Chapter 1: Foresight Infused Strategy: A How-To Guide for Using Foresight in Practice
Conventional strategic planning processes have become tired, formulaic and rarely produce truly innovative and futures ready strategy. This book will take you into the world of foresight infused strategy, with people at it core and collaboration as its primary process. If you sense that your strategy development processes needed to be redesigned to make them futures ready, then this book is for you.
Using foresight is a way to develop a shared view of your organisation’s preferred future to inform strategic decision-making today. It asks you to think in new ways about the future and to challenge those deeply held assumptions about how you work today and how work will happen in the future. This is a practical book, designed to help people in organisations understand how to begin to use foresight in their strategy development processes.
It covers the conceptual framework you will need to develop foresight frameworks tailored to your organisations, linking foresight and strategy, how to get started using foresight, methods available to you, how to do environmental scanning to identify change that matters (the basic building block of using foresight), and strategic thinking (helping you think in new ways about the future and how your strategy today shapes that future).
I include my foresight journey and lessons from my practice since 1999. It's a practical book, designed to help you move beyond conventional planning to to developing proactive responses to change today. If you are interested in foresight or ready to start using it in your strategy development, you will find value in this book.