SOIFINDIA

Exploring the future of smart urbanization

April 2017
Fort Jadhavgadh, Pune, India

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Welcome to SOIFIndia

It is more important than ever that we see cities as a key intervention point for our transition to a sustainable future.

SOIFIndia will bring together thirty participants with experts to learn how to use strategic foresight to understand the implications of change and disruption in an uncertain and increasingly volatile world. A unique mix of education, insight and practice, the retreat teaches a practical and imaginative approach to foresight and critically, how to influence decision-making todaysawaswat

Every retreat has a unique focus and SOIFIndia will look at the future of of smart urbanization, resilience and sustainability. Participants will gain insights into how global and urban trends will shape the future, learn from international case studies and Indian practice, and explore the role of  entrepreneurship, participation and innovation in generating sustainable solutions.

Throughout the week we will use foresight and design-thinking to develop and explore alternative urban futures and develop implications for policy and strategy today. We will tackle a series of challenges from Niti Aayog and the Global Cities Working Group of the U.S. State Department. Our findings will help to advance Habitat III and develop ideas on behalf of the Road to Global Entrepreneurship Summit series.

Learn Strategic foresight and Innovation strategies in practical sessions led by SOIF and  our guest faculty Roger Dennis and Chris Vein

  • Develop confidence and practical experience using foresight on a “Live” policy challenge
  • Explore alternative futures for cities with insights form global and urban trends experts such as Kenza Kbabara, Marc Weiss and Shela Patel, government experts including Jagan Shah and VK Sawaswat, and technologists such as Sam Pitroda and Mahendra Bapna
  • Leave ready to implement foresight in your organisation or community

We look forward to meeting you and creating a better future together.

Cat Tully   Co-Founder, SOIF       Prabhat Ranjan  Executive Director, TIFAC

 

 

The Concept

The retreat will include a mix of expert-led workshops, guest faculty lessons, practical sessions, interactive discussions and demonstrations, mentoring and networking to give participants the opportunities to develop the skills, understanding and relationships needed to shape the future.

Develop Insight into the future of global and urban trends

Explore the drivers and trends that will shape the future, and how to harness technology and social capital as we explore the components of a smart city, and develop implications for you and your organisation.

Learn Foresight and innovation tools

Learn how to build strategic foresight capability and how foresight and innovation at the city level can link into state, national and larger planning processes. Apply the tools and techniques you learn during our Challenge sessions.

Develop your understanding of sustainable practice and innovation in cities

Through case studies, panels and expert session we will explore the principles behind the SDGs and sustainable innovation. Gain concrete ideas to implement at the city level, through case studies and examples from our expert speakers.

Understand how to create a culture of foresight and innovation.

Learn how to identify opportunities and barriers to foresight in your organisation. Understand the role of data and accountability in decision-making. And how to build effective, inclusive and accountable institutions.

The Challenge

Throughout the week we will use foresight to explore a series of challenges from Niti Aayog and the Global Cities Working Group of the U.S. State Department.

The challenges will explore “What will the Smart City of the Future Look Like?”

With help from our faculty and inspiration from international and Indian practice, we will use the foresight tools and techniques that we learn to dissect and explore this question out to 2030 and develop concrete implications for today.

Our findings will help to advance Habitat III and develop ideas on behalf of the Road to Global Entrepreneurship Summit series

About SOIF

School of International Futures (SOIF) is an independent non-profit organisation based in the UK, whose mission is to build the capacity of policy-makers, business leaders, international organisations and civil society to use foresight with impact.

We provide our clients with the tools and techniques to become better commissioners and users of strategic foresight, and encourage the development of foresight capacity through investment in skills and structures.

Our offer is built on our experience leading and implementing strategy and foresight projects in more than 30 countries. We believe that foresight leads to better plans and decisions, and can play an important role in transforming the world we live in, for the better.

SOIF helps you to think differently – and confidently – about the future.

The key to confident decision-making and successful strategy is the ability to imagine and plan for different future scenarios. Our bespoke training, retreats, coaching and advisory services help you to create a bright future for your organisation.

We advocate for the value of thinking about the future, and support our network with examples of success and good practice. We build capability by providing support and advice on designing future-ready organisations. We help build coalitions for future change through our networks and retreats.

About TIFAC

Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), an  autonomous organization under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) was set up in 1988. TIFAC is a think tank which looks to technologies on the horizon, assesses technology trajectories and supports technology innovation by networked actions in select technology areas of national importance.

Bringing out technology visions is one of the regular activities of TIFAC. Technology Vision 2020 was the first document of its kind, brought out in 1993.

