by futurist consultant Ersan Seer


Why I’m a futurist. Why you should be, too.


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People don’t think about the future much. Sure, you worry about impending taxes, or your wedding 8 months from now.

But do you ever leave your book on the table and the TV turned off, and do nothing other than daydream about where human civilization is headed?

Do you wonder if we’ll ever evolve emotionally to the point that humanity becomes one whole, sustainable, peaceful society? Do you predict what kind of event will incite World War III, and what the toll on humanity will be? Do you muse on what technology could possibly bring us next in the areas of entertainment, communication, augmented reality? Do you wonder what humans will be like in 400 years? Have you realized that dogs are evolving towards spoken language?

If you’re like most people, you don’t think about these things.

I think you should, but you don’t.


Why isn’t everyone a futurist?

Is deliberate imagination considered frivolous? Some people don’t read fiction because they view it as a waste of valuable time—an understandable sentiment, in this culture of Productivity = Value.

Maybe you’ve had bad experiences in school.
Daydreaming is a stigma, and it’s tragic. If you daydream in school, you’re branded as aloof, lazy, and a rule-breaker. The fact that we condition daydreaming out of our youngsters is one of the greatest pitfalls of modern society.

Maybe you’d rather be distracted by the here and now — a side effect of this age of instant gratification.

Maybe it’s because the “now” we live in is getting smaller and smaller, as the pace of technology increases. (For more on this, read Clock of the Long Now or see their website.)

All these reasons contribute to the lack of futurist conversation in the everyday. But let’s move past why you’re not a futurist, because that’s beside the point, and let’s talk about this:

Why should you become a futurist?

Powerful people spend a lot of time thinking about the future. I would argue that it’s one source of their power.

The future is written by anyone who stands up and writes it. How can that much power not be exciting?

From my observations, the average person doesn’t spend much time thinking about the future. They should. It’s damned thrilling.

The future is scary.

Imagine how terrifying the atomic bomb would have seemed to the North American settlers.

That’s how scary 22nd century technology will be.

The future is magical.

The smartphone you carry in your pocket every day is a piece of magic. At least, to your grandparents when they were your age, it would have been.

That’s how magical the technology of 2060 will be.

My part in all this:

At the core of is a cause: I want you to imagine the future with me.

I have found that people are ready and eager to have deep conversations about the future. And that makes me giddy as a schoolgirl.

People just need futurists like me to guide and encourage them to awaken the wonderment. That’s why I’m a futurist. I’m answering a calling.

Join me in the conversation!

Ersan Seer

Ersan Seer is a futurist consultant, coolhunter, market researcher, strategic advisor, and concept artist. Ersan hungers to make the future world a more peaceful, survivable place.  → Read More & Book Ersan Seer

One Response to Why I’m a futurist. Why you should be, too.

  1. Tricia-Leanne says:

    Mmmmmmmm……. I just randomly stumbled upon here…… But it was a great visit…. I studying a Masters of Sustainable Development @ Bond University & Masters of Design Futures @ Griffith University in Australia……. I will be writing my dissertation for my PhD in Jan next year and building the business plan for my company Design Futuring International whilst I don’t have any artistic ability I am a futurist from the ethical, political, social and ecological front and wanting to build a new paradigm on how humans can evolve from being consumers and consumption beast to being at one with living within the universe and completing the circle of life so all living systems work in harmony….. Im interested in social imagineering or re-engineering but not in creating a utopian or nirvana like environment but one were creative thinking and analysis are as normal as breathing for every person living on the planet where being a cog in a wheel or a an industrial enterprise muppet is way behind us in history…… Go forth and conquer and change the world with your calling……. I love that line…..take care with grace and smiles TL

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