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NEXT MEETING ALERT:
Join us on December 2nd from 11:00am (EST) as we host Alex Fergnani, PhD researcher and executive educator at the National University of Singapore Business School focusing on futures and foresight. Alex will share with us "Advancements in Futures and Foresight Methodology: Implications for Practice." Be sure to RSVP on our website by 11/26.
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FORESIGHT TRAINING: SCENARIO-BASED PLANNING :
POC: Doug Maris
Learn how to write scenarios and run a workshop for your organization by taking LBL’s Mastering Foresight: Scenario-Based Planning training. The last training of the year will be held December 6-10. Receive a copy of Dr. Richard Lum’s book “4 Steps to the Future” and more. Register by November 22 for early bird discount. Group discounts also available.
PODCAST: MAD SCIENTIST LAB - with Robin Champ:
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.
FTC 2021 CONFERENCE:
POC: FTC Conference
Check out the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2021, October 28 -29, 2021. The FTC 2021 is the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthrough in the areas of computing, electronics, AI robotics, security, and communications. During the conference you will learn through hundreds of presentations and demonstrations; connect with tech experts from around the world; and discover how technologies are creating breakthroughs in important fields. Be sure to register.
ARTICLE: A FUTURIST'S GUIDE TO PREPARING YUOR 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:
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.
BEST PLACES TO WORK IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
The annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings produced by the Partnership for Public Service, measures employee engagement government-wide, as well as individual departments, agencies, and subcomponents. In 2020 during a global pandemic, federal agencies stepped up to support employees, with many working remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. Congrats to NASA, US GAO, and the Congressional Budget Office for coming in first place within their category. Be sure to check out the release of the rankings video along with the heart felt congratulations to all public servants.
ARTICLE: NEW R&D BUDGET PROPOSAL LOOKS TO THE FUTURE NOT THE NOW
POC: Brandi Vincent
The recent budget request includes spending that could considerably impact America’s scientific enterprise. Increased competitiveness and focusing R&D on priorities like climate and pandemic preparedness reflect a rebalance of R&D spending in civil agencies. This new proposal is a premise of the idea that to move forward as a country we need to invest in innovation, and the public sector is critical to building a robust and inclusive economy.
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.
ESTABLISHMENT OF A UN OFFICE STRATEGIC THREATS:
POC: Jerome Glenn
On behalf of the Millennium Project among others, members are being invited to be a part of the signatory letter to the United Nations Secretary-General to support the establishment of a UN Office of Strategic Threats. If you would like to have your name added to the letter, please send your name, position, affiliation, and country to the POC. The letter will be open for signatures until August 14, 2021 and will be delivered on September 1, 2021.s.
GLOBAL TRENDS 2040:
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":
“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
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.
OMB CIRCULAR A-11 REINSTATEMENT:
On March 24, 2021, the White House reinstated OMB Circular No. A-11. This very important section containing important foresight references was removed in December 2020. The document will once again have federal agencies create and track performance goals that reflect the current administration’s objectives.
ARTICLE: "WE CAN'T PREVENT TOMORROW'S CATASTROPHES UNLESS WE IMAGINE THEM TODAY":
POC: Peter Scoblic
In Peter Scoblic’s recent article featured in the Washington Post, he writes about the events of the past year and the uncertainty of the future. Peter discusses the need for more than a strategy, specifically, the need for strategic foresight. In this call to action article, Peter gives mention to the pockets of strategic foresight in government such as the USSS, GAO, OPM, Forest Service, USAID, and various parts of DoD. But the pockets are scattered and to overcome such a challenge the President needs to make strategic foresight a priority.
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:
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.