TIFAC has recently brought out Technology Vision 2035 which was unveiled by the Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi on 3rd January, 2016. This document outlines the aspirations of Indians in 2035, the different prerogatives they would be assured of and also the technologies that would enable them to be achieved.

TIFAC continues to strive for technology development of the country by leveraging technology innovation through sustained and concerted programmes in close association with academia and industry. TIFAC facilitates filing and securing patents and other IP rights besides activities of technology refinement, marketing, up-scaling the technologies from pilot to industrial production.

 

 

The Context

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015 have laid out a challenging agenda for the future of global development. They present a unique opportunity to engage and shape this future as countries look to implement the framework at a national and sub-national level. This is true, not just for SDG11 which centres on “sustainable cities and communities”. The urban space has a major role to play across the board.

Cities are key to this future. Around the world countries will have to tackle the challenges of rapid urbanisation, climate change and demographic shifts. In India, alone, the urban population is expected to grow to 814 million by 2050, with 40 percent of the population turning 40-plus by 2030. This will place huge pressure on infrastructure and communities.

This growth also brings huge opportunities to create spaces that enable all citizens to lead healthy, prosperous and secure lives.

UN Habitat III, which takes place the week before SOIFIndia, will set the global context for cities and layout a first step in the translation of the SDGs to the urban context.

At SOIFIndia we will take this global agenda forward and explore how Strategic foresight can help deliver the promise of the SDGs not only nationally, but through the lens of individual cities and communities.

The SDGs call on us to ensure that “no one is left behind”. Foundational goals 16 and 17, in particular, challenge us to build “effective, accountable and inclusive institutions” and act in “global partnership, cooperation and sustainability”.

To do this it will be essential to learn from innovative practice around the world, to empower communities and unlock inherent economic and social value in SMEs. Inclusion, equality and gender participation will be key. And we must harness new approaches to data, new technologies and entrepreneurship, as we look to co-create sustainable futures.

These highly complex problems, can only be solved using processes that are systemic, emergent, and participatory.People and communities must drive the solutions.

Strategic foresight can help you to do this. SOIFIndia is a small contribution to this global endeavour.

 

Why Foresight

Strategic foresight is an essential skill-set for today’s leaders. It helps you to understand future uncertainty in your operating environment, to understand the nature of change and disruption and make better and more resilient decisions.

It differs from traditional planning, in that it considers multiple futures – the plausible, possible, probable and prefered – helping you plan for multiple outcomes, rather than for a single prediction or vision of the future. It helps you to identify important and emerging issues that will shape your future operating environment and to link this back to decision-making today.

There are many reasons for using foresight: risk management, strategy development, to develop a vision for your organisation, to drive innovation or manage change.

Foresight is more than a set of tools. It is a mind-set that can help you develop effective future-proof strategies. Understanding this, we have designed the retreat to give you the tools, knowledge and experience to go back to your work and implement foresight in your city, organisation, country and community.

Strategic Foresight is an essential skill set for the 21st century. It helps organisations, governments and communities move beyond today’s problems, to those of tomorrow.

By attending SOIFIndia you will:

  • Understand how to use Strategic Foresight to solve a range of issues, from smart urbanisation to social change, and the role of technology and innovation
  • Learn practical foresight tools and techniques from expert practitioners including horizon scanning, scenario planning, participatory foresight and design thinking
  • Learn how to use data to inform decision-making and build effective and inclusive partnerships
  • Benefit from networking opportunities and the space to share ideas, develop your expertise, and develop practical collaborations across India, the region and internationally.

You will leave an effective user and commissioner of foresight.

 

WHY CITIES

Cities are key to our future, yet their future is uncertain. Around the world countries face enormous challenges from rapid urbanisation, climate change and demographic shifts. In India, alone, the urban population is expected to grow to 814 million by 2050, with 40 percent of the population turning 40-plus by 2030. This will place huge pressure on infrastructure and communities. This growth, however, also presents huge opportunities if we can act now to develop sustainable solutions, and come together to create urban spaces and cities that will enable all citizens to lead healthy, prosperous and secure lives.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015 and UN Habitat III, which took place in October 2016, have set out a  global context for cities and the future of global development. They present a unique opportunity to engage and shape this future as countries look to implement the framework at a national and sub-national level. At SOIFIndia we will take this global agenda forward and explore how Strategic foresight can help deliver the sustainable, economic and productive solutions, not only nationally, but critically through the lens of individual cities and communities.

