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FFCOI UPCOMING WEBINAR NOVEMBER 20, 2020:
Join us November 20, 2020 at 10am - 11:30am (EST), as we discuss what are societal forces of change and how will 2030 be different for the workforces? Toffler Associates: Denise Sughrue, Dan Fukushima, and Amanda Ku will present their research on societal drivers of change and the Future of Work based off of their work with a DoD R&D client. Those wishing to join will need to RSVP by NLT November 13th (See RSVP Button on FFCOI Main Page
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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.
A MAP WITH NO EDGES - November 5, 2020:
POC: Dr. Richard Lum
Vision Foresight Strategy will host its next webinar, A Map with No Edges, on Thursday, November 5, from 2-3PM (EST). Despite some of our deepest wishes, there is not a single “future of conflict” that we can discern with clarity and confidence; rather signals today suggest that there is an expanding range of possibilities. Featuring Dr. Richard Lum, this talk will look at why a rigorous and more expansive approach to exploring our future operating environments is necessary for more effective foresight and ultimately, policy making. Be sure to register.
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.