Spectral Thinking

Spectral Thinking (ST) is a thinking methodology focused on capturing the diversity and variability present in the world and developing engines to operate them.

As a research project, we develop ST to define and find practical tools to operate two key concepts: human diversity and time awareness. We operate at different scales - with tools like the Singularity Passage we observe and describe evolutionary and technological drivers in big and global societies, and with the Inclusive Prism look deeper into individual motivations.

We develop ST in the context of the unrolling digital transformation, and cultural and social changes introduced by new technologies. Our ambition here is to explore the human and humanity perspectives and to bring them back to the innovation equation.

We work with the future considering the variability of possible trajectories and the will of multiple actors. We don't believe that things and people are eternal, so we infuse time awareness in all our exploration.


Spectral Thinking is based on ideas of Inclusive Design. ST extends its concepts of mismatch and persona spectrum to make them even more subjective and time-aware. Like Inclusive Design, ST explores the human aspect of our reality, the diversity of people, and the variability of their contexts.

Spectral Thinking is inspired by various practical schemas of exploring and defining platforms, technical ecosystems, innovation culture, and digital transformation. ST extends them through the prism of the human factor, considering the variability of the future and the idea of active trend attractors coming from Rapid Foresight and other Future Studies techniques.