Tanja Schindler


Main focus: Futures Mindset

Twitter handle: @TanjaFutureMe

Website/blog: https://www.tanjafutureme.com

Languages: German, English

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Topics: future of business, future of leadership, future thinking, strategy, future work, future mobility, future city, foresight, mindset

Services: Talk, Workshop management, Consulting, Interview


Tanja Schindler has been a passionate and internationally recognized futurist for over seven years and has in-depth knowledge and experience in foresight, innovation leadership and strategy. She completed her double master's degree, MBA / Master of Strategic Foresight, with honors from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in industrial engineering with a focus on electrical engineering.
Through her experience and international application of foresight, Tanja sees the world from different perspectives and supports other people in dealing with the future and it’s uncertainty. Her focus is on highlighting all the advantages of the future mindset and supporting companies, startups and freelancers to understand this future thinking as a holistic, sustainable and goal-oriented orientation for organisation and life.
At the beginning of her career, Tanja worked for large German companies in the industrial and lighting sector. Today she supports international organizations in successfully aligning their business areas for the future and carries out foresight projects for UNESCO, the EU Commission and the WFP. She is currently head of the EU-funded project 'Stories from 2050', where a sustainable path for Europe into the future is being explored with participatory shaping of the future.
Tanja has also been Vice Chair of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) since January 2021.
She is also the founder and guardian of the global community Futures Space. There Tanja explores the future with members from all over the world and creates maps to identify upcoming challenges and to actively shape the future together.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Workshop on Future of Food

Future Cities in Dezember 2018 in Berlin

In Dezember, I co-facilitated a workshop on future of food in the context of future cities in Berlin.

This talk is in: German
Cross Innovation Conference

Cross Innovation Conference - Future of Mobility in November 2018 in Hamburg

Back in Nov 2018, I enjoyed facilitating a workshop at the Cross-Innovation Conference in Hamburg on the topic Future of Mobility.

This talk is in: German

Digital Mind Change in October 2018 in Munich

The Digital Mind Change Vol.2 in Munich was inspiring and full of thought exchanges. If you have missed my workshop, you have the chance to get a glance of my presentation in the link below. Thee wrong business culture is the barrier no1 of the digital transformation. In my workshop, we talked about how to set the right mindset and which futures tool can help to transform your organization.

This talk is in: English

FTA 2018

Tanja and Michael attended the Joint Research Centre (JRC) FTA2018 conference - 'Future in the making' which brought together international minds to explore new challenges of policymaking and exchange ideas about future-oriented frames and methods in order to respond to them. Here we presented our new 'THE CIRCULAR FORESIGHT PROCESS'. This new approach allows a methodical interaction of Horizon Scanning and Scenario Building which is based on monitored data and allows ongoing discussions about occurring impacts.

The centrepiece of our new approach is the idea of creating dynamic 'Landscapes of Change' rather than static images of the future that do not only help organizations to understand change but builds the basis for developing future-proof strategies. How to create landscapes of change? Foresight offers a range of tools for processes that focus on quantitative & qualitative, normative & explorative, as well as individual & participative methods. By combining these various methods with futures thinking and relevant data such as indicators but also real-time online data as well as internal and external knowledge, we are able to create those landscape. It allows us to understand change and systems by mapping present developments (industry changes, disruptions, emerging issues etc), finding relations between them and deriving possible future impacts (lead by questions such as how does that effect politics, my business and our society? How do we as an organisation have to adapt to it?). Only this dynamic and diverse approach enables organisations to close the gap between the present and the future.

This talk is in: English

Future Expert Day in Berlin

The desire to foretell the future is as old as humanity itself and similarly unrealistic. However, a realistic approach of possible futures via the method called "foresight" is actually feasible. Tanja Schindler, foresight specialist and high potential of the scene, captivates by the combination of scientific methods and coupled with a high entrepreneurial demand. As a senior consultant at 4strat, the tool "Foresight Strategy Cockpit" paves the way for a gradual digitalization of the discipline of "foresight".

Read in the full interview, where Tanja explains the difference between forecasts and trends and why it necessary to closely observe yourself and oursociety.

This talk is in: German

SCIP Conference 2017 in Cascais, Portugal

Two weeks ago, I was speaking at the SCIP Conference in Portugal, where I introduced the concept of Futures Intelligence as next step of today's Competitor's Intelligence. In times of continuous change, organizations cannot rely on data from the present or past. Their future competitors don't even exist, yet. Therefore, it is necessary to think in diverse pathways of the future, to explore what's beyond today's horizon.

Strategic Foresight can build the bridge from traditional Competitive Intelligence to a Futures Intelligence that considers future threats and opportunities and identifies new market and competitor movements. It helps to manage today’s complexity by outlining the future and its possible appearances and creates the opportunity to actively shape the future instead of being reactive in the present.

During a Learning Lab Session, I explained how to manage actively potential threats and opportunities caused by the increasing complexity of the market and competitive environment. Instead of being paralyzed by possible future changes and threats, a Futures Intelligence Systems helps organizations to adapt to the future and being ahead of the current method of mapping the present. By thinking of possible and plausible futures, Strategic Foresight opens a new pathway to manage this complex business environment.

This new and holistic approach to a Futures Intelligence System outshines current methods of Competitive Intelligence and offers any practitioner a new diversifying set of skills. By changing the company’s focus to the future, the participants learned how to manage uncertainty with purpose and how to intentionally make decisions that actively shape the future business environment of their organizations.

With the presentation of the Foresight Strategy Cockpit - an innovative online platform - the participants learned how to manage the future in the most intelligent and effective way. The hands-on approach of how to introduce a Futures Intelligence System within organization showed a collaborative method to manage a Strategic Foresight process within a team of analysts.

This talk is in: English