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THIS IS THE VERY BEST NEWS FROM THE FUTURE

New award captures the spirit of 'Learning from the Future'
Dateline: 5 January 2009

The Wall Street Journal’s annual innovation awards were this year coupled with FutureWorld’s ‘Best Headlines from the Future’ award.

The FutureWorld awards are based on subscribers’ views of the future scenarios in their weekly MindBullets publication. The competition is designed to encourage businesses to explore alternate scenarios, and the entries came, not from the writers and strategists, but from business executives themselves – a sure indication of relevance in the marketplace.

This year, award nominations ranged from the comic to the tragic and highlight the vastly different perspectives on our alternate futures. It goes to show once again that forecasting is difficult, if not impossible – especially when it concerns the future.

At last night’s nomination ceremony, Arthur C. Clarke commented: “The future is never a problem. The challenge is to get people to act on it – before they have to.”


ANALYSIS >> SYNTHESIS: How this scenario came to be

The Wall Street Journal’s annual innovation awards were this year coupled with FutureWorld’s ‘Best Headlines from the Future’ award.

The FutureWorld awards are designed to encourage business to explore alternate scenarios, and these entries came not from writers and strategists, but from business people themselves. This is a clear indication that the approach continues to gather popularity.

This year, nominations included everything from the funny to the tragic.

Here are the nominations for the award of
‘Best Headlines from the Future – Dateline 2029’

The London Sunday Times

EU UPS RETIREMENT AGE TO 100

The New Scientist

BABY CONCEIVED NATURALLY – SCIENTISTS STUMPED

The Independent

OZONE CREATED BY ELECTRIC CARS NOW THOUGHT TO BE KILLING
MILLIONS IN CHINA

Greenpeace Monitor

EXPLOSION OF BALD EAGLE NUMBERS THREATENS UNITED STATES
LIVESTOCK

Wall Street Journal – Europe

IRAQ REMAINS CLOSED OFF; PHYSICISTS ESTIMATE IT WILL TAKE 10
MORE YEARS BEFORE RADIOACTIVITY DECREASES TO SAFE LEVELS.

Le Monde

FRANCE MUSLIM MAJORITY SEEKS POLITICAL CHANGE

USA Today

AT CASTRO’S FUNERAL PRESIDENT CHELSEA CLINTON STOPS BAN ON
CUBAN CIGARS BUT BANS ALL SMOKING

Miami Herald

GEORGE Z. BUSH SAYS HE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2032.

Melbourne Sun

OIL PRICE HITS $25 A BARREL. MID-EAST IN TURMOIL AS
FUNDAMENTALISM RISES

Der Spiegel

RESULTS OF 20-YEAR, $20 BILLION US STUDY: DIET AND EXERCISE THE
KEY TO WEIGHT LOSS

Washington Post

NEW US FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THAT ALL NAIL CLIPPERS,
SCREWDRIVERS, FLY SWATTERS AND ROLLED-UP NEWSPAPERS MUST BE
REGISTERED BY JANUARY 2030.

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Warning: Hazardous Thinking at Work

Despite appearances to the contrary, Futureworld cannot and does not predict the future. Our Mindbullets scenarios are fictitious and designed purely to explore possible futures, challenge and stimulate strategic thinking. Use these at your own risk. Any reference to actual people, entities or events is entirely allegorical. Copyright Futureworld International Limited. Reproduction or distribution permitted only with recognition of Copyright and the inclusion of this disclaimer. © Public domain image.

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