SOIF are very privileged to work with Jim Dator and the Hawaii Research Centre for Future Studies’ which he founded as they celebrate their 40th anniversary – making it the longest standing strategic foresight program in the world. As a founder of the “Manoa School” of foresight, one of the most longstanding yet still radical branches of our discipline, Jim has inspired four generations of futurists. Ahead of the SOIF-HRCFS Hawaii Spring retreat we are taking the opportunity to showcase Jim’s successful method and approach.
At SOIF to celebrate Future Day we are looking back at five important futures publications from the last 50 years. Together these publications and the people involved have helped to shape strategic futures, to raise the profile and importance of strategic foresight and to embed futures into both policy and strategic planning.
Future Day on 1st March is a world holiday to focus and celebrate the energy that more and more people around the world are directing toward creating a radically better future.
Officials at the series of APEC meetings that have just kicked off and conclude with the Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November, should be mindful of dates such as 1988, 1996, 2006 – years preceding significant shifts in the balance of economic, social and political forces. The drivers of such change are rarely picked up in today’s top stories and economic forecasts. Strategic foresight seeks to uncover them and analyse their implications.
So while the hangover from the financial crisis and narrative about green growth may dominate world headlines and summit discussions, three bigger long-term issues need APEC’s attention.
The SOIF learning journey is designed around a four-stage foresight process and takes a policy-focused approach to strategic foresight.
Every journey is different but they each involves following key stages:
To give you an idea of how the SOIF process can work please read our sample journey or watch the video form our 2012 Retreat.
We’ve put together this two-page flyer with background on the Asia Pacific@Hawaii Futures retreat, explaining why you and other members of your organisation may find it valuable to attend. Do share with colleagues, and why not tweet it out to followers (using hashtag #SOIFHawaii) ?
With huge support from our friends at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, we are proud to announce the first ever SOIF-HRCFS Spring retreat, at the Lumeria Hotel on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii, from April 20-23 2014.
By shifting our location several time zones from London, we’re aiming to do three things: 1) encourage imaginative long-term thinking about the future of the Asia Pacific region, 2) draw new methodological inspiration from the birthplace of the “Manoa School” of foresight, one of the most longstanding yet still radical branches of our discipline, and 3) make travel more accessible for our East Asia colleagues.
Read about what we’ve been up to over the past 6 months, and our exciting plans for Spring 2014 …
This August, the 2013 School of International Futures held its second Summer Retreat at Wilton Park. The event was a huge success with 25 delegates attending from 15 different countries; joining together to share their knowledge and perspectives in the area of strategic foresight. This year’s course had the theme of anticipatory governance, and brought together experts from around the world in a series of talks and seminars, preparing delegates to carry the tools and skills they developed during the course forward into their organisations and policy areas. Participants included representatives from foreign ministries, international institutions, think tanks and leading corporations, all of whom helped to build an environment of enthusiasm and learning, contributing to the success of the event. This year’s speakers included Mathew Burrows, Leon Fuerth, Arif Lalani, David Robson and Matt Locke, while Andy Hines from the University of Texas foresight programme led the tutorial sessions.
To get a sense of how the event unfolded – in photos and tweets – see our Storify presentation.