The Five Futures Glasses

How to see and understand more of the future with the Eltville Model

Many problems in management and in life result from people’s different views on the future. People subconsciously assume that everyone understands how they think and talk about the future in the same way as they do. They assume that everyone is wearing the same ‚futures glasses‘ which often causes misunderstanding, frustration and failure. The five futures glasses described in this book make it easier to see and understand more of the future:

  • The blue futures glasses are for assumptions about the probable future of your environment
  • The red futures glasses are for possible surprises in your environment
  • The green futures glasses are for opportunities to create a better future
  • The yellow futures glasses are for your vision of a desired future
  • The violet futures glasses are for your planned future and for your actions.

The five futures glasses and the resulting „Eltville Model“ bridge the gap between everyday life and futures research. They have been developed through research in more than a thousand workshops and projects with non-profit organizations as well as with leading corporations around the world, such as BOSCH, Microsoft, BAYER, AstraZeneca, Roche, Ernst+Young, Ford, Vodafone, EADS and Nestle. This model provides you with a road map for thinking and communicating about the future and a comprehensive structure for your future projects as well as your strategy. In addition, the Eltville Model helps you to apply the common foresight tools much more effectively.

280 pages, EUR 37,30, ISBN 978-0230247055

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2014 von der Association of Professional Futurists ausgezeichnet als

Award: Most Significant Futures Works

„The Five Futures Glasses “ by Dr. Pero Micic was awarded by the Association of Professional Futurists as „Most Significant Futures Works“.

Jury Comments: „This is an important book for foresight and planning professionals and consultants as it explains step-by-step a comprehensive strategy development method and process to be aware of and to add/adapt to their own toolkit.“ Another judge noted that it provides „a good overview of the importance of future thinking and how methods/perspectives have evolved over time.“

„I know of no one approach that covers the whole futures field as systematically and intelligently as the Eltville Model does.“

„It is a singular contribution to our field that brings us one step closer to building a professional consensus on how we should approach the future.“

„The Eltville Model, with the five futures glasses, is the most comprehensive and integrated model of strategy development using the perspectives and tools of strategic foresight that I know.“


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