily basis. For starters, by 2020, creativity will be one of the top 3 skills anyone who wants to be successful in the economy of the future will need, according to the Future of Jobs report.

     

    Alvin Tofler in his book Future Shock claims that the rising rate of change in the world shakes inner equilibriums, radically changes the way we perceive and experience life in all its aspects. This fracturing stress and sudden disorientation caused by the exponential change of the ‘New Normal’ in too little time is called “future shock”.

     

    This principle of Future shock when extended to a whole organization who needs to face and adapt to multitudes of changes might create a ‘change fatigue’ causing a drop in performance, innovation competency, and culture shock levels. Organizations need to be prepared for these shocks as the rate of change plus VUCA characteristics of the new world demands reassessment and reorganizing from bottom up.

     

    Work should be reinvented for the benefit of survival.

     

    Organization must be reinvented after more then 100 years. The industrial revolution is over. A new energy demands a new form, new meaning. A whole new paradigm. It is the time for a new breed of creatively future-resilient organizations.

     

    “New Normal” Post-Industrial Work forerunners must be ready to step up to a new role; one that embraces multiple ways of perceiving the world, making a sense and shape of it, stimulating a buzzing culture of applied creativity and progress.

     

    According to Mckinsey, “half of executives rate capability building as one of their companies’ top three priorities”, however, we believe it’s more than just about knowledge and skill building; it’s about building a culture of learning that leads to innovation and growth.

     

    Bersin by Deloitte’s research shows that companies with strong learning cultures are 17% more likely than their peers to be top of their market. And C-suite leaders are paying attention. In the States alone corporate training grew by 15% in 2013 to over $700 billion.

     

    New mindset, new skills. It's time to Flow. Your future is depending on it.

    This is our time to modify and adapt our skills, working habits, and value creation ways so we could fit in and benefit from the abundance of the New Normal. BORN works with business teams that are too head-down with day-to-day tasks to rise up, stick to a lucid path, stick to the rhythm & pace of the new world, and create more value by properly adapting to uncharted new ecosystems.

     

    Learn to be a SUPERFLY

    Smooth Adaptivity. Superfly Suaveness elevated by redeeming characteristics such as intellect, sophistication, sensuality, charm and respect to the new world around you.

     

     

    DO YOU HAVE THE NECESSARY PRE-REQUISITES FOR FUTURE SUCCESS?

     

    DISRUPT OR BE DISRUPTED.

    WE ARE LIVING THROUGH SEISMIC CHANGE GREATER THAN THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.

    FEW CRITICAL POINTS TO CONSIDER:

     

    ONE. We is better than Me,

    Bottom-up is the new Top-down, Organizations are getting flatter, as People, rightfully so, are back on being the most important asset. Talents creates futures. Anything that can be digitized or automated, will be - and anything that cannot be digitized or automated will become extremely valuable. Organizations are Human-made.

     

    TWO. New Normal. We need to embrace the fact that our lives, our work, our organizations, will never be the same again.

    Be good, or be gone.

     

    THREE. We are living in the most chaotic, radical, and super creative times. Time to embrace abundance thinking, and get rid of scarcity approach that blocks your creativity and flux of opportunities rising now in the new world.

     

    FOUR. Daily, We're witnessing dazzling cultural and economic shifts offering us an abundance of new exciting opportunities for organizations. All organizations are being challenged, disrupted, and transformed by the extra-rapid cycles of changes in the VUCA world.

     

    FIVE. Remember:

    • “The average half-life of a business competency has dropped from 30 years in 1984 to 5 years today.”
    • “89% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 are not on the list today.”
    • “In the next 10 years, 40% of all S&P 500 companies will disappear from this list” ('Exponential orgs', Yuri Van Geest & Salim Ismail)

    SIX. Progressive-adaptive organizations of the new Post-Industrial Work VUCA world are crafted in a new way of working that is designed to flow with uncertainty rather than predictability.

      SEVEN. The consensus is that we are living in a world in which change at warp speed is affecting more people than ever before. Leaders need new ways to deal with these highly challenging circumstances.

       

      BORN helps organizations become more progressive and fully prepared.

       

      APPLIED FUTURES?

