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.


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Federal Foresight Community of Interest Turns Five

POC: John Kamensky

The IBM Center for The Business of Government recently published an article regarding FFCOI turning 5 and the value of Strategic Foresight in government. Additionally, the article explores a previous research concluding that  “foresight has taken root in the U.S. Federal Government” but the researchers caution that while the level of activity has increased, it has not yet been institutionalized.


DEVELOP YOUR FORESIGHT PRACTICE

POC: Neela Lazkani

The Institute for the Future and the Aerospace Corporation are co-hosting a Foresight Practitioner Training in the Washington, D.C. area May 14-16, 2019. The Foresight Training is a nuts-and-bolts immersion in futures methodologies and tools. It’s designed to help individuals and organizations grow their skills in the art and science of foresight— and to join a vibrant network of practitioners who can advance futures thinking in all topics around the globe. Over the course of the intimate 3-day training, you’ll practice creating your own forecasts, learn how to structure and facilitate strategic futures conversations, and leave with your own “Future of X” project plan.


FFCOI/PSFN JOINT MEETING SUMMER 2019

POC: Sharaelle A. Grzesiak

This summer FFCOI will once again partner with the Public Sector Foresight Network for our annual joint meeting. We need FFCOI’s help in identifying topics and speakers you would like to see at this year’s joint meeting. Last year’s meeting was an engaging and insightful international event and we hope to bring the same momentum once again.


The Foresight Sandbox: Strategic Foresight Executive Training

POC: Amy Zalman

Prescient LLC and Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society are pleased to offer The Foresight Sandbox, an innovative professional learning experience that combines strategic foresight training with hands-on planning in the era of emerging technology. The pilot program, to be held June 17-19 in Washington DC, will focus on artificial intelligence. Technology is often isolated as a strategic driver of development, change, or risk. This course takes an integrated and holistic approach. Participants will leave the course empowered with foresight skills and frameworks, and with a draft strategy in hand for addressing the challenges and opportunities of AI in their organization.


Fellow Seeks Professional Development Experience

POC: Aminata Mansaray

Foresight practitioner from Sierra Leone, West Africa, a recipient of the U.S. State Department’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders seeks a 4-week Professional Development Experience (PDE) at a US government or non-government agency. The Fellowship includes funding for her expenses. Fellow currently works in the South African Tax Authority and has a Masters of Strategic Foresight from the Swinburne University, Australia Futures program. Expected fellowship date: August 5th - August 30th 2019.