Using futures methodologies, we help education, workforce development, businesses and economic development organizations create preferred futures by identifying signals and trends to create foresight that leads to insight and sustained action.

What is a signal?

A signal is typically a small or local innovation or disruption that has the potential to grow in scale and geographic distribution. A signal can be a new product, a new practice, a new market strategy, a new policy, or new technology. It can be an event, a local trend, or an organization. It can also be a recently revealed problem or state of affairs. In short, it is something that catches our attention at one scale and in one locale and points to larger implications for other locales or even globally. 

Source: Institute for the Future 

Future of Learning: Underage Access to Social Media


Despite most social media sites having age guidelines in place, which usually restrict children younger than 13 from joining, 13% of parents who have a child under the age of 11 say their child uses TikTok and 10% say their child uses Snapchat.


The origin of the 13+ age restrictions is a 22-year-old US law called COPPA, aka the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. This piece of legislation makes it illegal to collect or store the personal information of children under age 13.  By definition, social media platforms collect and store users’ personal information. So in order to comply with the law they needed - officially at least - to ban under-13 access.  Technically it’s not “breaking the law” - it’s ignoring an advisory restriction. Parents could be sending a message to their children that you can write your own rules online.

Source: Pew Research Center

Future of Work: Warm Words


Stanford studies show that a physician's positive, confident and  warm words reduce skin irritation and increase the positive placebo effects of treatment.
Words and tone of voice can literally heal or hurt. Educators and other professionals can significantly raise the efficacy of  their practices by becoming better communicators. Communication will become a critical element of professional training for a wider range of sectors.