The Strategic Foresight Book

Embrace uncertainty as an opportunity to shape tomorrow

The decisions we make now will impact the future, and that future will hold new challenges and unexpected opportunities. Strategic foresight allows us to engage with uncertainty, explore possibilities, and turn our insights into action today.

Ben Holt, Global Lead for Strategic Foresight, IFRC Solferino Academy

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The Strategic Foresight Book

The humanitarian sector is built on community connections, rapid response and the principles of dignity, kindness and practical action. This will be vital for the future as we face complex crises in a rapidly chaining world.

Strategic foresight is a practical way to explore emerging issues and uncover new options for action. It helps us anticipate challenges, engage with uncertainty and sharpen our decision making. It is also a powerful way to connect with communities and imagine new possibilities.

This book will not teach you how to predict the future, but it will prepare you for the possibilities. It will not give you definitive answers, but it will help you ask decisive questions.

It takes what we’ve learnt and created in the IFRC Solferino Academy as we’ve used strategic foresight across the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) network over the years.

The book examines how strategic foresight connects to key areas, including leadership, creativity, innovation and decision making.

It also presents practical activities and exercises which you can use to run your own strategic foresight process. 

We have shared the tips, tricks and tactics we use to explore the future. We explain how to change the way we think about the possibilities, how to use creativity to enhance analysis, how to run effective workshops, and how to turn ideas into action.

It is a cookbook, not a rule book; adjust the ingredients to your tastes, and don’t forget to give us feedback at [email protected]

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