Our approach

Our values

Our foresight work focuses on the transmission of insights about the future into decisions in the present and institutionalising foresight and building capacity. We design for impact, complexity and participation.

We take a practical and imaginative approach to the future, to build capability and help you realise benefits today.


The world is much more uncertain and volatile than it has ever been before…You have a totally different world order and we struggle with that enormously

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever Quote from the Thinking The Unthinkable report by Nik Gowing & Chris Langdon

Foresight with impact

Foresight is not about predicting the future, but understanding your current and future operating environment. Insights gained from foresight equip organisations to recognise and respond to emerging threats and opportunities by developing enhanced competitiveness, resilience and agility.

For foresight to have impact, it needs to be conceived from the outset with the decision-maker, policy-maker, or other client of the work in mind. SOIF’s practical four-stage approach – Scoping, Ordering uncertainty, Implications and Integrating Futures – and learning journey helps us design and teach foresight that can be used to impact decision-making today.

Our approach is supported by our seven principles and the SOIF toolkit.

Where can foresight help?

  • Risk assessment and management
  • Strategy development
  • Organisational purpose
  • Innovation
  • Sector vision and engagement
  • Leadership

Our seven principles

  1. The future is a collective endeavour and diversity is the key to resilience & empowerment
  2. Success requires a focus on the decision and decision-maker – but wide participation is essential for transformation
  3. Foresight is an art, science and craft
  4. Design foresight as a four-stage journey – the process is more important than the tools
  5. Understand context first, then choose best tools/methods for impact
  6. Mobilise left-brain and right-brain approaches in our personal & organisational journey
  7. Build and grow your community of interest and advocacy

…The purpose of looking at the future is to disturb the present…

Gaston Berger

Our Specialties

  • Experts in foresight and strategy SOIF sits at the place where theory and practice meet. We combine experience in government, business and pedagogy, with knowledge applying foresight to policy-making and strategy.
  • Decision-centric By putting the decision and decision-maker at the heart of the process we help you become a better user and commissioners of foresight
  • Multi-stakeholder SOIF works with governments, businesses, industry bodies, NGOs, civil society groups and universities…often together, to unlock insights and commitments
  • International perspective SOIF has a unique international perspective and network. We have worked with more than 50 countries with experience in developing countries, the UN system and international governments.
  • Promoting the global goals We are actively contributing to create a world where all countries can harness the power of participative conversations about the future to achieve the Global Goals

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