What is foresight?
Thinking with foresight is expansive, open, collaborative and long term.
It pays attention to systems, change forces, interactions and patterns. It’s beyond the mainstream, strategic, cross-disciplinary and cross industry.
Why use foresight?
Using foresight helps you answer strategic questions like: what changes are coming that will undermine our current business model; who will our clients be in 10-20 years; and will our organisation be relevant in 10-20 years?
How to use foresight?
Infuse foresight in your strategy development by: monitoring change that matters continuously, building a strategic thinking capability and making time to think, and connecting the future with the present through your planning.
Using foresight in practice needs a baseline capacity of knowledge and skills to design processes that are effective for an organisation. I use the Generic Foresight Process to structure the development of this foresight capacity in organisations (Joseph Voros, A Generic Foresight Process Framework, 2003) as shown in the following diagram.