The conceptual realm is a place where unexpected linkages can be made; it is a forum for people to stretch their minds and build relationships with others; and when occurring regularly, these conversations can help people approach their work with a fresh perspective.
The world of concepts is exciting and there are endless options, scenarios, and resources at your disposal. Conversations about what could be should occur in organizations of all sizes.
Interesting things start to happen when people can operate in this state for a long period of time, say, over the course of months or years. You start to build a culture of creativity. Most of the ideas will disappear just as quickly as they appear, but every now and then an idea will surface that may just solve a real problem.
Free-form group dialogue requires patience and also a willingness by participants to let thoughts run their course. It's not for everyone.
The power of dialogue is that it can be used to discuss not only current issues and challenges, but also where you want to be. Through inclusiveness and listening to others speak, leaders can design organizational futures. This puts people in a better position to succeed for the long term because the idea is grown from within.
Rather than trying to predict the future, try instead to create it yourself by talking to others, and organically bringing it to life with your own resources.