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.


WEBINARS: Quarterly meetings are being postponed until further notice. However, FFCOI will be featuring monthly webinars on topics relevant to the community. RSVPs are required for each webinar. Thanks for your patience.


Next FFCOI **WEBINAR**

February 10, 2022  (11:00am EST) RSVP
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NEXT MEETING ALERT:

Join us on February 10 from 11:00am (EST) as we host the Canadian Futures Studies. In this panel we will host - Dr. Thomas Mengel, Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of New Brunswick; Ruben Nelson, Executive Director from Foresight Canada and Peter Padbury, retired Chief Futurist at Policy Horizons Canada and now CEO of ForesightLab.net, who will share how Canada does foresight - we will discuss the history, academic approaches and current government structures and processes.   Be sure to RSVP on our website by 2/4.

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POC: FFCOI

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YEAR AHEAD AND BEYOND:

Happy New Year! Welcome to all our new members and those who continue to be a part of our community. As we look ahead to 2022, we are hopeful for an in-person meeting. More details to come and of course we will be mindful of COVID guidelines. This year we will continue to bring together the community to share foresight tools, innovating ideas, and much more. We have a great line-up ahead and hope that you will continue to join us at our meetings.  To stay connected or learn more about FFCOI be sure to check out our website (FFCoI.org) and follow our social media platforms on Linked In and Twitter to get the latest news and happenings. On behalf of your co-chairs: Robin Champ (USSS), Sharaelle A. Grzesiak (GAO), and Eric Popiel (OPM) we wish you all the best for 2022. As always, we welcome ideas for future speakers or content for FFCOI. Send us an email or a message on LinkedIn. a


FORESIGHT TRAINING: 

Looking to learn a new skillset in 2022 - how about refreshing your foresight toolkit? 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. Be sure to share back with the community any additional opportunities. If you have questions, please direct them to the training entity.


PODCAST: MAD SCIENTIST LAB - with Robin Champ:

POC: Mad Scientist Laboratory

The Convergence podcast episode, featuring Robin Champ, Chief, Enterprise Strategy Division, U.S. Secret Service, where she discusses women leading in national security, empowering diversity to think about the future, and how emerging technologies and trends will affect Secret Service missions.


ARTICLE: STRATEGIC FORESIGHT IN U.S. AGENCIES:

POC: J. Peter Scoblic

U.S. public policy has often been myopic, sacrificing long-term needs to short-term interests. This short-termism not only reduces economic performance, threatens the environment, and undermines national security—to name but a few consequences—it also leaves the United States vulnerable to surprise and limits its ability to manage crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The question is, what to do about it? This report argues that it is, in part, a mechanism for coping with the uncertainty of the future and that reducing myopia requires providing policymakers tools for managing that uncertainty. Specifically, it maintains that the practice of strategic foresight—the rigorous examination of imagined alternative futures to better sense, shape, and adapt to the emerging future—can put boundaries around future uncertainty while enabling better strategy in the present.


ARTICLE: A FUTURIST'S GUIDE TO PREPARING YOUR COMPANY FOR CONSTANT CHANGE:

POC: April Rinne

While finding “the right time” to prepare for change can be difficult, there are myriad ways to get started. A recent article by the Harvard Business Review, “A Futurist’s Guide to Preparing Your Company for Constant Change” looks back at 2020 and 2021 as wake up calls for how quickly things can change. It is important to consider past experiences as warning for what’s ahead – not necessarily a pandemic but more disruptions.


EUROPEAN COMMISSION 2021 - STRATEGIC FORESIGHT REPORT:

POC: Daniel Ferrie

The 2021 Strategic Foresight Report has identified four global trends that could impact the EU’s capacity and freedom to act in the coming decades. Those trends include climate change; tech transformations; democracy and values; and global order and demography.


NIOSH PUBLICATION: LEVERAGING STRATEGIC FORESIGHT TO ADVANCE WORKER SAFETY, HEALTH, AND WELL-BEING:

POC: Office of Research Integration

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health recently published: Leveraging Strategic Foresight to Advance Worker Safety, Health, and Well-Being. This article discusses the methods and benefits of developing and utilizing alternative future scenarios as input to strategic plans. It concludes that practicing strategic foresight empowers organizations to leverage signals of change to gain insights into the future in order to move forward in preferred directions.


SOIF CASE STUDY - GOVERNMENT OFFICE FOR SCIENCE:

POC: Ruth Beveridge

The School of International Futures (SOIF) recently published its Government Office for the Science case study report. The report discusses building effective foresight governance systems, and contains a blog summarizing the work. The report explores how governments in eight countries use foresight and futures techniques – with examples from FFCOI, VA, USCG, GAO, and more.

 


IFTF FORESIGHT TALKS WITH SHARAELLE GRZESIAK: 

POC: Sharaelle Grzesiak

Be sure to catch IFTF Foresight talks where Co-Chair Sharaelle Grzesiak, shared how she's integrated strategic foresight into multiple federal government agencies and policies through workshops, consultations, and community-building. If you missed it the video is now available along with other great speakers.

 


BOOK ALERT: CONVERGENCE:

POC: Deborah Westphal

In May, author and former CEO at Toffler -  Deborah Westphal - recently released Convergence: Technology, Business, and the Human-centric Future. Convergence is a clarion call for a future-focus. The book explores how and why business, technology, and humanity are intersecting and considers what decisions we must make. The books calls on leaders to make a choice – remain committed to profits above all else or shift to a human-centric approach that embraces the convergence.

 


GLOBAL TRENDS 2040:

POC: ODNI

In March 2021, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) published their 7th edition of the NIC Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World. The global trends report provides an analytic framework for each administration as they craft a national security strategy and navigate an uncertain future. While NIC does not provide a specific prediction of the world in 2040, it does provide an idea of what may lie beyond the horizon to prepare for an array of possible futures.

 


ARTICLE: FOUR LESSONS THAT SHAPED MY PATH TO THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE":

POC: James-Christian Blockwood

Leaders must take responsibility for people, money, and things- how they do it makes all the difference and distinguishes between less-than-great and great public servants.” Mr. James-Christian Blockwood, Executive Vice President at the Partnership for Public Service shares his take on his 15-year career as a civil servant. He shares lessons learned about leadership and relationship-building over the course of his public service career


 

BOOK LEARNING FROM TOMORROW:

POC: Bart Edes

COVID- 19 shredded our plans, while injecting greater uncertainty into a world already undergoing disruptive change. Learning from Tomorrow: Using Strategic Foresight to Prepare for the Next Big Disruption, explains how planners and decision-makers are using Strategic foresight to “future proof” new plans and strategies.


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.


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.