Soothsayers and self-proclaimed prophets are almost always wrong – so what makes a futurist like Sohail Inayatullah worth listening to?
Because as UNESCO Chair of Future Studies, Sohail brings academic expertise to the task. Instead of predicting outcomes, he uses his methodology of Causal Layered Analysis to interpret our present to prepare us for multiple futures, and plan ways to deal with them.
In this interview he takes us through four possible outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they should guide policy and response.
This is the first in a series of Unmasked Interviews where we talk to experts in fields where COVID-19 has had a significant impact, and glean insights about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.