Over the course of the narrative of Think Like a Futurist, my intent has been to help you become more effective at problem solving, no matter what your time horizon. That has taken us on an up-close examination of principles and practices that are by now familiar to you: the four forces, the left brain–right brain–left brain (L-R-L) approach to problem solving, the Zone of Discovery, and the 5 Percent Rule. But if we step back (as any good futurist must) and apply systems thinking to these models and methodologies, we can see that what we're doing, at the most basic level, is reconciling dualities. Our life experience is constantly about navigating the existential tensions between objective and subjective realities, Us and Them, male ...

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