Can Flash Foresight Help US Regain Economic Competitiveness?

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After the United States ranked 5th in a recent World Economic Forum survey, many people, especially Americans are worried whether they can get back on track and become competitive once more. Daniel Burrus thinks so and all we need is a flash foresight.

According to Burrus, flash foresight is a sudden burst of insight about the future that produces a new and radically different way of doing something that will open up invisible opportunities and solve seemingly impossible problems often before they happen.

“Government, business and education, not to mention millions of individuals in all professions, are faced with an increasingly uncertain future as they try to solve a growing list of seemingly impossible problems,” says Burrus. “Flash foresight is a sudden grasp of a future certainty, opening up heretofore invisible opportunities and seeing solutions to seemingly impossible problems.”

But hold on a second. Certainty? With the complexities of life, how can one be certain of how things will turn out? Burrus points out the difference between soft and hard trends.

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Flash Foresight, bestselling book; photo courtesy of Daniel Burrus

The concept of Flash Foresight is not limited to governments and large businesses. It can also apply even to small organizations

Daniel Burrus
Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and business strategists, and is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients understand how technological, social and business forces are converging to create enormous untapped opportunities. He is a strategic advisor to leaders from Fortune 500 companies helping them to see invisible opportunities and solve seemingly impossible problems. His book, Flash Foresight is The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestseller as well as the highly acclaimed Technotrends.

See More: Judyth Piazza interviews Daniel Burrus, Author of Flash Foresight on The American Perspective Radio Program.