This is me. Tanja Schindler.
Get to know me
Hi! I‘m Tanja and a passionate futurist who loves to inspire people through my positive and energetic nature. Through my global experience in Foresight, I see the world from various angles and will transform your point of view to see the world through different eyes. My focus in the futures field lies in highlighting the advantages of futures thinking and developing a futures mindset in the areas of Transformation, Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership. I will invite you to explore Foresight to create a purposeful organization that shapes its own future and matters to your employees and customers. Get future ready and start your journey with me.
How people describe me. Curious. Inspiring. Smart. Creative
Key strengths. Bravery. Kindness. Perspective
International experience. Germany. Australia. Canada. UK. US
Soft skills. Empathy. Team Spirit. Strong Work Ethics
Academic background. B.Eng. MBA/Master of Strategic Foresight
Languages. German. English
Hobbies. Dancing. Yoga. Traveling. Friends. Sci-Fi. Cooking
Awards. Highest achieving graduate. 2nd place APF on Smart Cities
Work experience. Corporate. Start-up. Non-For-Profit
Get ready for your journey of transformation to succeed sustainable change and create a future-ready organization that matters to your employees and customers.
Your organization needs creators and entrepreneurs in times of (digital) transformation. The future is not written, yet, and therefore we can still actively shape its appearance by welcoming and guiding change within your organization.
We will inspire, empower and enlighten your team to reach their full potentials as changemakers and future shapers by helping them to understand their biases from the past, to think ahead into the future but acting in the present to create meaningful goods and services.
Through inspiring speeches, empowering workshops and enlightening projects that will challenge your organizations existing structures and ways of thinking, we will guide your team and your organization towards a desirable future.
ABOUT MY PASSION.
My perspective on the future
In traditional Foresight, we deal with future trends and scenarios, but this is just not enough to cope with transformation and change. Instead of seeing the future as a passive field that we try to predict or prepare for, we will create your own or your organization‘s pathway into a desirable future. (Digital) Transformation and Demographic Change needs more than adapting to innovative technology or new work models; it requires a different way of thinking, a new mindset that empowers you and your team to think outside the box and to thrive from change.
Together we will redefine your company’s strategic outlook by understanding emerging social and technological developments and their impact on your company. Through questioning your current perspectives on strategy and innovation we will create a purpose-driven organization that will inspire and empower your employees to proactively drive change in the present. We will actively begin to shape the future in a direction where you meet the burning needs of your customers. Finally, you will learn how your daily decisions can amplify change and transformation to reach your future goals.
Why it supports transformation
By applying Foresight methods, we will challenge your and your team’s current perceptions of the past, present and the future, before we begin to build a desired future to fulfill a purposeful and problem-oriented discourse. The future of how we work is changing and a future-oriented approach is essential to attract talents, to motivate your team and to provide meaningful, high- quality and sustainable goods and services to your customers.
PAY AS YOU LIKE FRIDAYS*
Get to know me and what I do by inviting me for an intro session on Foresight and Futures Thinking.
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A selection of my current work
I customize all my speeches, workshops and projects to your specific needs. I also develop new formats if needed.
Conferences - Panels - Round Tables
Team Building - Employee Development
Business Culture Transformation
People I regularly work with.
Richard is a recognized expert with more than 18 years of professional industry experience in the areas of long-term strategy, foresighting and future methods.
How I spend my time.
Workshops & Training
Bringing futures to schools to help kids to deal with complexity, uncertainty and acceleration and to become an entrepreneur of their own future. Zukunftsbauer seeks to scale and bring their work across Germany.
FUTURISM & INNOVATION
Reach for new horizons by adding futures thinking to your innovation space. This new approach includes future-oriented methods to create products and services that are sustainable, meaningful and future-ready. We unlock your mindset to welcome change.
In this project, we face the reluctance to embrace future developments by applying Foresight methods in a fast way to improve future-oriented decision-making as well as define new strategies that are agile and empower change & transformation.
