It is actually funny, that we all start the new year with so much energy and good intentions to make it a brilliant year, but the first week we do nothing else than celebrate and drink with all our professionals connections. I am not complaining, they always say a good start is half work, so yesterday I went to the New Year Party of the Dutch Future Society and I had a blast.

My good intentions of not working the absurd amount of hours I did last year has already failed, and although time is scare this week I didn’t wanted to miss out on a great get together of the Dutch Future Society. They organized the perfect little congregate of likeminded future professionals to celebrate the beginning of what, hopefully, is going to be a prospective year.

Sponsored by scenarioplanning agency FutureConsult and hosted by my favorite ladies from Rozenbroodprognosis and strategy, we came together at the Rozenbrood Studio in Amsterdam. Where we were welcomed with drinkes and bites. While people were chatting the day away, Freija van Duijne director of the society, spoke to us about the last year of DFS and the future plans.

After that Els Dragt from Mare Research took the stage to talk about all those predicitions that are made for 2016, and how she hates that. Because how is it possible that a trend stops at the 31st of december and a new one starts at the 1st of January. Her perspective on how not to predict the Future was simply cool, and something to think about.

Lastly Jan Nekkers, who is the CEO and Founder of FutureConsult. He talked about predicitions and how you can make some predictions based on some common ground rules. Afterwards he challenge all of us with a Superpredictior 2016 survey which we will check on the newyears party of 2017.

It is actually quiet impressive how many interesting talks you can have in about an hour as long as you are willing to talk to others. So in that hour I talked with, amongst others and in totally random order, a previous member of the Philips Design Trend Team and asked her everything I wanted to know.

Secondly, with Freija about how we can make sure DFS’s can grow to its full potential and how I could add to that goal. Because although the society has already 65 registered memberships, there is so much potential and need to expand this society and show future thinking Netherlands what added value they bring.

Lastly I spoke with Jan, I was at his office a few weeks ago, but Jan had some deadline stress himself then. So now we had the chance to chat and exchange our thoughts about the future. About how it is time to slowly replace the dusty old futurist guard, whereunder himself, with a new and fresh generations. His words, before anyone would think I am calling Jan an dusty old futurist.

Shortly said, a lovely afternoon with likeminded people. Although the Dutch Future Society started some years ago with developming the society, it is only now they are getting some visibility. I am a member for some months now and I already see the added value for my own professional development. So if you are interested in the future and moreover the future thinking proffesion in the Netherlands, they are definitely worth looking into.