Do you understand the forces shaping the future?
“The FutureWorld strategic process was the most powerful experience of my entire corporate life. It was profound, life changing and will shift the future of our company in a way no other process could have.”
– Mxolisi Mgojo, CEO, Exxaro Resources
“…helped us establish 5 new businesses in 18 months.”
– Leon Vermaak, Former CEO, Telesure Insurance
“One new business that we are implementing will create R1bn in value in the immediate future.”
– Bernard Swanepoel, Former CEO, Harmony Gold
“EDGE is a first in the South African banking industry. To date, no other bank has been able to offer this kind of engagement model.”
– Zimkhitha Zatu, CEO, Standard Bank Edge
“Our business was ready for this very necessary mindset change; and FutureWorld has done a tremendous job of helping us.”
– Ian Cockerill, Former CEO, Gold Fields
“In less than six months, the team met with more than 100 farmers in three countries, conducted customer discovery interviews, tested paper prototypes and validated multiple value propositions and a high-fidelity prototype that customers want.”
– Alessandro Colafranceschi, CEO, Tillo.app
Two companies… The one, a network of practitioners and futurists with a thirty-year record of helping their clients understand the forces shaping the future, and in turn devising powerful strategies to make that future a reality. The other, a growing startup building a reputation for itself as the “intel chip of innovation” – silently working in the background to empower clients to build new businesses. Both coming together to achieve a single purpose: To help companies understand, design and create the impactful innovations that will power their business of tomorrow.
That’s our origin story, and as we build our business of tomorrow, we’re determined to aid you in building yours.
“Better than Harvard!”
– Maurice Radebe, CEO, Sasol Oil
Strategy from the future
Our trademarked ‘Strategy from the Future’ process, guides leaders to understand the forces shaping the future and how to capitalise on them.
We develop a Strategic Innovation Mandate to achieve exponential growth in revenue and stakeholder value, with separate targets for the Business of Tomorrow and the Business of Today.
Corporate venture fund
In line with global best practice, a corporate venture fund is established to provide the funding and governance mechanisms for exponential growth pursuits.
We design and create truly innovative workspaces that inspire, and unleash humanness and creative thinking.
Design Thinking and Lean Startup
Through our powerful prototyping process, Design Thinking and Lean Startup methodologies, we fast-track high-value Business of Tomorrow opportunities based on real customer feedback.
Building new businesses
With executive support, we build a portfolio of new businesses into sources of new revenue and profit. This is done within a tested corporate venturing process where risks are reduced, and agility and return on investment are maximised.
Simultaneously, opportunities are identified to optimise the Business of Today.
At our core, FutureWorld wants to help you do things differently, put your customers at the forefront of your efforts, and partner with you to deliver your business of tomorrow.
Understand the fundamental shifts shaping business and society, and devise powerful strategies for the future.
Connect with your clients meaningfully, using their insights to turn ideas and hunches into game-changing businesses.
Bridge the gap between strategy and execution, ensuring collaboration across your organisation.
Gain a team of practitioners, who combine experience with startup thinking.
