Future Organizations

Communities of the Future

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Communities of the Future is an international network of colleagues from all walks of life who have collaborated for twenty five years to create new principles, ideas, concepts and methods that will help local communities prepare for a different kind of future that will be constantly changing and increasing interconnected, interdependent and complex.world. The Center for Communities of the Future emphasizes “futures generative dialogue” of “early adapters” (people who are open to new ideas). Once new ideas are identified through the facilitation of small networks of creative thinkers, local “futures projects” are established to introduce one or more new “capacities for transformation” into the thinking and activities of local communities to see what resonates and what is inappropriate. COTF is pioneering new concepts, methods and techniques of community transformation to be used in parallel to other basic strategic planning models. The goal is to spread “capacities for transformation” throughout any organization/community in a dynamic and flexible way. It is in this way that the concepts and methods of COTF reflect the use of ecological principles of self-organization, continuous innovation and emergence. 

Communities of the Future

Rick Smyre on GCTV with Bill Miller

Preparing for a World that Doesn't Exist -Yet

Concept Papers

Articles

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Design for Health

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A global group (funders, implementers, and designers) who are committed to the shared vision of design as a means to achieve global health goals.  

"For global health practitioners, we hope to provide resources and guidance that increase the understanding, appropriate use, and value of design as a complementary approach to addressing the challenges we all encounter in our work.  For the design community, our aim is to better communicate design’s value within the global health community, to clarify how design can integrate into global health programming, to attract the best talent, and to support their engagement in global health.  For the global community, we strive to listen to the people we seek to impact and include them as participants in the design and implementation of holistic and measurable global health interventions." 

 

Design for Health

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Models and Methods
Additional Resources

Factors Required for Successful Future Research in Decision Making

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This report identifies and discusses the reasons for successes and failures in the use of futures research for timely decisions. "Foresightning activities" can result in varied impacts to organizations (or society), most of which are very difficult to measure. Therefore, "foresighting organizations tend to rely on high-level buy-in and public legitimization as signs of their effectiveness".

 

Factors Required for Successful Future Research in Decision Making

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FOR LEARN Online Foresight Guide

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The FOR-LEARN project aimed at consolidating and improving accessibility to Foresight knowledge and know-how, advancing Foresight knowledge and promoting Foresight throughout Europe. It is part of the European Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform. The most important outcome of this project is the FOR-LEARN On-line Foresight Guide. It guides users throughout the critical steps of design, implementation and follow-up of a Foresight project and gives a description of the main methods that can be used. Clear and easy-to-access information is provided, with real case illustrative examples. It is today a unique resource on Foresight and its techniques, and it is used by the community of Foresight practitioners and by those who want to learn how to apply Foresight in policy development.

Why Do Foresight?

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Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
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Community Collaborations Works in Progress

Foresight for Science,Technology and Innovation (ForSTI)

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This book describes a systematic approach to the application and use of foresight methods related to science and technology (ForSTI). Authors describe the ForSTI process and its phases: initiation, intelligence, imagination, integration, interpretation, intervention and impact. Strategies and tactics associate with each phase are described, discussed and illustrated with case examples. 

Foresight For Science, Technology and Innovation

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Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
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Foresight International

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Foresight International (FI) exists to help create and sustain social foresight. It does this through: Assisting the growth and development of Futures Studies, applied foresight, practitioners, organisations and new methodologies; Communicating and collaborating widely with individuals and progressive international organisations; and Developing and distributing a range of high quality resources, products and services. FI continues to develop and apply integrally informed capabilities in several areas including: business, government, education and the third sector. Specific areas include professional development, leadership training, secondary and tertiary programs. FI produces books (in hard copy, ePub and PDF formats, CD ROMs, USBs, videos and other materials) that have a range of uses in many different organisational contexts.

Foresight International

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Futurists

Foresight International

Abstract

Foresight International (FI) exists to help create and sustain social foresight. It does this through: Assisting the growth and development of Futures Studies, applied foresight, practitioners, organisations and new methodologies; Communicating and collaborating widely with individuals and progressive international organisations; and Developing and distributing a range of high quality resources, products and services. FI continues to develop and apply integrally informed capabilities in several areas including: business, government, education and the third sector. Specific areas include professional development, leadership training, secondary and tertiary programs. FI produces books (in hard copy, ePub and PDF formats, CD ROMs, USBs, videos and other materials) that have a range of uses in many different organisational contexts.

Foresight International

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Future Pod Pod Cast Series

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The vision of the Future Pod Team is to build a project, which would contribute to creating humane and better futures for all, through the Foresight community, with the three-fold aim to:

  • Recognize and honor people play a major role in establishing the futures and foresight field
  • Support and promote those in the community who are establishing themselves and furthering the contributions of our field; and
  • Provide a place that can offer inspiration to those who wish to join us by listening to those conversations and then going out and creating their own pathway.

The team does this by combining old technologies (conversation and storytelling) and new technology (podcasting and social media) in a not-for-profit venture for the community, supported by the community.  Check out some of the pod casts and resources.

Future Pod Episodes

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Future Today Institute

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Founded in 2006, the Future Today Institute helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. FTI focuses exclusively on how emerging technology and science will disrupt business, transform the workforce and ignite social and geopolitical change. FTI’s forecasting methodology has been featured in the MIT Sloan Management Review and in the Harvard Business Review, and it is taught at universities around the world. 

Future Today Institute Methodology

2017 Tech Trends Report

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Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
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