News and Events
YEAR AHEAD AND BEYOND:
Happy New Year, welcome to 2021 – a year full of hope! As we start a new year, we want to welcome all new and seasoned members. Allow us to introduce, or in case you need a refresh, let us reintroduce ourselves: FFCOI is fortunate to have three co-chairs: Sharaelle A. Grzesiak (GAO), Robin Champ (USSS), and Eric Popiel (OPM); along with Council Member Joseph Greenblott (EPA). The council is comprised of Federal Employees both in the Executive and Legislative branch. Membership is open to all federal employees who work in areas of foresight, futures, strategic planning, innovation, strategy, and risk management.
Our membership also spans to strategic partners from the private sector and international communities. To stay connected or learn more about FFCOI browse this website and follow our social media platforms on Linked In and Twitter to get the latest news and happenings. For 2021, we will continue to host virtual meetings and we have an exciting line up. As always, we welcome ideas for future speakers or content for FFCOI. Send us an email or a message on LinkedIn.
NEXT MEETING ALERT:
Join us on February 3rd as Brian David Johnson, who will discuss “Threatcasting – with regards to cyber/WMD nexus and future of conflict.” More details to come. Be sure to RSVP at FFCoI.org by 1/25/2021. TO RSVP click the black box above - the RSVP is a hyperlink.
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Looking to stay focused or learn a new set of skills during the 2021 year? FFCOI has rounded up a training list that members of our community have attended and recommend. While the list is not all-inclusive, you will find many trusted resources. We hope his helps jump start your learning – be sure to share back with the community any additional opportunities. If you have questions, please direct them to the training entity.
- Association for Strategic Planners: Annual Conference (virtual) May 2021
- LBL Strategies: various strategy courses, ongoing
- Balance Scorecard Institute: various strategy courses, ongoing
- Prescient Foresight Sandbox: 2-day course, next date February 2021
- Institute for the Future: various courses, ongoing
- Kedge Futures School: various courses, ongoing
- University of Houston: 5-day seminar in April and August 2021
FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT IN 2030:
POC: Maria Bothwell
ViWhat will the Future of Government in 2030 look like 24 futurists were interviewed about how the world might look in 2030. To get a sense of what the coming decade might mean for state and local governments, they asked futurists, including thought leaders, public officials, academics, and tech experts for their ideas on the trends that will have the greatest impact on the public sector over the next 10 years. Their responses, condensed and in this article, provide a glimpse into what may happen in the years ahead.
STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS OF FUTURE TRENDS (SIFT):
The rapidly changing global security environment requires leaders and institutions to anticipate, adapt to, and prepare for a range of potential futures. In 2019, a small team from Sandia National Laboratories and the Rhode Island School of Design developed and facilitated SIFT, an exercise for thinking creatively and collectively about the strategic implications of emerging global dynamics. On December 9, 1-2:30 PM (PT), join the discussion on the development, evolution, and impact of the SIFT exercise and work through interactive discussions using the exercise prompts. Be sure to register.
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.
ARTICLE - CRISIS AND LEADERSHIP: THE PRESIDENTIAL ROLE IN RESTORING TRUST:
In his latest article, founder and former FFCOI chair James-Christian Blockwood discusses crises that come without warning and are unavoidable. Today futurists, politicians, and everyday Americans cannot only sense, but can also see the change in the atmosphere. Another civil war on American soil? Though mention of it seems alarmist, it is not inconceivable. The upcoming election will forever change America, and as such, it will be important to learn from past crises.
ARTICLE - THE FUTURE OF WORK POST-PANDEMIC: WE'RE NOT GOING BACK:
POC: John Kamensky
It is estimated that many private sector companies jumped three to four years ahead into the future workplace in the space of a few weeks due to the pandemic. Government areas also adapted to the new normal by transitioning services online that had been traditionally reluctant to redesign. While many kinks need to be worked out, government will have to adapt to many challenges, and look ahead to a new normal.
COVID SCENARIOS - MILLENNIUM PROJECT:
POC: Jerome Glenn
The Millennium Project and the American Red Cross present scenarios integrating medical, health, socio-economic, and psychological factors of the possible future courses of the COVID pandemic.
MAD SCI UPDATE:
POC: Allison Kuntzman
The TRADOC G-2 continues to work with the Army Futures Command's Intelligence and Security Directorate to define a consistent operating environment (OE) narrative, spanning the near, mid-, and far terms out to 2050. Check out the two videos: The 2 + 3 Threat -- addressing the near-term OE. The Army Future Command's new Forging the Future in an Uncertain World addressing the mid-to-far term OE.
OMB ALERT: "FORESIGHT" DEFINITION ADDED TO CIRCULAR A-11:
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.