It is always the same pattern: hints, recommendations, and warnings – whether from climate research, feminist foreign policy, or even foresight – are ignored until it is too late. The consequences are then presented as inevitable and without alternatives.

“We have no other choice” actually means “We ignored all possible courses of action until only the drastic one remained.”

“No one could have known” actually means “We heard it loud and clear but didn’t want to make a decision for which we could have been held responsible.”

How do we get out of this pattern? How can we break it and replace it with better patterns? Asking for a planet…

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By Johannes Kleske

A critical futurist with a master's in futures research, partner at foresight studio Third Wave, lives in Berlin, Germany – more at linktr.ee/jkleske