Who am I?

Hi! I am Tanja and I am a Futurist. Saying that most people believe I own a crystal ball or predict the future.  However, this is not at all what a futurist does. We help organisations to explore multiple and alternative futures. Hence, they broaden their horizons on what may come while simultaneously thinking about which future they want to shape with the purpose of their organisations.

How do you become a futurist? Mostly you have to be naturally curious. I’ve always been interested in exploring things I do not understand. Being a trained Engineer, physics and electrical engineering provided me with the structure to make scientifically sense of the world. But there is more to it. Besides that, I am also a passionate dancer, and foster my creativity through dancing, singing and laughing.

My third passion is travelling. By being open to many different cultures, languages and food, we learn to see the world through different eyes. This is of high importance for facing the future because the way we imagine it relies heavily on our past experiences and our current belief system. Good Futurists challenge themselves and their beliefs constantly to explore new futures. A Futures Mindset does help to make better decisions in the present, as we imagine a future we want to create.

The Future

We never lived in more complex and uncertain times. Many are afraid of how the future will unfold. The future seems to be this unpredictable black box that is so blurry that we tend to avoid spending too much time thinking about it. And if we mainly worry about the future. Especially after experiencing a global pandemic, people and organizations seem to be more concerned about the future than ever. Still, we see much short-term thinking rather than the bravery to explore the future. The world is facing many challenges that need to be solved. Only organisations that will serve a greater purpose, solving technological, social and environmental problems, will thrive in the long run. However, this requires letting go of the past and seize future opportunities by making future-oriented decisions in the present. The future is not written yet, and it is on us to explore and shape it.

My Motivation

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My highest motivation lies in empowering individuals and organisations to create the future back into their hands. When I was introduced to Futures Thinking many years ago, I instantly fell in love with the topic. Why? Because it empowers people to shape their own futures and create the present lives they desire. In school, they told us all about the past and history, but nobody told us about the future and how to imagine, handle, and best how to shape it. By introducing individuals and organisations with the concepts of Futures Thinking, they learn to understand that the future is more a space to be created rather than a time waiting to arrive. Once we occupy that space, we can learn how to dance with the uncertainty of the future. By not being afraid of what may come, we need to be curious and motivated to take the opportunity of creating a desirable future. This does not mean that everything will come as planned or wished.

My Motivation

My Story

2021

moving around

moving around

I moved every five years in my life so far, being in several different schools, cities, and countries. Today, I think this is why I am so good at networking - bringing people together, adapting to new situations, while being truthful to myself - because I had to rely on those skills from early on.

passion

finding my 2nd passion

As soon as I was introduced to the discipline of Foresight during my position in the Corporate Strategy Department of Osram, I was in love - combining technological know-how and creativity was the perfect fit. Within one week, I collected all documents needed to apply for a master of Strategic Foresight and six months later, I arrived in Melbourne, Australia.

engineer

becoming an engineer

Besides dancing, I was obsessed with TVs and technical instalments as a kid. I had to learn it because my father usually didn't have the time. Since then, my interest in technology has grown through the years, and I was lucky to grow up in a time where the internet and mobile phones just arrived. Quite naturally, I then decided to do my undergraduate in Engineering.

Studying

living & studying downunder

Living and studying for two years in Australia broadened my horizon of the future from being technology-focused to seeing the power of social change. I’d say my whole perspective of life shifted with my experience in Australia. The MBA fostered leadership skills, and the Master of Strategic Foresight combined by passion and strengths.

Working

Working fir corporate, Startup Ngo and me

During my professional life, I was able to work for all sorts of organizations, from being in Corporate to working in start-ups and NGOs. Lastly, being a freelancer for the past years has taught me self-discipline, patience, and the strength to live and follow my own passion every day.

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I do believe in capacity building and strong partnerships. Instead of telling you how the future will unfold, I enable you and your organisation to learn the right tools and skills to explore alternative futures and shape your desirable future with future-oriented decision-making every day. With FutureME, I offer you a holistic concept that empowers you to tackle the complexity of the future while learning how to dance with uncertainty. The combinations of workshops, inspiration and knowledge sharing as well as empowerment consulting to strengthen your Futures Literacy.

By imagining multiple futures, we will become comfortable at dancing on the floor called life – and life is always messy, unpredictable and still beautiful. Over time, you may even be able to improvise on the dancefloor of the future. So shall we learn how to dance?

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Tanja Schindler is a passionate, international and award-winning Futurist for more than nine years and has international experience in foresight, innovation, leadership and strategy. She holds a double MBA/Master of Strategic Foresight with distinction from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Through her international application of foresight, she sees the world from various perspectives and enables others to deal with the future and its uncertainty. Her focus is to emphasise the advantages of a Futures Mindset. She is the founder of Futures2All GmbH and the guardian of the global community Futures Space, where she explores multiple futures with members from all over the world creating a pathway into positive futures. Further, she leads foresight projects for the EU Commission, particularly with a focus on participatory futures design. Since January 2021, she is also Vice-Chair of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Futurists.