SOIF Asia Pacific@Hawaii Futures retreat April 2014

Cat Tully — my partner at the School of International Futures (SOIF) — and I are creating our first ever SOIF Spring retreat, to complement the now established Summer retreat at Wilton Park (which we’re also producing again this year – details to be announced soon).

For the Spring retreat, we’re moving a long way from London — to Maui, Hawaii. Partnering with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS), University of Hawaii at Manoa, we’ve put together a retreat focusing on the Asia Pacific region, showcasing the futures techniques developed by Jim Dator and his team in Hawaii over 40 years. The “Manoa School” approach is experimental, creative and challenging, and has enjoyed a great deal of success over the years, particularly in the Asia Pacific. One of Jim’s students, Sohail Inayatullah, holds academic posts in both Taiwan and Australia, and will be joining Jim and the HRCSF faculty to lead the methods part of the retreat.

This is a great opportunity to learn the Manoa School approach direct from its creators, channeled into the pragmatic, policy-focused learning experience SOIF has pioneered. Expect big-name speakers from the worlds of government and business, participation from around the world, and — with the Lumeria Retreat Center — a great environment in which to learn.

For more, go to the SOIF website.

School of International Futures Summer retreat

Registration for second School of International Futures Summer retreat is now open – you can find out more at the SOIF website, or for information on signing up go to the page set up by Wilton Park, our host and partner for the event.

Speakers this year include Mathew Burrows, lead author of the US National Intelligence Council’s  report Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds which was published in November last year, and Leon Fuerth, former advisor to Al Gore, who also published a hugely ambitious report late last year, in which he argues for the adoption of advanced foresight processes in the US administration: Anticipatory Governance: Practical Upgrades.

School of International Futures

Apologies, this site has been sorely neglected for the past few months. First we suffered a server failure at our ISP (which took out site content and links), then came a lot of work updating the Technology and Innovation Futures project for the UK Foresight unit, and finally I’ve been preparing non-stop for the School of International Futures inaugural event next week.

SOIF (as we’re calling it) is a project I’ve been putting together for a few months with Cat Tully, who I used to work with on international foresight projects when we were both engaged by the UK government. The idea is to get the international policy community to use foresight approaches and tools as an integral part of their policy design and planning processes. We’ve created an exciting (and challenging) week around a mixture of talks by leading lights in the foreign policy world, lectures by futures experts on a range of foresight tools and techniques, and group work addressing a policy “live challenge”.

I’ll make an effort to get the site back up to scratch in September, but in the meantime do check out the School of International Futures site.

Welcome to Horizon Scanning!

Welcome to all and any who’ve landed on this page, I’ve been holding it for a while now while concentrating on my job with the UK Government’s Horizon Scanning Centre, but have decided 2011 is the year we get going. At first I’ll post links to organisations and good sources of information I’ve come across in my work. Maybe then a few more philosophical thoughts about what horizon scanning is and what it’s for. Feel free to join in at any stage!