Diversity in Foresight ... Cultivating a Diverse Community for Sustainable Global Futures!
Strategic Foresight and Development Practice are the basis on which we shape and plan for the future we desire. Yet, the locus of foresight is white and male. And the focus of development practice is reactionary planning.
At the Futures Forum, we believe that creating a more diverse poool of thougt leaders woudl ensure increased innovation and insight into the emerging future. We also believe that anticipatory planning would greatly shrink the development effectiveness gap! The power of Appreciative Foresight - standing in the future to plan, empowers people to see that the decisions they make today, individually and collectively, shape the future we all share.
The Futures Forum believes it is time to bring the power of diversity to the field of strategic foresight and the power of anticipatory planning to development practice and developing economies -- from government and policy planners to private sector leaders ro underserved and marginalized communities, where survival thinking styles and behaviors prevail to their own continuing detriment.
DEVELOPMENT FUTURES 2030 INITIATIVE
The vision of The Futures Forum is to bring the community of futures face to face with the organizations - NGOs and government in the international development community with a view to ensuring that the dialogue on Development in 2030 is cognisant of the emerging realities and benefits from a strategic foresight lens.
Our Shared Future is a transmedia story telling initiative aimed at engaging 365 global NGOs and 1 million global citizens in telling the future of Life in the Year 2030.
DEVELOPMENT with EQUITY
The vision of The Futures Forum is to create foresight literacy for development -- for socially excluded communities, so as to help them to create sustainable opportunities, by increasing their understanding concerning technological, environmental, and societal changes and their long-range consequences. The Futures Forum hopes to partner with likeminded firms and organizations to bring the power of APPRECIATIVE FORESIGHT to marginalized communities.
Because many such socially excluded peoples amd communities in need of the powerful tools of strategic foresight can not afford our services but could greatly benefit from our methods and processes, The Futures Forum will seek to raise grant funds and donations to support our efforts to build a broad futures literacy in these community— among NGOs, and in community-based organizations. In this regard we also seek partnerships with NGOs and community based organizations that have the potential to sustain strategic foresight beyond the seed funding. The Futures Forum will also seek to convene special dialogues about the futures with communities of interest, especially youth.