Anticipatory innovation for the future in realtime Our knowledge about the future will always be incomplete. Waiting for the full facts means waiting until it’s too late to act, and the costs can be dramatic. The only way to act in time is to ACT BEFORE YOU’RE READY. In this interactive session, Piret Tõnurist and Josh Polchar of the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation will demonstrate how governments are using anticipatory innovation to be better prepared. They will then guide participants through techniques to take away and use themselves to sharpen their anticipation skills and get the edge in in this world which won’t wait. Conventional wisdom holds that anticipation means thinking beyond the current time, as if the future was separate from the present. But the reality is that the future is already beginning right now, at this very moment. Anticipation is therefore not about looking ahead of time, and it’s definitely NOT only about the “long-term”. Anticipation is the ability to perceive, make sense of, and act upon the future in REALTIME.