 

What to eXpect

The retreat provides a mix of faculty teaching, expert-led practical sessions, panels, discusions, networking and mentoring, to give you the opportunity to develop your skills and build the relationships needed to shape the future. Whether you set the strategic direction for your organisation, lead a strategy or innovation unit, are setting up your own foresight function or are just curious about the future, you will benefit from the new analytical and professional perspectives SOIFIndia  provides.

Throughout the week you will learn SOIF’s four-stage process for foresight with impact, practical foresight tools such as horizon scanning, scenario analysis, wind-tunnelling and visioning, and apply these to a series of challenges on the future of cities.

Day 1 Welcome. Introduction to strategic foresight concepts and principles for thinking about the future. Introduction to scoping and designing foresight projects with impact. .

Day 2 Exploring the drivers and trends that will shape global and urban futures. Ordering uncertainty and identifying weak signals using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Day 3 Development of alternative urban futures. Scenario planning techniques. Participative foresight, the role of data and entrepreneurship.

Day 4 Developing implications – building the bridge between foresight and strategy. Prefered futures and methods for using foresight to create change.

Day 5 Integrating the futures approach: learn how to build strategic foresight capability in your organisation and how foresight and innovation at the city level can link into state, national and larger planning processes. Development of action plans.

 

At SOIF India we wile joined by expert commissioners, practitioners and users of foresight, as well as private and public sector policy planning/government leads and experts in futures thinking and smart cities. Our programmes provide an exceptional ratio of speakers to participants, and our guest faculty bring unique perspectives and experience to our taught programme.

DESIGN AND INNOVATION

rogerRoger Dennis Consultant in futures thinking, innovation, former co-lead of Shell Technology Futures programme for the GameChanger team.

chrisChris Vein Former Chief Innovation Officer for Global Technology Development, World Bank and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation.

CITIES AND URBAN AGENDA

Karuna Gopal is Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a Think Tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade.

Kenza Kbabra* is President of the Smart Cities Initiative for Africa which builds international partnerships across Africa for inclusive, smart and sustainable development

Ian Klaus is Senior Advisor for Global Cities at the U.S. Department of State and Deputy Negotiator for the US delegation to Habitat III.

jagan-shahJagan Shah is Chairman of the  Committee on Standards for Smart Cities and former  Secretary or Urban Development, in the Government ofIndia.

Sheila Patel* is Chair of Slum Dwellers International which for the past 10 years has been gathering city level data about slums to generate dialogue and innovative solutions for cities.

Marc Weiss is Chairman and CEO at Global Urban Development, a network of urban affairs leaders, that advises the Rio Grande do Sul state government on metropolitan economic strategy

INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY

Amitabh Kant* is CEO of Niti Aayog, author of “Branding India – An Incredible Story”, and former Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

Shri Bibek Debroy  is Member  of Niti Aayog and Professor at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Sudhir Krishna is Chairman of the  Committee on Standards for Smart Cities and former  Secretary or Urban Development, in the Government ofIndia.

VK SaraswatVK Sawaswat is Member, NITI Aayog and former Secretary, Dept. of Defence R&D and Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation

Sam Pitroda is a telecom inventor, entrepreneur credited with laying the foundations of India’s ICT Revolution.

Vijay Chauthaiwale is In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Department, Bharatiya Janata Party, India.

Mahendra Bapna is former CEO of two Tata enterprises and an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University.

Advisory Council

VK SaraswatV K Saraswat Member, Niti Aayog, former Secretary of Defence (R&D) (Chair).

rosemarieRosemarie Forsythe Former Director, International Political Strategy at the Exxon Mobil Corporation.

NaushadNaushad Forbes* President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

BanningBanning Garrett Founding director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative.

RajRaj Kumar Founding Vice-Chancellor of O. P. Jindal Global University, India and Dean of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS).

georgeGeorge Kallivayalil Associate Editor and Chief of Bureau of Deepika, New Delhi.

ArabindaArabinda Mitra Adviser, International Division, Department of Science and Technology, India.

 

Organising Team and Faculty

School of International Futures, UK (SOIF)

catCat Tully Co-founder, School of International Futures and Founder of FromOverHere, a consultancy providing strategy and foreign policy advice.

AlunAlun Rhydderch Co-founder, School of International Futures and Director of Horizon Scanning Ltd.

PeterPeter Glenday Programme & Research Director, School of International Futures.

Technology Information, Assessment and Forecasting Council, India (TIFAC)

prabhatPrabhat Ranjan Executive Director of Technology Information, Assessment and Forecasting Council, India.

gautamGautam Goswami Scientist – F and Head of Technology Vision 2030, Technology Information, Assessment and Forecasting Council, India.

JancyJancy Ayyaswamy Scientist – E, Technology Information, Assessment and Forecasting Council, India.

