Frontline Panels are a critical component of The Future Lab's unique approach to foresight projects. The panel consists of an eclectic group of 8-10 leading future-thinkers. It is not an expert panel, but a panel of transdisciplinary experts.
Frontline Panels allow us to open new gateways and explore ideas. They are about hijacking unexpected signals and breakthrough ideas rather than the sort of incremental thinking often associated with more typical expert panels and focus groups.We have conducted around 150 over the past 20 years and our panelists have included everyone from spaceship designers to world experts in quantum physics, social engineering and neuroscience. We also call upon our futurist colleagues when appropriate. It should come of no surprise that our panels provide us with an array of start points for the development of paradigm-shifting concepts. They yield unique perspectives and insights that are otherwise unlikely to evolve.
The panelists provide our discussion with balanced, innovative, unconventional input for future development. The Panel is run more like a forum-style workshop than an ideation session or focus group. Our panels have been described by participants as ‘conversations about the future’ - far more stimulating than the typical brainstorming session. This is evident in the output that we realize.
Our panelists are drawn from diverse backgrounds, depending upon the assignment in hand.
They have one thing in common – they are future-centric revolutionary thinkers.
We choose to host our panels in inspirational, creative venues such as art galleries, photographic studios, futuristic buildings and hip clubs. Our panelists and locations are out of the ordinary, and it goes without saying that so too are our discussions.
Focusing and distilling their combined insights and energy are both our challenge and specialty.