Tools for Exploring the Future

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“The future is already here it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson

The Future isn’t certain, we struggle to understand the impact of the future and fail to see the signals that are right in front of our eyes. As the rate of change intensifies now more than ever we need to learn future survival skills. Architects are (should be/could be) an organisations sensors the antenna that sniffs the future, probes and senses for change and looks value.

Learn: crash course in becoming a futurist, looking around corners and trendspotting

Topic: Tradecraft of Transformation


Gar Mac Críosta is Founder of Business Model Adventures ( Over the past 20 years, he has facilitated development of change programs with C-level executives, senior managers, technology leaders and executives in areas of business model innovation, digital strategy, architecture and organizational effectiveness (lean/agile) across a variety of industries. His work as a digital architect, instructor and speaker has taken him around the world.

Gar Mac Críosta is a certified architect professional (IASA CITAP), a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and Certified Lego® Serious Play Facilitator among others. Gar has served on the board of the Irish Computer Society and the European Board of Iasa Global.

About the Author:

Paul Preiss is the CEO and Founder of the Iasa, one of the largest Enterprise and IT architect associations in the world. Through his time at Iasa, Paul has taken the association from a single user group in Austin Tx to an international organization with chapters in over 25 countries. Paul’s vision is a unified architecture profession with effective education, credentials and ethics which fully supports corporate strategy and delivery. He is a tireless advocate for the field and speaks on topics ranging form architecture ethics to best the best setup and structure for architecture teams. Paul has spoken at hundreds of events as well as held conferences and training for architects all over the world. He is an expert software and enterprise architect in practice and continues to work with companies on optimizing their technology strategy. Prior to developing Iasa, Paul was the chief architect for Dell Pan Asia where he helped to integrate the technology strategy across 14 countries. He also served as the chief architect for the Sears point of sale replacement in North America consisting of 2000 stores and thousands of suppliers as well as the chief architect for a digital asset management firm, Ancept.

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