Chantell and Clem are regularly contacted by the printed and electronic media for their opinion on matters pertaining to possible futures and events, often because something they have previously sketched as a scenario, or spoken about, has unfolded!
Clem also has a regular column with News24.com, South Africa's premier online news service.
Below are a selection of Clem's columns as well as other opinion pieces.
To view older articles, click on the 'Archived' folder.
Abstract: What are the scenarios for 2017, and the years ahead?
A big lesson I learned from 2016 is that you must look at the most extreme consequences of the flags you have identified ... continue reading ›
What if the taps run dry?
Abstract: A 'Parched Earth' scenario for the Western Cape?
"The sun is out, the sky is blue, there's not a cloud to spoil the view..." So sang Buddy Holly in a memorable song around six... continue reading ›
The Gilded Cage
Abstract: Will Trump be president of a Gilded Cage?
In a column I wrote at the end of July this year on the latest global scenarios for 2021 to 2026, I painted the 'Gilded Cage' sce... continue reading ›
Another tactical victory, another strategic nightmare
Abstract: When will Western leaders ever learn?
In several of my recent columns, I have tried to get across the difference between a strategic and tactical decision. The success or fail... continue reading ›
Incremental versus disruptive innovation
Abstract: Is disruptive innovation the key to a successful strategy?
In the last few articles I have written on the future, I have made two points:
Strategic decis... continue reading ›
The chart that says it all 30 years later
Abstract: Where is South Africa now on that chart?
In July, 1986 I gave my first public lecture on the future of the world and South Africa. It was based on research done by two Anglo A... continue reading ›
The latest South African flags and scenarios
Abstract: What possible futures lie ahead for South Africa?
As I have said in my two previous columns, any strategic decision demands that you look at least five to ten years ahead, and... continue reading ›
The latest global scenarios: 2021 to 2026
Abstract: Looking towards the horizon, what are the latest global scenarios?
In continue reading ›
The Flagwatching Bulletin: July 2016
Abstract: Revisiting the rising flags that are shaping world events.
One of the points I repeatedly make at presentations about the future is that strategic decisions are normally about... continue reading ›
The Flagwatching Bulletin: January 2016
Abstract: An update of key flags to watch.
At the end of 2015 I picked a list of flags to watch and told potential investors to be wary of the stock market in case of a double dip... continue reading ›
Oil: How low will it go?
Abstract: Possible scenarios for the price of oil suggest agility is needed.
This article provides a retrospective look at the decline in the price of oil to show the benefits of scenar... continue reading ›
How important is 2016 for South Africa?
Abstract: Chantell speaks to SABC3 about why 2016 is important for South Africa.
On 11th January, Chantell was invited by SABC3's daily show Afternoon Express to speak about what 2016 c... continue reading ›
2016: The flags to watch
Abstract: 2016 will be a testing year. Here are the flags that could define it.
One of the critical characteristics of being a good leader is to be ahead of the crowd in recognising the... continue reading ›
The Forked Lightning Scenario
Abstract: Just when you thought global markets were bouncing back...
It is the season of cheer and goodwill, but it is also the time to be wary about the markets. Chantell Ilbury and I ... continue reading ›
Is South Africa still in Premier Division?
Abstract: Interview with Chantell on 567 Cape Talk following axing of finance minister Nene.
On the evening of Wednesday 9th December 2015, South African president Jacob Zuma stun... continue reading ›
Abstract: A lot has been said about Mandela, now it emerges he was a real fox.
In a brilliant article in The Spectator this week, Rian Malan shows that Nelson Mandela believed fervently... continue reading ›
A progress report on the Freedom Charter
Abstract: Almost 59 years after the adopting of the Freedom Charter, how is South Africa doing?
Almost 59 years ago, at the end of June 1955, the Congress of the People adopted the Free... continue reading ›
The truth about inequality
Abstract: Addressing economic inequality demands some tough decisions.
The No. 1 book on Amazon at the moment is not a gripping thriller or passionate romantic tale. It is an econ... continue reading ›
Land reform: The real deal
Abstract: The list of realities which need to feature in all scenarios and options around agriculture in South Africa.
I watched Question Time on television the other night in which a p... continue reading ›
Breaking futures for 2014
Abstract: What could be breaking news in 2014.
Every year we look at the topics which could at one stage or another become breaking news in the next 12 months. Here is our list of ... continue reading ›