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Foresight Methodologies

Featured in this month's newsletter:
Futurist Profile
        Collection of publications related to
        foresight methodologies, futures research methods
        Scenario Planning, Forecasting Methods, Delphi,
        Analysis, Scanning, Trends, Systems Thinking,
        Weak Signals, Futures Wheel, Personal Futures
        Who sets the narrative? by Ruth Aine
        The Oldest in civilization, The Youngest in population:
        The future lies in Africa by Aya Chebbi
        Quotes in Talk-@-ive. Find out who is talking…
        Videos on Futures Research Methods
        First International Conference on ANTICIPATION
        Using The Future - Website

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The Millennium Project
Selecting Futures Research Methodologies

by Louis van der Merwe - Centre for Innovative Leadership (CIL)
 “The future will be occupied by Leadership, Organisations and Nations who think most clearly about the future and then base their decisions and actions on this learning.”

1. Introduction

There are key principles that enable futurists to select the technique(s) that best fits with the futures research at hand. Effective selection and sustainable use of methodologies should be guided by: (i) Clear Purpose, ‘Focusing Question’ that the research must shed light on, (ii) Matching the technique with the context within which it will be used, (iii) Ensuring consistency between the methodology, the competence of the practitioner and the worldview of the practitioner, (iv) Strategic conversation quality determines robust strategy and rapid execution, (v) Respecting some key caveats about working with the future.
Read the full feature article.

Why strategic foresight matters for Africa

by Julia Schünemann - Senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies

Over the past five decades, Africa has experienced great transition and change. Many positive developments are taking shape on the continent. Overall, human development is improving, conflict has declined and sustained economic growth presents genuine opportunities for development. Yet many structural challenges persist, and the pressure to tackle these simultaneously is probably the most complex task the continent faces today. Africa needs to deepen its strategic reflection in order to anticipate the future with confidence. It must think more systematically about long-term trends and plan for the future if it is to take advantage of opportunities arising from economic growth.

Read the full article.

Futurist profile of the month

Louis van der Merwe - Educator and Consultant

Managing Partner: Centre for Innovative Leadership (CIL)

Louis works in Africa, and internationally, as an expert consultant, strategy facilitator, executive-coach and educator. His core competence is in Scenario-based Strategy, Systems Thinking, Leadership Development and Organisation Effectiveness. Louis answered a few questions about his perspective and on being a futures thinker.

Interested in being profiled as a futures thinker on FFD? Submit your profile here.

Foresight Bibliozone

Featured in Bibliozone this month is a collection of publications related to foresight and futures research methodologies. The selection of documents is partial and based on accessible material. Therefore, we would like to invite everyone to supplement our library with additional materials.

Publications from our FFD library:  

Who sets the narrative? by Ruth Aine
Uganda is one of the countries that for a long time have been in the news for very many reasons. For as long as I have travelled there have been so many questions about what has happened in Uganda and what is going on at the moment. Sometimes there are weird questions and observations in regard to Idi Amin. Some of them offended me in a way.
Read Ruth's full blog.

The Oldest in civilization, The Youngest in population: The future lies in Africa by Aya Chebbi
How can we not think about the future for Africa if the future is Africa itself?
Looking at the past and the future, Africa becomes a crucial part of this reflection. Africa developed the world's oldest human civilization and moving forward, it defines the world’s future. With a comprehensive timeline of at least seven million years, Africa is home to the first tools, jewelry, mathematics, astronomy, fishing, and art, among other essential humankind developments. It gave humanity the use of fire around two million years ago and made all nations rely on our land for their markets.
Read Aya's full blog.


A selection of quotes featured in the Foresight Talk-@-ive. Find out who is talking…
“The problem with the future is that it is different. If you are unable to think differently, the future will always arrive as a surprise." - Gary Hamel


Selected of videos on this month's theme: Foresight

Videos Include:
■ ALIA leadership - Tools for Transformation Webinar Series
■ Scenario Planning For Africa
■ Environmental Scanning: what it is and how to do it


Using The Future Website

Using The Future is an introduction to anticipatory systems. It is powered by collective intelligence and learning by doing. It allows everyone to develop their futures skills. Experts build better projects by engaging with more people. Organisations participate in risk and reward.

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First International Conference on ANTICIPATION
5-7 November 2015, Trento (Italy)

The Conference's Program Committee invites proposals for sessions to be held in conjunction with the main conference. Further information is available from, the website of the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems.
  • Deadline for individual abstracts: 30 April 2015
  • Deadline registration: 15 October 2015
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Feedback from the “Seeds of a Good Anthropocene: A Southern African Perspective” workshop

On the 3rd and 4th of November, more than 60 academics, practitioners, and students from around South Africa gathered at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) for an open science dialogue organized by SAPECS and the Centre for Studies in Complexity.

Call for Papers: Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems
11–12 June 2015, Turku, Finland

“Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems” is an international forum for the philosophies, methods, ideas and concrete examples to find out what is going on in the field of futures research, education and action. The aim is to harness the views of preferable futures and methods for reaching them. The conference will work collaboratively discussing research, initiatives and projects to gather various views and compose ideas to face future challenges.

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