Join us for SOIF2019

The School of International Futures flagship retreat will take place in the UK from 5-9 August 2019.

Each retreat teaches the science and art of Strategic foresight, the skills you need to understand change and disruption and how to create future-ready organisations in an uncertain and increasingly volatile world.

The application process will officially open in November 2019. For more information please contact us at

Curious what to expect? Read this blog on our 2017 retreat.

Our retreats provide a unique combination of executive education, insight, and understanding of how to use foresight with impact. By attending you will learn how to take a systematic and imaginative approach to the future, to identify emerging opportunities and threats, build resilience, and critically to connect future insights back to policy and decision-making today.

  • Learn the science of strategic foresight, tools and methods that can be used to make a real difference in your organisation. SOIF’s four stage process for foresight with impact and tools such as horizon scanning, scenario analysis, wind-tunnelling and visioning
  • Appreciate the art of strategic foresight through panel discussions and debates with expert practitioners and leaders who have successfully used foresight to influence decision-making
  • Develop confidence and practical experience in the craft: by working through a “live” policy challenge set by a real policy client during guided practical sessions

You will leave a confident commissioner and intelligent user of futures techniques, with practical ideas for implementing foresight in your organisation.

Who should attend?

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 SOIF2019 provides. If you have already taken part in strategic foresight exercises or are new to the field, you will learn the skills and techniques needed to create change in your organisation and to communicate the impact of your foresight work.

Participants 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; The African Public Policy and Research Institute; United Nations; UK Ministry of Defence.

SOIF is international – Our retreats draw attendees from all six continents, and we typically have over 18 nationalities at each retreat.

SOIF builds a community — Whether you are a foresight practitioner, user or commissioner, we help you build connections with people working to solve the same kinds of problems you are facing.

Discussion is conducted under the Chatham House Rule to provide you with the space to reflect, exchange insights and build lasting relationships.


Attendance is limited to 24 participants. The application process will open in November 2019.

Register your interest by emailing

As a social impact program, I would recommend it to any foresight practitioner and anybody who is concerned about the future. It is made up of exciting speakers and a great team behind the program, who are very helpful, supportive, and the live challenge is the icing on the cake.

Kaduna Electric

Since my participation in the Mont Fleur scenarios more than 20 years ago I rarely witnessed a more impressive learning experience.

Scenario Planning Consutant

Very professional. Well designed and organised. High quality of faculty.

Scenario Planning Team Shell Global

Excellent teaching modules, tools and activities

Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology

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