Using your own organisation as a radar

Too many early warning systems depend on a central staff scanning for signals in a mass of noise. The workshop I ran today was interesting, as it deliberately brought in colelagues from very varied functions – and also different continents, with 15 participating on-line – for a half day session to understand what they see as being the most important themes emerging right now in their environment – a form of side-casting, a term coined by Dave Snowden. This human radar system is available to many organisations – it is only surprising that more do not use it.