3 Scenarios For a Future Sustainable Singapore

June 8, 2014 by  
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Futures and scenario thinking or planning is not about predicting the future, but is about understanding what is possible, encouraging conversations, and informing decision making. Futures thinking usually looks at trends related to PESTEL – Politics, Economics, Social, Technology, Environment, and Legal. What trends are relevant and predictable? Which direction is it moving and what is the impact?

Based on key trends and their effects, scenarios or stories about the future are then developed to better communicate what the future could look like. The intention is not to predict the future but to give a range of what is possible for people to make better decisions in the present.

Let’s take a look at some possible key PESTEL trends that we could see for Singapore in 2030: Read more

Singapore Energy Conference: Assessing the Energy Landscape for Today and Tomorrow by Peter Schwartz

November 11, 2008 by  
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Mr Peter Schwartz, Chairman of the Global Business Network and renowned futurist, gave a keynote address on “Assessing the Energy Landscape for Today and Tomorrow” at the Singapore Energy Conference held last week. He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel (IAP) on Energy set up by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to “provide insights and perspectives on emerging trends in the global energy arena, and to advise on the strategic directions for the energy sector in Singapore”.

In his presentation, Mr Schwartz focused on five key questions for the energy future:

  1. How much will income grow?
  2. How much will efficiency contribute?
  3. What is the future of conventional oil and gas?
  4. How much will greenhouse gas matter?
  5. What is the future of low carbon technology?

These five questions will define how our energy future would look like. Let’s take a closer look at Mr Schwartz’s thoughts on the questions. Read more