Michel Godet comments on why Joe Coates was such a great futurist

Eric Garland Methodology

A major component of the futures studies work at Competitive Futures is directly from the work of the late Joe Coates, eminent futurist to the U.S. Government, His Most Serene Highness Albert II of Monaco, and many others in business and government. Another influential futurist is Michel Godet, whose book on futures studies, Manuel de Prospective Strategique, is likely the most comprehensive in the history of the field.

Great insight into both of their work can be seen in this essay by Professor Godet on why he believed Joe Coates was such a successful, even special futurist. As is evident throughout his written work, he had a clarity of language that matched the sophistication of his thinking with elegance.

In terms of both the content and methodology of futures studies, a professional cannot go wrong exploring the work of both men.