We want to teach the whole human story – past, present and future.

Peter C. Bishop, former professor of strategic foresight at the University of Houston, founder and executive director of Teach the Future.

 

How we anticipate matters, for it changes the present.

Riel Miller, Foresight – UNESCO

 

The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.

John Schaar (1928-2011), scientific adviser to President Nixon, professor at Berkeley

 

Let us have several futures in mind if our aim is to be resilient.

Anthony (Tony) Hodgson, International Futures Forum and founder of Decision Integrity Limited

Interview of Hodgson by –skopìa

 

Anticipation is an innovative version of strategic thinking.

Roberto Poli, UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, president of –skopìa

 

All models are wrong, but some are useful.

George Box (1919 –2013), statistician and pioneer of quality control

 

Human beings do not behave like all other animals. One single man or woman can change the history of a whole species, starting with a vision, an aspiration, the power of an unrealised idea.

Garry Jacobs, World Academy of Art and Science

The limits of forecasting are well known: data are unreliable, and forecasts are poor at dealing with novelties and surprises.

Andrew Curry, director at The Futures Company, London

 

We must learn to think from things yet to happen.

Liisa Välikangas, Institute for the Future

 

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-skopìa is a start-up company with the University of Trento. A multi-service, for-profit corporation, -Skopìa provides strategic intelligence, based on the analysis of changes, risks and opportunities, and consulting services for the development of anticipatory-based skills.
-skopìa offers counselling to communities, government and businesses through research based on the theory of anticipation. Anticipation includes both forecasts (e.g. extrapolations from time series) and the exploration of possible futures (e.g. scenarios), but its scope is broader than either of them.

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THE FUTURE IN SCHOOLS

THE FUTURE IN SCHOOLS

Teaching in schools at all levels is the exclusive remit of an orientation to the past. Knowledge of the past is undoubtedly an important aspect of social identity, but why should this approach be so programmatically "exclusive"?

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A CULTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL RISK

Developing an environmental risk culture involves integrating the knowledge of professionals, decision makers and the public in order to learn to live with the prospects of potential threats without fear and alarmism.

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A CULTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL RISK

LAW AND INSURANCE

LAW AND INSURANCE

The insurance sector finds it exceedingly difficult to predict the evolution of legislation and the attendant impact on business. The legislative process is more often than not unnervingly slow and fragmented, permanently lagging behind societal and market changes.

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ANTICIPATORY RISK MANAGEMENT

The Anticipatory Risk Management (ARM) of -skopìa is meant to anticipate possible risks, instead of reacting to events. ARM starts from the premise that it is impossible to build a complete list of risks. Some changes are so significant and happen so quickly that one can either anticipate them or relinquish the idea of having a substantial say in the outcome.

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Anticipatory Risk Mangement

Osservatori e Trend

HORIZON SCANNERS AND TREND

When quantitative analyses of past data become "short-sighted", sector projections and forecasts neglect the context, and one loses sight of variables and margins of error, in short, when things do not add up and the unexpected catches us off guard or even overwhelms us, it's time to expand our horizons and deepen the qualitative side of the red threads connecting past, present, and future.

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HEALTH, WELLNESS, AGEING

The right to live a peaceful, active and happy life appears to be endangered, even though statistics show that the world population has never been so large, long-lived and healthy. -skopìa is developing new strategies, such as urging people to take control of their own future, instead of letting themselves be overwhelmed by it.

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Salute, Benessere, Invecchiamento

Services

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  • Applied research in all fields of interest and concern to the science of anticipation
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  • Description of possible changes and transformations in complex organizations
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  • Preventative and cost containment strategies for critical events or trends
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  • Analysis of high-profile rare events
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  • Trend impact analysis, horizon scanning, scenario-based planning
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+39 0461 283703

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dal Lunedì al Venerdì: 10.00 - 18.00

About -skopìa

-skopìa is a start-up company with the University of Trento. A multi-service, for-profit corporation, -skopìa provides strategic intelligence, based on the analysis of changes, risks and opportunities, and consulting services for the development of anticipatory-based skills.