We are living in a V.U.C.A World

What does VUCA mean?

V.U.C.A is an acronym, coined by the military and now used widely in the private and public sectors. It stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. The feeling of VUCA results from our sense that things are moving faster, things seem more complex that problems we face are beyond what inspires us and more “wicked” (a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements).

What creates  a VUCA environment?

All of this is the result of the fact that there are more interconnections, whether you’re researching the vaccine or a cryptocurrency, managing a project at work, or simply trying to understand what lies beneath the nightly news. Interconnections make everything, both personal and professional more VUCA.

So why does Future Center matter?

Because while the world is more VUCA, the way we think about the world hasn’t caught up yet. The way we tend to think, is a technical term, I like to call, LAMO: linear, anthropocentric, mechanistic, and ordered. Here’s the problem. The world is nonlinear, and it includes feedback and webs of the interconnectedness of causality. Yet, we think in simplistic linear and causal ways.

We are not the center of our world, and our world is not the center of universe. Yet we look at things through our human centered lens. The world is adaptive and organic. Yet we think it works like a machine. The world is networked and complex with a sprinkling of randomness, yet we think of things in ordered static categories and hierarchies. Our thinking is biased in ways that don’t match up with the way the world actually works, we project this bias onto the world, and often ignore the important feedback the world’s giving us, leading to results that we do not like.

What is the purpose of Future Center?

Our adventurers look for insight our adventurers efforts inspires new ways of thinking, beliefs and attitudes that are in alignment with the emerging world and yield better insights, better innovations, and better results.

We approach our sessions and investments with a filter on whether it adds to or relieves the following Global crises:

  • Climate and Environment Change
  • Covid-19
  • Misinformation
  • Unemployment
  • Distress (mental health)
  • War
  • Identity

Join us, to learn how to use these powerful ideas to inspire and be more effective, personally and professionally.