Futures & Sensemaking Series #1

Author, Sean Moffitt, Co-Founder, Grey Swan Guild & Managing Director, Futureproofjng :Next.

Our Guild of 1,800 change agents recently pondered a current state attention-challenged world where:

In this tornado of opinion, data chaos & false urgency, “flavour of the day” opinion, fake news & half truths and shortened…


GSG Edition #36 — let’s discuss: https://www.clubhouse.com/join/grey-swan-guild/CdPYnxVT/MRGwGRVN

Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition #36 of Volume 1 | 24 September 2021

Editors: This week’s editors are a gang of Grey Swan Guild “Newbies” — new as editors and new as connected friends… (Editorial comment: Be good to us, this has been an experiment having so many contributors and all of us new to the game… this may not be as tight as usual).

This week, and particularly with September being “Friendship Month”, we take a bite at the broad theme of Social Connections.

“It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter”. Marlene Dietrich


The Past of Work circa 1964

Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition #35 of Volume 1 | 17 September 2021

Editor: Rob Tyrie

This week, we take a look at hybrid work: what it is and what it might be.

There is a central dogma to knowledge work, which includes overhead activities like managing, checking, coordinating, orchestrating, communicating, explaining, summarizing, cutting and pasting. That central dogma was this — it was better for the company and the workers if they were closely located in campuses or buildings. And city planners leaned in to ensure collections of business in denser collections of downtowns and business parks. …


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Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition #34 of Volume 1 | 11 September 2021

Editor: Louise Mowbray

This week, we explore how the events of 9/11 and the ensuing years have shaped our world, and how we think about and design for a future we want to live in.

With the events of the last couple of weeks fresh in our minds, we’re struck by the realisation that we will never again be able to think about 9/11 without connecting the dots to the US and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of August.

It’s a strange dichotomy. The…


Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition: Sept 3, 2021 #33 of Vol. 1

Theme: Living Our Leadership Editor: Doyle Buehler

Leadership is a massive part of what we do, everyday. Sometimes we forget about it as it seems so far off and not relevant, and as my Hockey Coach used to say — “keep your head up”; or you’ll get checked to the ice — HARD. He was right. It affects every one of us, whether we acknowledge it or not. We have a sense of “bad” leadership… or do we really just think we do? Is it ‘natural’…


Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition: Aug 27, 2021 #32 of Vol. 1

Theme: This Women’s Work. Editor: Antonia Nicols

Credit: Unknown

Editor’s Note: Normally, The Week That Was tracks and makes sense of breaking news stories during the week prior along the lines of The Great, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Grey. All editors submit pieces for the week, and the weekly editor finds the sense-making “through-line” during the compiling of stories.

This week, however, the evolving situation for women and girls in Afghanistan has weighed heavily on our collective minds, as has the changing nature of…


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Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition: Aug 20, 2021 #31 of Vol. 1

Theme: Reap the Whirlwind Lead Editor: Ben Thurman

Observing the news the last two weeks, stories from past decades are returning to haunt or delight us. A hasty withdraw from Afghanistan has echoes of exits from Vietnam (1975 U.S. evacuation) and Afghanistan (1842 British disaster) in earlier times; mask debates and geometric COVID case increases are on repeat in the tape deck, like The Wall playing in an old Jeep Cherokee ( and not the new electric one). On the lighter side, streaming services have old…


(The numerology number 30 represents highly creative and social energies. 30 resonates with optimism. It can be thought of as a limitless 3 — the creative digit 3 followed by the unlimited digit 0. The numerology essence of the number 30 resonates with and supports creative expression and encourages it in others.)

Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition: Aug 13, 2021 #30 of Vol. 1

Theme: Climate Escalation (Literally & more literal than ever) Lead Editor: Agustin Borrasas

Escalation can happen in any way — it be as much to cancel all carbon emissions or it could be the escalation of deniers seeing their world dethroned by the UN and thousands of scientists…


Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition: Aug 6, 2021 #29 of Vol. 1

Theme: What Lies Beneath (Literally & Figuratively) Lead Editor: Sean Moffitt

Weeks ago, we discussed various future themes and one of our editors Antonia locked onto getting at the “under belly” of future challenges, current states and next Grey Swans. I liked the ambition and language, so here we are this week.

Getting at “what lies beneath” is what we instinctively do as sensemakers anyway, but this week we make it explicit.

This week is #29 of a compendium of stories and headlines we’re tracking in…


Grey Swan Guild News Wrap Edition: July 30, 2021 #28 of Vol. 1

Breaking: Emancipation, RIP Ron “Pocket Fisherman” Popeil, 7 Medal Winner , Canada’s Mark Spitz, Penny Oleksiek, VaxWars, Openess and Closing.

Theme: Illigitium non-Caborundum (in mock Latin — don’t let the b*$%^# grind you down) Lead Editor: Rob Tyrie

Each week we publish a series of stories and headlines we’re tracking in the Grey Swan Guild’s Global League of Sensemakers Newsroom. We think of them as ground zero for ideas, news and data that may become viral.

Here is The Great, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly…

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