What is a signal of change? (6 mins)
Signals of change are new ideas or innovations that could change the game for sustainability in the future. The change could come in ways that are positive, negative, or just complex! Wherever you look, signals are waiting to be spotted.
Choose one of these categories to explore how a myriad of signals can be spotted in any one field:
|Business model||Citizen action|
|Application||Idea / innovation|
Which box did you pick?
Did any of the signals surprise you?
Starter kit essentials (1 min)
Here’s what you will need to embark on your signal spotting journey.
Pick up each of these attributes by inhaling them one deep breath at a time.
|Interest in the future||Questioning mind|
Great! Now that you’re all geared up, let’s dive right into our exercises.
Exercise 1 (8 mins)
Now that you know what a signal of change is, click on these four signals to learn more about each of them.
Can you identify what two things they all have in common, that is different from any other news story?
What did you come up with?
Let’s take a closer look at each signal to see what makes them tick.
(*What is good / bad for sustainability is often not binary – read the full signals to weigh more implications)
So what do these signals have in common? That’s right,
1) They are all things that we’re seeing for the first time, or we’re seeing a big step up in significance.
2) Each has the potential to change the future in its own unique way, with implications for sustainability.
Great work, we are now ready to move on to the next exercise.
Exercise 2 (15 mins)
Look through these six media sources. How many of them are signals of change? *Hint you might have to scan the whole article to get the full picture.
|1. Aldi launches ‘flexitarian’ Full of Beans chilled mince||
2. Germany’s new crowdfunded train sounds almost too good to be true
3. Are robots coming to take investor jobs on Wall Street?
4. Duterte: Terrorism funded by illegal drug trade
5. Dubai wants all government documents on blockchain by 2020
6. Australian family rescued after night on Japan mountain
How many of those do you think are signals?
We saw two, and here’s how we got there:
Did you pick out the same signals that we did? Are there any you disagree with?
We love to be challenged, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Exercise 3 (5 mins)
What signals of change have you seen recently?
Try to come up with three, and think of why each one is game-changing.
Nice one! Share the signals you’ve spotted in the comments below so we can continue the discussion on what makes something a signal (or not), and what the implications for sustainability are.
Join the signal spotting community (5 mins)
Now that you’ve got the hang of spotting your own signals, why not use the Futures Centre as your space to keep track of change? We are a dynamic community tracking what’s new to find opportunities for a sustainable future.
Here’s how to join the community and get the most out of the site:
Congratulations! You are now a bonafide signal spotter.
What is the first signal that you will share with the world?
*To submit a signal you should first be registered on the site and logged in.