In the face of all that is going on in the world, there is something profoundly healing about remembering that the future is not predictable, the future is unfolded. Futures are unfolded by constellations of signals.
A signal is tangible, real, specific, vivid. It changes the environment around it. It disrupts, with the potential to grow and to shape the future.
In Strategic Foresight, one of the fundamentals is to scan for signals of change happening right now. We look all the time, for the emerging signals of change that are happening as external events, products, services, policies, innovative solutions.
What if, we look at the people behind those signals: at ourselves, tackling the problems that we are in-love with solving?
What if, instead of looking outside of ourselves, we recognized ourselves as the signals of change?
What if, you recognize yourself as a signal? Because, when you do, you embrace the agency that you have in each moment to unlock a next step forward. The future is not predictable, it is unfolded.
Taking humanitarian action, showing up to change status quo systems, inventing new solutions, connecting with people by nourishing their wellbeing…whatever your work is, these are times when we’re all in need of self-care as changemakers, to keep the faith in what we can contribute.
If you don’t see yourself as a signal now, then when?
Over the years, I have created a practice, Be The Signal. Believe me, when I say, that there’s something so deeply healing and hopeful and powerful when you use this practice in moments of joy and flow, as well as in those moments of fear, overwhelm, exhaustion, as a way of finding yourself and your courage, so that you can take the next step.
Come and experience it for yourself. To learn the practice, you can join me for a class, or get in touch about 1–1 sessions via firstname.lastname@example.org , or gift a session to someone who you know is struggling right now to find their way forward.
Let’s make this year, the one that we look back to from flourishing futures. Where we see ourselves, in a moment of grace, amongst the raging, fruitless storms of hate. As we peer through time, from then to now, and see the radiance of our unprecedented luminosity, like a constellation of lights popping on, lighting our way forward.