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.


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NEXT MEETING ALERT:

Join us on March 4th from 10-11:30am (EST) as Dr. Lonnie Love discusses "Creating Disruptions in Manufacturing". Additive Manufacturing is transforming from a research centric industry to mainstream manufacturing.   This presentation will primarily focus on the science behind scaling and moonshots to help drive innovation in manufacturing.

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POC: FFCOI

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MAD SCIENTIST WRITING CONTEST, due March 15:

POC: Allison Kuntzman

Mad Scientist wants your insights on the nature of the 4 Cs – Competition, Crisis, Conflict, and Change – now through 2035. Submissions should be non-fiction, 2,500 words max, and submitted by 3/15. Reach out for more details.


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.


SCENARIO-BASED PLANNING TRAINING- Starts April 5th:

POC: Doug Maris

Sharpen your foresight skills from home – LBL Strategies is offering a new program: Scenario-Based Planning Bootcamp. Join Robin Champ in this hands-on training focused on how to develop and run a scenario-based planning workshop for your organization. The course will be online from 1-5pm daily via Zoom on April 5-9 & 12-15, 2021. As a 1st cohort, the April offering will be at a discounted rate to a limited number of participants. To take advantage of the deeply reduced pricing – visit LBLStrategis.com/scenario-based-planning-bootcamp.


SCENARIO THINKING COURSE (March):

POC: Cindy Baskin

The Institute for the Future has launched a live-online course in Scenario Building held March 18-26. Complement your foresight practice with the new scenario-thinking training and toolkit and learn how to use the rich, complex, and rewarding framework of alternative future scenarios, as originally developed by Jim Dator, to think systematically about extreme uncertainty.


24 HOUR WORLD FUTURE DAY:

POC: Jerome Glenn

On March 1, 2021, The Millennium Project will be hosting Round-the-World-24-Hour Conversation on the future. Futurists and the general public will discuss global challenges and prospects for the future of civilization. The global conversation will begin and move each hour to the next time zone, completing a 24-hour round the world conversation. Join the conversation through ZOOM.


3-DAY VIRTUAL APPLIED FORESIGHT ACCELERATOR PROGRAM (April):

POC: Kedge Futures

The Futures School flagship offering, the Applied Foresight Accelerator, is a 3-day, immersive, hand-on project-based program that exists to democratize foresight across discipline and domains. The next program will take place via Zoom on April 20 -22, 2021. Be sure to apply by April 2, 2021.


FORESIGHT SEMINAR:

POC: Andy Hines

Looking to expand your foresight toolkit? Take advantage of the upcoming virtual seminar presented by the University of Houston. The seminar is scheduled for April 7 – May 5, 2021 on Wednesdays. Deadline to register is March 31, space is limited.


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.


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:

POC: James-Christian B. Blockwood

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:

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.


 

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.