DFS @ Beyond Festival: Beyondala Story Resonator

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This summer the Dutch Future Society, represented by Peter van der Wel & Stephan Verveen, attended the Beyond Festival to capture and amplify ‘weak signals of change’.

Weak Signals are past or current developments/issues with ambiguous interpretations of their origin, meaning and/or implications. They are unclear observables informing us about the probability of future events. For example, changes in public attitudes to one thing or another, an emerging pattern of concern about emerging societal problems.

Finding “relevant” weak signals is one of the most challenging tasks in futures research and their analysis often leads to the identification of potential Wild Cards. Given that weak signals lie in the ‘eye of the observer’, practically anything could be a weak signal.