Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Awards
Recognising the next generations’ endeavours in shaping the future.
Apply before 31 May 2020
Next Generation Foresight
Who we want to support
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.
The 2020 Awards
This year there are two opportunities to apply – the Main Award and the Walkabout Prizes:
- The Main Award is open to anyone between the ages of 18-35 or with less than ten years’ experience as a foresight practitioner. It will support one Winner and a cohort of Special Awardees to develop both personally and professionally. You can enter as an individual or as a team of up to ten people.
- The Walkabout Prizes will support two individuals or teams between 18-25 years’ old to engage in their communities.
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.
- Between 18 and 35 or with less than ten years’ experience as a foresight practitioner on 31 May 2020
- Winner receives both a USD 15,000 prize to support their project and attendance at the SOIF Summer Retreat
- Special awardees invited to become fellows and receive mentoring and support from SOIF and judges.
- Enter as a team or individual
- Between 18 and 25 years old on 31 May 2020
- Two winners will each receive a USD 5,000 prize to help translate new future-focused ideas into action in service to their community
- Benefit from scanning training and mentoring support
- Enter as a team or individual
What do we mean by foresight
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.
Learn about our previous awardees and their projects
What we are looking for
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
Foresight with impact
Changing the conversation and direction using futures and foresight.
As Joseph Jaworski once said, “the future is not fixed, so it can be shaped”. That’s why Foresight is so relevant in this our admirable world of uncertainty and complexity. Its potential to explore alternative futures give us an extra motive to aspire a better world, designing wiser decisions and improving strategies, leadership and collaboration leaving no one behind.
Fátima Azevedo – General Secretariat of the Ministry of the Environment, Portugal
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