To be a good futurist, you need the
widest possible knowledge of the history and present condition of as many cultures and civilizations as possible; you must know more than one culture, and thus more than one language, intimately;
widest possible knowledge of all aspects of all the social sciences;
widest possible knowledge of current and emerging developments in the natural sciences, and their emerging sub disciplines and transdisciplines, for example, evolutionary systems theory, chaos theory, and brain science;
widest possible familiarity with developments in engineering (especially electronics and genetics), architecture, and space sciences;
widest possible familiarity with philosophy, ethics, morals, and religions, and certainly the ethical discourse of as many different traditions as possible;
widest possible familiarity with law and planning;
an active awareness of esthetics and the esthetic element in all aspects of life. A continuing experience of esthetic expression in some, or preferably many, modes;
creativity, imagination, the willingness to think new thoughts, to make unmade connections, to be ridiculed, laughed at, and to laugh at yourself;
ability to synthesize, combine, invent, create;
willingness to be politically active, to test out new ideas on yourself first and while trying actually to create a better world, or some portion of it;
ability to try to anticipate the consequences of actions before you act, but also the willingness to risk failure and to learn from mistakes and criticism—indeed to seek out and provoke criticism—but to keep trying to do better, and constantly to relearn what ‘better’ might be;
insatiable curiosity, unbounded compassion, incurable optimism, and an unquenchable sense of humor and delight in the absurd.
All of this can be described in one word—‘Aiglatson’—which is ‘Nostalgia’ spelled backwards and is a word told to me by Gabriel Fackre to symbolize the yearning
for things to come; revering the future; without being disrespectful to the past (remembering that once it was all that was humanly possible), preferring the dreams of the future to the experiences of the past; always desiring to try something new; to go where no one has ever gone before in all areas of human— and non-human, and, soon, post-human—experience.
"Dator. Applied Knowledge"