The Federal Foresight Community of Interest (FFCOI) is a forum based on the discipline and application of foresight. It provides an opportunity for federal employees, think tanks, and industry to network, learn, analyze, develop, and communicate foresight methods and best practices to decision-makers and strategic planners. The FFCOI is a centralized connection point for agencies to share best practices, foster cross-agency support, and develop new and innovative ways to apply and improve the use of Strategic Foresight within the Federal Government. The FFCOI does not attempt to predict the future but seeks to understand the implications of various scenarios their agencies might reasonably face in a longer time frame.


Mission: FFCoI is an interagency group of foresight and strategy practitioners that provides expertise and information sharing in order to educate and enable better decision-making across the Federal Government.


Vision: FFCoI makes foresight an essential element of leadership to drive change in the US Government.


QUARTERLY MEETING DATES: Quarterly meetings are being postponed for 2020. However, FFCOI is working on bringing the community together through webinars. RSVPs are required for each webinar. Thanks for your patience.


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Oct. 22, 2020 @10am - 11:30am (EST) RSVP
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FFCOI UPCOMING WEBINAR OCTOBER 22 , 2020: 

POC: FFCOI

Attention, Attention -  Welcome to our new normal....Unfortunately, COVID-19 has changed the way we interact.  However, FFCOI will continue to focus on sharing information, releasing monthly newsletters - but most importantly we will continue with Webinars. We have been working on lining up great speakers for the next few months. We will cover various subjects such as COVID related matters, space and new space maps, cyber warfare, future of work and human capital supply chain and many more other areas. Be sure to check out our social media and this website to sign up and stay up to date on our next webinar.  Please don’t hesitate to contact FFCOI leadership if you have any questions or concerns, or want to suggest speakers for future webinars.

 

Join us October 22, 2020  at 10am - 11:30am (EST), as we host Ms. Kara Cunzeman, Senior Project Leader for Strategic Foresight, Cener for Space Policy and Strategy at the Aerospace Company. Ms. Cunzeman will discuss her experience in cultivating a formalized approach to futures thinking at Aerospace Company to proactively shape the future through innovative approaches across strategy, acquisition, science and technology portfolio management, policy, and operation. Those wishing to join will need to RSVP by NLT October 16th (See RSVP Button on FFCOI Main Page)


 

PATHFINDER’S GUIDE TO THE SPACE ENTERPRISE

POC: Kara Cunzeman

The Aerospace Corporation’s Strategic Foresight Team has just released a futures map entitled “Pathfinder’s Guide to the Space Enterprise.” Over 70 world-class experts and bright minds came together to help create this visual journey through the final frontier. The map investigates developments and possible trajectories across seven core themes and imagines the art of the possible at key convergence points. Ready to journey out of this world? Be sure to download the map to learn more.


CORPORATE FORESIGHT IN AN EVER-TURBULENT ERA:

POC: Alessandro Fergnani

Nobody knows what the future holds in store. How, then, should businesses prepare for the mind-boggling array of scenarios that might arise in the coming years? It turns out there are ways to reduce risk. Check out this article where top foresight practitioners share their insights.


SHREDDING OUR MENTAL MAPS FOR 2020:

POC: Dr. Richard Lum

Check out the latest article from Dr. Richard Lum, Vision Foresight Strategy LLC, where he discusses our mental maps in 2020. The mental maps for 2020 that we all began the year with have been completely torn up. We all desperately want a new map of the landscape. While we began 2020 full of hope and excitement the pandemic swept societal norms and changed the world.


SHARPEN YOUR STRATEGY SKILLS FROM HOME:

POC: LBL Strategies LLC.

The Mastering Strategy: Strategic Management Performance System Certification Program, offered in association with the George Washington University’s Center of Excellence in Public Leadership located in the College of Professional Studies, is an intensive, hands-on, Continuing Professional Education program designed for professionals who are looking to build their skill sets in the management of strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.


ONLINE: IFTF FORESIGHT AND DESIGN FUTURES:

POC: Neela Lazkani

Foresight is a skill, learn from the experts. Institute for the Future’s Foresight Essentials and Design Futures live-online training. Leverage dynamic facilitation and years of experience to equip you with the foundation and tools needed to bring your foresight practice to the next level. Be sure to register.


OMB ALERT: "FORESIGHT" DEFINITION ADDED TO CIRCULAR A-11:

POC: OMB

In July 2020, the White House released an update to OMB Circular No. A-11 which provides guidance on preparing the FY 2022 Budget and Budget Execution. For the first time, OMB included a definition of “Foresight” in Part 6 Section 200.22. The definition explains incorporating foresight into strategic planning, to help agencies prepare for multiple possible futures.


BOOK: AFTER SHOCK  - 50 YEARS OF FUTURE SHOCK AND LOOK AHEAD TO THE NEXT 50:

POC: Maria Bothwell

Marking the 50-year anniversary of the Future Shock’s first publication, After Shock brings together the world’s foremost futurist and thought leaders in a compendium of diverse essays that spark imagination, rally important causes, and inspire solutions to the many challenges we face. The book is a collection of perspectives, conversations, and debates that cross a myriad of topics about what we are doing to create a better future for the world.


REPORT - IFTF: BUILDING A HEALTH COGNITIVE IMMUNE SYSTEM:

POC: Sean Ness

The Institute for the Future (IFTF) has released a new report on building a healthy cognitive immune system. In order to preserve democracy, IFTF wanted to know how to develop a new immune mechanism, a new immune system, suited to today’s realities. In this report, IFTF explores the need to upgrade our “cognitive immune systems” at individual and community levels.


SIGN UP - REFRAME MAGAZINE BY KEDGE & THE FUTURES SCHOOL:

POC: REFRAME MAGAZINE

Check out REFRAME Magazine, brought to you by Kedge and The Futures School, an enhanced source for futures intelligence. Each month, a Wicked Problem will be reframed – incredibly complicated predicament that doesn’t have a simple solution – into a Wicked Opportunity. Each week they will share a deep-dive into once facet of the Natural Foresight Framework (Discover, Explore, Map Create) sharing insights through tools and debuting The Wicked Opportunities Podcast. Be sure to sign up for free.


ARTICLE - WHAT CHANGES LIE AHEAD - PITTSBURGH QUARTERLY:

POC: Bill O'Toole

In this article from Pittsburgh Quarterly, Futurist Mull What Changes Lie Ahead in new COVID-19 era. Featuring member Steve Sanford and Futurist Amy Webb among others discuss a social distant century from school to health care in addition to how communities will need to reform and rebuild.


STATE OF FORESIGHT AMONG THE FORTUNE 500:

POC: Andy Hines

Last fall the Houston Foresight program led an effort to explore the “state of foresight.” The effort explored the basic question “who is actually doing foresight?” The study revealed that only 25% of US Fortune 500 companies practiced foresight in some form. While this is the first time the study has been conducted, there is much to learn from this impressively low figure. Future studies hope to identify the number of corporations, government agencies, etc. that practice foresight and the maturity level of the practice.