Our weekly publication of possible scenarios of the future, published as “news from the future”
Dateline: 29 May 2022
Car manufacturers in trouble for colluding with insurance companies
Big data has been big business for some time now. The more you know about your customer, the more you can personalize offers, and the easier it is to sell more people more things. Even better, you also get to on-sell all that data that your customers pay you to collect on them, to other third-party businesses to use …
Dateline: 2 June 2024
Sharing homes and lives, not just power drills
Co-living has been on the block for a while, but it’s no longer a fringe phenomenon. You won’t see singles scouting for bachelor flats or studio apartments. Instead, digital nomads are co-living by choice, opting for shared residences that are part dorm and part hotel, giving their inhabitants private bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, but communal kitchens …
Dateline: 3 June 2022
Smart software is so convincingly smart, we trust it more than people
“Trust me, I’m a doctor!” is an old cliché, that we’ve all learned to take with a pinch of salt, but now there’s a new benchmark for trust. How often, when a friend or colleague spouts a factoid or news bite, do you check it out on Google for accuracy? And when driving to a new destination, or trying to beat traffic, you rely on your smart device – car or phone …
Dateline: 9 May 2023
Now the rich are outsourcing their aching neck muscles
Back when mobile phones just arrived on the market, it was all the rage to walk around with the Nokia brick in your hand. As the years went by, the more screens you had, the higher your status; laptop, tablet, phone, smart watch – the more you had, the better. Time and again though, what happens after ubiquity? Yes, you guessed it, the exact inverse. It’s the poor …
Dateline: 22 May 2024
The art of anticipating the future is forgetting the past
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past decade, it’s that the future will be different to what we expected, and often surprisingly so. You’ve got to remember to forget. We’re now used to moon landings from private companies, and space-age internet that blankets the planet and is virtually free. All this using technology that hadn’t been invented in 2014 …
Dateline: 15 June 2021
It’s looking a lot like gold
We all remember the great Bitcoin crash of 2018, and the volatility that followed, but now it seems that the cryptocurrency is finding its niche, with investors at least. Bitcoin has been to the peak of inflated expectations, and through the troughs of disillusion and despair; the hype is finally (almost) over, and it’s emerging onto the plateau of acceptance. As the poster child of blockchain tokens of …
Dateline: 18 June 2024
Our planet will be a lot emptier than we first expected
It’s always been hard to question the status quo, whether it’s speaking out against Apartheid or tackling climate change. Very few people take on the UN over one of the most widespread assumptions in society. But thank goodness someone did. In 2019 the weak signals were there for those who wanted to see. Whereas the UN projected 9 billion …
Dateline: 3 May 2024
China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries
They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after they’ve ceased to function. Sure, a small percentage can be ‘reprocessed’ into new types of nuclear fuel, but costs are so punitive, most power …
Dateline: 1 May 2029
And the busyness out of business
It’s almost amusing to think that, just over a decade ago, people were worried that automation would kill off jobs, and leave workers destitute. At the same time, tycoons like Jack Ma were supporting the ‘996’ work ethic of ambitious young Chinese workers; that’s where you work from 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. But then it dawned on management and staff alike, that you can get more …
Dateline: 11 April 2028
Big tech scrambles to hire bio-ethicists as inter-species genetic engineering debate heats up
It’s 2019 all over again. Silicon Valley is on a hiring spree – for bio-ethicists. Advances in genetic engineering involving integrating animal DNA into human embryos, and human DNA into animals, using CRISPR technology, to enhance health and cognitive ability …
Dateline: 11 May 2025
It’s like an actual superpower for devices
See through clothing, analyze chemicals without touching them, and communicate in nanoseconds – these are just some of the new things our smart devices can do, thanks to terahertz frequency waves, or t-wavez as they are known in the industry. It’s astounding to think that, only six years ago, t-wavez were new, and although promising …
Dateline: 5 April 2036
Cheap solar powers the next energy revolution
Now that solar power has become so ubiquitous and abundant that it’s almost free, energy companies are turning to the most efficient and harmless way of storing excess electricity for later use – hydrogen. It’s over 30 years since Jeremy Rifkin predicted the hydrogen economy, but it’s finally in full swing. The beauty of hydrogen is that it’s easily …
Dateline: 17 April 2025
Japan calls digital timeout to save society
The Internet will bring us closer, they said. It will improve social connection, they said. Yeah, about that… In the early days of the web and social media, we all thought that it’s simply an add-on to actual, face-to-face, relationships. However, with time it became all too easy to create the facade of a perfect life on Instagram. Real-life conversations gradually morphed …
Dateline: 22 March 2022
Computers can also make mistakes
Your driverless car does have a driver, but it’s not human, it’s a machine; or rather, a system, including bits of hardware and software, and things to make them operate independently and together. If it sounds pretty complicated, that’s because modern automated systems are. In fact, if it wasn’t for the sophistication of electronic components and their advanced …
Dateline: 4 May 2023
It just ain’t the global web anymore
It started with certain sites being blocked to protect regimes and minimize dissent. But it wasn’t long before we saw the blackout of the Internet in whole nations, for days. Now we’re heading for the splintering of the Internet into multiple networks with so much bureaucracy involved, we’ll likely run out of red tape. In 2016 there were 75 Internet shutdowns globally. Within a year it rose to 108 …
Dateline: 27 February 2024
African government outsources its citizens to Alipay
They say history never repeats itself – but it sure does rhyme. In a move that can best be compared to the way large parts and populations of Africa and India were divided up and dished out to the management of private firms, such as the British and Dutch East India companies …
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