       

      Foresight practitioner Richard Slaughter defines his craft as “the ability to create and maintain a high-quality, coherent, and functional forward view, and to use the insights arising in useful organizational ways​

       

      THE SPLASH

       

      A splash is a good metaphor for Strategic & System foresight practitioners. We aim at where, where from, how, and when the splash takes place.

       

      We observe the size and shape of it, what are the elements and forces that caused it. We detect the one spot in which the catalytic event happened, how can we ride it or deviate from it.

       

      More then that, we look for the ripples - these elusive and impactful effects of a change that often happen in

      various dimensions, and ecosystems. We follow where these ripples flow, when, and what they might cause.

       

      1. WHAT IS A STRATEGIC SYSTEMS FUTURES PRACTICE?

      • Futures thinking is the process of developing a range of experiential and experimental views to solve complex problems and vexing issue.
      • Futures thinking is a process to explore ways in which preferable, possible, probable and plausible futures could be anticipated, developed and prepared for.
      • Futures thinking offer practical ways to understand outcomes that people can comprehend what choices and decisions can be taken today to create desired tomorrows.
      • Futures thinking stimulates innovation, gives space to alternative opinions and views, and can be a very useful strategizing tool.
      • We can help evaluate considered trajectories, your strategic steps and offer fresh perspectives.

       

      BORN propriety Applied Futures approach can be used:

      • By the organization managements looking to redefine/reinvent their strategic direction or horizons,
      • By marketing departments in order to identify new opportunities within a given category,
      • By R&D departments to direct their research according to societal changes or future technologies
      • By HR departments to envision and re-structure the whole Organization-People relationship and ecosystem to adapt and match to new realities, M&A's, organizational transformations.

      Our Applied Futures approach enables the identification of areas for development, some of which are hidden now, and may be highly disruptive. It leads companies toward new business models to be explored and it develops the current offering toward new benefits expected by the consumer of tomorrow.

       

      In broader terms, it changes the company’s outlook by fostering openness and confidence in the evolution of markets, allowing firms to prepare for the future, or even give direction to it.

       

      FROM THE EDGE OF NOW TO YOUR NEAR FUTURE

      A. We are a very grounded strategic foresight R&D practitioners. We are Not out-focused far futures dreamers.

      There is a difference in having professional strategic futurist enhancing your strategy session, or decision-making meetings.

       

      B. As Systems Futurists we focus on where not only the organization will probably and preferably be in the future. We go deeper to where the ecosystem, society, culture, market, competition, customer, economy, your brand, and other bespoke factors are heading, in order to optimize your decision making.

       

      *Let's not forget: Beneficial innovation programs starts with an experiential story about the future. openly imagining, exploring, and sharing desires and fears about the futures is a way for all of us to shape it as we want.

      CHAORDIC WORK PRINCIPLES

       

       

      1. POSITIVE REVOLUTIONS

      BORN work in a Social - Commercial matching effort. Meaning, every drop of work to commercial organizations flows and nourishes Social organizations on the other side of our projects portfolio. You know, the world still needs to get a bit better.

       

      2. FLOW TEAMS IN FLOW TIME

      We assemble bespoke teams of partners for each project from BORN global practitioners network. We curate the specific set of skills and practical experiences suited for your project. Every project has its leader that emerges from the issue at hand so vertical and horizontal knowledge, expertise, and processes are smoothly aligned and flowing to enable top results.

       

      3. CATALYSING & MOBILISING

      • Our work can mobilize & catalyze people towards creating that desired future.

      • We manufacture practical programs, new future-led experiences, new knowledge and usable materials that significantly impact your business, organization, brand and people.

      • The more people have the right knowledge, tools and confidence to articulate their desires about the future, the more those futures will be accurately shaped and achieved.

      4. WE ARE FOCUSED ON DELIVERING CLEARER REALITIES.

      • Your organization now knows how to respond to and utilize the emerging opportunities in its ecosystem.

      • Being hyper-adaptive to the swift changes of the new radical VUCA world

      • An organization with a working environment that amplifies people's collaborative assets, by nurturing the needed skills, competencies, and energy to flow in an increasingly complex and volatile reality.

      • Your management and teams are now free from obsolete knowledge, and assumptions. How about that?

       

       

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