Today’s children may live to 120 years old and work up until their 100th birthday. This generation may need to prepare themselves to work in 40 or more different jobs in a fast-changing world where the boundaries between what humans and machines do will continue to shift.

There is little doubt that accelerating and ever-more impactful advances in science and technology will play an increasingly significant part in our everyday lives. The below global drives of change highlight how rapid advances are altering the way we might live and work and the way in which we manage our relationship with technology.

The role of a futurist is growing in prominence, and demand for our input is rising. Businesses and governments increasingly see 'ownership of the future' as as a key strategic goal. It is now common for futurists to be called in to advise businesses, governments, NGOs and - increasingly - individual clients, about our rapidly evolving reality and how to navigate the emerging landscape. Good futures work and foresight research involve the use of many different tools and techniques to identify and analyse the forces, trends, developments, and ideas shaping the future. Here we explore some of the key processes that a futurist employs and some typical applications of foresight.