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.
The FFCOI was established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in January 2013 by Mr. James-Christian Blockwood. The FFCOI held its inaugural meeting on March 27, 2013 and continues to hold quarterly meetings. The VA later partnered with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in 2015 to expand the group’s reach and advance the overall goal of using foresight methodologies to improve decision-making in government and institutionalize foresight within the Federal Government.
The FFCOI is open to all federal employees who work in the areas of foresight, futures, strategic planning, innovation, and risk management. The FFCOI includes strategic partners, external to the U.S. Federal government, from the private sector and the international community.
U.S. federal agencies represented at FFCOI meetings include:
|Bureau of Prisons
Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Department of Commerce/National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency
Department of Energy (Sandia National Laboratory)
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Interior
Department of Veterans Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency
|Federal Aviation Administration
Government Accountability Office
Library of Congress
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Personnel Management
Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Secret Service