Research & Speaking
More about futures thinking
Are we shaping the future or is the future shaping us?
Dealing with the future is both, exciting and scary, one feeling after the other or both at once. But why do we fear the future at one point when we are also part of it and may even be able to shape it? The future is built from the past, it is present in the now and leads us towards whatever comes.
How to become aware of your biases undermining your mindset?
Today this sentence sounds ridiculous, especially as smartphones are already replacing computers. We are carrying more intelligence capacity in our pockets than during the time humans flew to the moon for the very first time. But where are those assumptions based on?
How to see the world through different eyes?
We can compare mental belief systems with the structure of an iceberg. In general, we see and analyze trends and emerging issues that are on the surface. When we make our decisions, however, there are more processes under the surface that influence our decisions.
Playground for strategic people.
Link the future to your current activities and understand how to create your own pathway into the future by applying new Foresight methods that focus on future relevance and present decision-making.
Think innovation anew. Add futures thinking.
Reach for new horizons by adding futures thinking to your innovation space. This new approach includes future-oriented methods to create products and services that are sustainable, meaningful and future-ready. In a diverse team we will create a future vision that guides your business to set your own direction and to choose the right pathways. An unlocked mindset that is welcoming change will lead to a new pool of innovative ideas.
News and Updates.
Where humans & technology meet in Copenhagen, Denmark
The conference for innovative ideas, practical solutions and intensive exchange around the topic of digital transformation on October 11, 2018 in the BMW Welt Munich, Germany.
As the world’s leading event for cities, Smart City Expo World Congress provides a unique meeting spot for smart city sectors and an innovative platform for urban action worldwide in Barcelona, Spain.
Exploring new challenges of policymaking and future-oriented frames and methods to respond to them is the aim of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) FTA2018 conference – Future in the making in Brussels, Belgium.
The Future Expert Day is aimed at people who professionally deal with trends and innovation in the course of management, marketing or consulting. The topics range from the art of forecasting, the “battle of the future methods” on the nature of the trends to a trend preview for the year 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
In keeping with the theme of ‘Developing & Engaging the Modern Intelligence Workforce: Thriving in an Increasingly Complex Business Environment,’ our Summit is THE place to discuss, engage, benchmark, and network on the rise of a community-based intelligence structure that harnesses collaboration in order to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and impact in Caiscais, Portugal.
Which #fingerprints will #futurecities have? And how do we live together with #AI? Too often we get #paralyzed by #uncertainty. It is on us to #shapethefuture and #taketechnologybythehand rather than being #afraidofchange. #tanjafutureme #futures #foresight #bebold #createchange https://t.co/gtElIVKITu
Thanks again for meeting me in Madrid - @ymsalvatico and @frankspencer from @KedgeTweets ! Was fantastic talking to you and to get our futures minds running. Hope to see you soon again! #futurism #mindfulness #foresight #futurist #friendships #foresight #futuresmindset https://t.co/GWgmZXa4Aj
Are you in need for some future inspiration? #follow my #flipboard account and enjoy my research selection on #futuretopics such as #autonomousdriving #artificialintelligence #leadership #innovation #digitalcurrency and many more. #trends #tanjafutureme https://t.co/DLfyLJFXfy https://t.co/RBslEutPIh
#Imagine a building with 200.000 sqm to create a #cityofthefuture - connecting people, food, technology, culture and art. Together with #thf.vision I envision a new future for one of the biggest buildings on the planet - pic©️Rolf Schulten - #tanjafutureme #foresight #futures https://t.co/TjZlGm1OkP
For the #EUPeriscope project, I’m at #ZAL TechCenter in #Hamburg today. Here it’s fantastic to discover cross-industry innovation within one building and with many approaches where #maritime can learn from #aviation. What’s you’re latest experience with #crossindustryinnovation? https://t.co/bjzR32RTO3