Apply before 31 May 2020
When we look at the world, we see new foresight practitioners enabling their communities to collectively imagine and create their own futures. They are diverse voices that are effectively democratising the futures field.
The NGFP awards recognise those helping to shape the future and improve lives through innovative strategic foresight. They aim to showcase stories of accelerating and scaling change in their communities towards a positive future. Through the awards we are seeking to identify change that is coming from a new generation — millennials, with new aspirations and values — from new geographies, with a growing foresight practice in Africa and Asia, and from second and third career practitioners entering the field from other domains, with fresh ideas and approaches.
This year there are two opportunities to apply – the Main Award and the Walkabout Prizes:
Eligible applicants will be invited to join a global sensing-network of future-alert activists. Our long-term ambition is to accelerate the transformation of the next generation of changemakers using foresight as a key tool to envision a better global future. We are motivated by the belief in the potential for everyone to engage in anticipating and shaping futures. The awrds, programme and sensing network exist to democratise futures practice by providing a platform for diverse voices.
Foresight is a systematic way of engaging with uncertainty, through the exploration of 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 better understand how different futures might evolve, and to generate insights for decisions made today.
Examples of innovative practice we hope to support include:
Next generation approaches to driving participation and empowering communities
New approaches to sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals
From digital to design thinking, from ethnography to performance
Changing the conversation and direction using futures and foresight.
Fátima Azevedo - General Secretariat of the Ministry of the Environment, Portugal
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