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Re‐perceiving the future through the lens of the past

Peter Schwartz (President of Global Business Network, is an internationally renowned futurist and business strategist)

Planning Review

ISSN: 0094-064X

Article publication date: 1 May 1992



Today we find ourselves in an environment where we are constantly caught by surprise. Sometimes we miss profound opportunities because we fail to see them — and they are there to be seen. One of the principle roles of good scenario planning is to condition people to see the world more thoughtfully and insightfully, to recognize the signals of surprise as such and to act upon them.


Schwartz, P. (1992), "Re‐perceiving the future through the lens of the past", Planning Review, Vol. 20 No. 5, pp. 36-64.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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