ChakradharThuramidar Chakradhar Scientist – C, Technology Information, Assessment and Forecasting Council, India/

 

 

* To be confirmed

 

WHo will be there

At SOIF India we wile joined by expert commissioners, practitioners and users of foresight, as well as private and public sector policy planning/government leads and experts in futures thinking and smart cities.

The retreat has space for 30 participants, and we expect representation from more than 16 countries, including India, the Asia-Pacfiic, US and Europe. Participants will work at a senior level in strategy, policy, leadership and analytical roles in governments, NGOs, international organisations and businesses.

Previous participants include representatives from Chevron; Delma Institute, UAE; Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; European External Action Service; Garten Rothkopf; Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology; McKinsey and Company; National Commission of Security, Colombia; Save the Children; Shell Global; TIFAC, The African Public Policy and Research Institute; United Nations; UK Ministry of Defence.

Join us for in depth views with senior strategic thinkers from around the world and gain expert insights over dinner and ‘fire-side’ chats with political risk experts, top intelligence analysts, scanners technologists and journalists.

Participants will include:
100 resilient city Resilience Officers, representatives from US State Department Secondary Cities, Strategic trends leads from Ministry of Defence UK, United Nations Development Programme, Prime Ministers’ offices in the region, Strategic Trends experts, Key Business Leaders, Ministries of Government of India and International urban networks.

In the past four years, SOIF has introduced the strategic foresight approach to over 400 senior leaders from industry, public and third sectors, from over 50 countries. Organisations include Shell Global, Chevron, Metropolitan Education Trust in Nigeria, and McKinsey; US State Department, UN agencies and programmes including UN-Habitat, CEPAL, NATO, and UK Cabinet Office.

Feedback from participants

“With the world becoming ever more unpredictable, it’s important there is a place that teaches strategic foresight and planning. The School of International Futures is a treasure that anybody interested in managing for the future should not miss.”
Mathew J BurrowsDirector Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council

“The Live challenge combined with faculty sessions and expert panels kept the days lively and allowed for learning, application, and understanding how foresight can be used in the real world”
Claire CaseyManaging Director, Garten Rothkopf LLC

“Great line-up of speakers. Excellent group of participants. Very warm atmosphere well set up by the organizers”
Yulia Oleinik Officer-in-Charge, Policy Planning, UNICEF

“SOIF helped me understand that predicting the future is impossible – what you need is insight into what might happen so you can make decisions on the basis of a range of future possibilities. I have used the tools and techniques I learnt at SOIF to integrate foresight as a key skill for my team, and an essential skill for my organisation.”
Tim BrosnanCEO, Small Foundation

“The School offers high-quality presenters, varied and robust methodologies, and opportunity to network with other futures practitioners around the globe. I came expecting to gain a firm appreciation of different futures frameworks, to be challenged in my thinking around how to deploy foresight, and how to tailor it to the demands of policy. I was not disappointed.”
Todd Cleaver Policy Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand

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REGISTRATION

Register now or contact us at info@soif.org.uk for more information

DATES: April 2017

LANGUAGE: English

venueVENUE: Fort Jadhavgadh, near Pune, India provides a relaxed and creative environment needed for creativity, sharing of ideas and learning. The programme is designed to give you both an intensive learning experience, and to provide the space for creativity and reflection that is essential for effective foresight.

FEES: The participation fee for SOIFIndia is GBP 2,950* per place.

Please contact us for pricing and payment options in rupees. Fee is inclusive of four nights’ accommodation at Fort Jadhavgadh, all meals, drinks and transfer from/to Pune airport.

*Price is quoted exclusive of VAT which is charged at 20%.

A deposit of GBP 600 is required to reserve your place or you can choose to pay the fee in full. The remainder of the participation fee (less the deposit) is due within four weeks of registration by credit/debit card or bank transfer, and at the latest by September 15, 2016.

Attendance is limited to 30 participants.

CANCELLATION TERMS:

If cancelled within 15 days of booking, the participation fees will be refunded in full. After this period, a charge will be applied for any registration cancelled before or during the retreat to cover the costs of administration and cancelling rooms as follows:

  • Before 15 February 2016, 50% cancellation charge
  • After 15 February 2016, 100% cancellation charge

Places may be transferred to a colleague at the same institution at no extra cost.

 

 

Watch our video for an overview of SOIF retreats

Any questions?
Contact us at info@soif.org.uk
or call +44 300 302 0486

With the world becoming ever more unpredictable, it’s important there is a place that teaches strategic foresight and planning. The School of International Futures is a treasure that anybody interested in managing for the future should not miss.

Mathew J Burrows

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council

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