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It’s All About Nurturing Foresight

May 20, 2024 | Children, Economy, Foresight, Future Maker, North Carolina, Well-being | 1 comment

by Tom Fehsenfeld, May 20, 2024

Eighteen months ago, I started this blog to think through — and help others think through — how we can create the future we want for North Carolina’s children when they become adults in the 2040s. I think I lost my way as I got distracted by the latest comparison between states — in other words, the daily news cycle. So, I’ve been doing some thinking about getting back on course and connecting more with the people and organization I have called the foresight infrastructure of the state. These are the future makers who think a generation ahead and are trying to move the state in a positive direction.

Setting a course for nurturing foresight

In setting the new direction, I have been struggling with the words to describe where I want to go in these posts. If you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll never get there — if Yogi Berra didn’t say those words, he should have. I am hoping the idea of nurturing foresight might resonate with you.

I am thinking of nurturing foresight both in the sense that we should nurture our ability practice foresight in North Carolina so we are making the right moves for the next generation, and that we are using that foresight to make the state more nurturing to North Carolina’s children as they grow, develop, and start families of their own.

To me, nurturing means caring for, encouraging, and promoting the growth and development of North Carolina’s children. It involves providing the necessary support, guidance, and resources to help them reach their full potential.

How can we tell if we are nurturing?

When we are nurturing, we are:

1. Caring – showing kindness, concern, and compassion for others’ well-being.

2. Supportive – offering emotional, practical, or moral support and encouragement.

3. Attentive – paying close attention to others’ needs and being responsive to them.

4. Encouraging – inspiring others to grow, develop, and pursue their goals; fostering confidence and self-esteem.

5. Protective – looking out for others’ safety, health, and well-being; shielding them from harm or negative influences.

6. Patient – being understanding and tolerant, especially when others make mistakes or progress slowly.

7. Guiding – providing advice, direction, and mentorship to help others navigate challenges and make good decisions.

8. Empowering – helping others develop the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to become more independent and self-sufficient.

9. Loving – showing affection, tenderness, and unconditional positive regard.

10. Fostering – creating an environment or conditions that promote growth, development, and well-being.

Parents (and grandparents!) play a critical role in nurturing children’s physical, emotional, and cognitive development. However, nurturing extends beyond parenting and can be applied to education, mentorship, caregiving, and even protecting our economy and natural environment.

In essence, nurturing is about investing time, energy, and resources into helping others grow, thrive, and reach their potential. It is a compassionate and proactive approach to caring for and supporting others.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Combining it with foresight means some of the time, energy, and resources are focused on making sure the future will be nurturing as well as the present.

I hope you will join me on this journey to find out more about nurturing foresight, who is practicing it, and how we can support their work. It should be an interesting trip!

Note: My favorite AI system, Claude 3, assisted with drafting this post. It took a dialogue of nine questions and a lot of rewriting from me to make the final product.



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  1. James Tolbert

    I look forward to seeing where you take this shift in your conversation.


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