What is foresight

Foresight is a systematic way of engaging with uncertainty by exploring alternative futures, including aspirational ones. As a discipline, it has the potential to shape the future. It is not about predicting the future, but understanding your current and future operating environment. Insights gained from foresight equip communities and organisations to recognise and respond to emerging threats and opportunities by developing enhanced competitiveness, resilience and agility.

A foresight practitioner is anyone who takes a futures approach to their work to explore and understand the impacts of longer-term factors and drivers of change on the future, to understand better how different futures might evolve, and to generate insights for decisions made today.

Why do we need to democratise the future?

Today, the futures and foresight field is still largely dominated by Global North voices from older generations. However, better, fairer and more equitable futures for all can only be built if everyone has the same opportunities to participate meaningfully in this co-creation. In order for all communities to use foresight and have their own conversations about it to shape their futures, they need their own people, methods and approaches.

NGFP is committed to providing a platform for the development and support of younger generations of futures and foresight practitioners, particularly from the Global South. Their needs, experiences, perspectives and methods must equally inform the pathways towards our collective preferred futures.



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