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 October 14 from 11:00am (EST) as we host Eric Popiel, Strategic Foresight Program Analyst from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Eric will be sharing with the FFCOI the application of strategic foresight can lead to actionable results. Please join us as we learn about how the Chief Financial Officers Council used Houston Framework of foresight to apply the theory, design a plan and how the “The CFO of the Future Now” is being implemented. Be sure to RSVP on our website by 10/8.

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POC: FFCOI

Attention, Attention - Ever wonder how you can be featured in the FFCOI Focus newsletter, or perhaps you have a very interesting topic or product under way and you want to share with a greater crowd? Why not reach out to FFCOI and let us help you and your organization promote your work. We are always happy to share content with the community, just reach out!


GLOBAL FUTURES THROUGH NON-STATE LENS:

POC: Amy Zalman

Join Prescient on September 22, from 11am – 1pm EDT as they explore what the future of international power might look like through the eyes of non-governmental organizations and private firms. In this inaugural Prescient Policy Sandbox, Prescient will convene experts with a pulse on global trends to discuss the National Intelligence Council report, and build collaborative scenarios on the future of non-state power. Be sure to RSVP to this free virtual event.


TRADOC PROBLEMS WORTH SOLVING:

POC: Mad Scientist Laboratory

TRADOC wants your input to problems large and small. We think people are working on these problems every day around the world. Crowdsourcing our Problems Worth Solving -- or redefining them properly -- is one way to get at the solutions some of you may already have. Help Team Army and TRADOC set a new course for the future – check out their website to join the discussion.


THE FUTURES SCHOOL (TFS) 3-DAY ACCELERATOR TRAINING:

POC: Nicole Baker Rosa

The Futures School Applied Foresight Accelerator participants launch their foresight practice with hands-on application of the entire Natural Foresight® process. Apply now for the in-person (Austin) or live-online (CDT) sessions on Oct 26-28. Tuition assistance apps close Sep 16.


TRAINING: LBL SCENARIO-BASED PLANNING:

POC: Brian Coppersmith

Join Serco-Whitney Bradley Brown, as they host a scenario-based planning workshop where you will learn how to write scenarios and run a workshop for your organization.  Your choice of in-person at their facility in Reston, VA or on-line via Zoom for those preferring virtual attendance.  Heavy-hitter line of up of guest speakers include Dr. Richard Lum, Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos, and Dr. Jake Sotiriadis, LTC, USAF.  Register by August 15th for early bird discount.


TRAINING: PRESCIENT FORESIGHT SANDBOX

POC: Amy Zalman

Now accepting registrations for the next Foresight Sandbox cohort. The live course on Strategic Foresight for an Era of Accelerating Change, will bring together managers from industry, government, and non-profit sectors. Two virtual days are scheduled for September 14-15, 2021.


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.


BEST PLACES TO WORK IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

POC: Partnership for Public Service

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.


USAID CONTRACTOR FORESIGHT JOB:

POC: Army Mad Scientist

An interesting indicator of growth in foresight in the federal government. USAID, through a contractor, has published a requisition for a new foresight lead. The hiree has the potential to influence a number of high profile areas to include strategic planning, and early-stage implementation for the foresight function. Interested candidates should refer to the announcement.


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.

 


PODCAST WITH ROBIN CHAMP: US SECRET SERVICE - STANDING POST

POC: Robin Champ

Check out the latest podcast from the U.S. Secret Service - Standing Post where they host our very own Co-chair Robin Champ. Robin shares  about her experience with strategic foresight within Secret Service and other federal agencies.

 


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:

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.


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:

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.