A look at what – and who – is pushing the future in new directions

Cecily Sommers, Founder & President, The Push Institute

Cecily Sommers has her fingers on the pulse of change. As the Founder & President of The Push Institute, a non‐profit think tank that tracks significant global trends and their implications for business, government, and non‐profit sectors over the next 5‐10‐25‐50 years, she’s in a good position to do so.

Many companies have benefited from the strategic foresight Cecily offers, Accenture, American Express, Best Buy, General Mills, Motorola, Target, Wrigley, and Yahoo! among them. Whether an executive briefing, scenario planning, or designing an innovation program and training, clients find Cecily’s straight‐forward approach a welcome and practical antidote to the complex challenges they face.

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A popular speaker at conferences, business schools and retreats across the country, Cecily’s engaging presentations make the future come alive for audiences. She uses inspiring examples and current research to bring the future and its potentials into view, and points to important challenges and opportunities laying in wait.

Cecily is also a semi-regular contributer to Public Radio’s All Things Considered and other media outlets. In her entertaining segment, “Future Conversations,” she reports on the emerging technologies, markets, and ideas shaping our world. Cecily is a member of the World Future Society, was named by the Business Journal as one of twentyfive Women to Watch, and was selected as one of Fast Company’s 2007 Fast 50 Reader’s Favorites.

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Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Regardless of industry, the pressure on companies to move and produce at warp speed is intense. The unrelenting pace of change keeps moving planning horizons closer, breeding a hyper-shortsightedness that can be, ultimately, deadly.

Holding onto advantage in such an environment is a slippery proposition at best, yet all the more critical to success. Cecily’s programs are designed to meet these challenges and connect nearterm realities with longterm objectives.

Cecily Sommers has created and led custom innovation projects for groups as varied as Accenture, American Express, General Mills, Maxwell House, Starwood Hotels, Target, universities and music schools, electric coops and Silicon Valley startups to name a few, as well as countless public seminars. Her futuredirected programs bring the power of strategic foresight to strategy and innovation. With new tools and models developed for a new world, you’ll discover fresh answers to ageless questions, “What’s shaping tomorrow’s markets?” and “Which opportunities give us greatest advantage?”

Delivered in 3 hours, 3 days, 3 months, or 1 year, Cecily’s work explores intersecting potentials — yours and those in the future — to find not only the Big Idea, but the Right Idea, to keep you in tomorrow’s game. Finally, an Innovation Portfolio and Road Map to the Future connect longterm projects to current realities, ensuring R3.O.I. (resilience, relevance, and revenue) over time.


Determined by the scope of the project, there are three phases of development available for organizations that (may) include:

Future Impact I: Cultivate Change Literacy

We start by addressing the need to understand what’s changing and why. Your team will be taken on a guided tour of:

4: The four forces of change
3: The three laws of change
2: The two phases of strategy
1: The one act of leadership

Future Impact II: Innovation Workshop

“Inventing the Future” is a guide for building a brand specific, future focused innovation portfolio; it’s all about filling the pipeline with projects that ladder up to, and fulfill, a strategic vision.

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Future Impact III: “The 5% Future” Internal Innovation Program

Success (in time and resources) = 5% vision + 95% sweat.
Most organizations spend 95
98% of their time, talent, and money on producing results every day and have a fairly high level of expertise in doing so.

Rarely, however, do they know how to manage the future with the same rigor that they manage daytoday, quartertoquarter activities. They fail to realize that the future is larger than a couple of semi-annual offsite retreats can hold. Rather, managing the future is a regular activity that must be integrated and refreshed in the normal course of business.

This is where Cecily’s “The 5% Future” program comes in. A combination of training, structure, and best practices, “The 5% Future” keeps vision alive all year round and makes innovation everybody’s business. “The 5% Future” program demonstrates that vision, strategy, and innovation aren’t a matter of time, but a matter of discipline and culture — it’s the ultimate tool for managing the future in a deliver-now environment. Because, if you’re not busy creating your future, you’re just busy.

Cecily Sommers has created and led custom innovation programs for groups as varied as Accenture,
American Express, General Mills, Maxwell House, Starwood Hotels, Target, universities and music
schools, electric co‐ops and Silicon Valley start‐ups to name a few, as well as countless public seminars.
At once inspiring and practical, Cecily’s future‐directed programs bring the power of strategic foresight to
strategy and innovation. With new tools and models developed for a new world, you’ll discover fresh
answers to ageless questions, “What’s shaping tomorrow’s markets?” and “Which opportunities give us
the most advantage?”
Delivered in 3 hours, 3 days, 3 months, or 1 year, Cecily’s programs explore intersecting potentials—
yours and those in the future— to find not only the Big Idea, but the Right Idea to keep you in
tomorrow’s game. Finally, an Innovation Portfolio and Road Map to the Future connect long‐term
projects to current realities, ensuring R3.O.I. (resilience, relevance, and revenue) over time.