The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust (French novelist)
Predicting the future is impossible; however, understanding factors that may shape the future is an important part of strategy development to manage uncertainty and minimize risk.
Strategic foresight is designed to aid in long-term strategic planning by allowing for emerging conditions to be incorporated into analysis, thereby, accounting for systemic changes over time. Strategic foresight methodologies help to analyze disconnected signals of change, and to identify potential future outcomes. Understanding the forces that drive change is fundamental to planning for a sustainable future.
Why use strategic foresight?
Strategic foresight provides an opportunity for participants to suspend their personal biases and operational focus, envisioning future states and the conditions required to create meaningful change. Participants work collaboratively to develop futures conditions and factors necessary to bring about change.
Future thinking allows participation without influence of job titles or responsibilities, thus, leveling hierarchy and function. The intended result provides a safe, fluid, fun and meaningful working environment to inspire, motivate and facilitate the thinking behind change.
- OCAD University
- Government of Ontario
- United Way Greater Toronto Area / United Way Centraide