Futurism - also known as "Future Studies" and "Foresight Studies" - is the systematic exploration and evaluation of potential future scenarios.
Evaluation criteria for scenarios include:
- How credible is the scenario?
- How attractive is the scenario (after any initial "future shock" has been set aside)?
- What steps can be taken to prepare for the scenario?
- What steps can be taken to increase (or decrease) the likelihood of that scenario?