The word “foresight” is defined as the ability to see ahead. It can be fun, however, to consider the literal definition as well, which is “before seeing.” What happens before seeing?
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Last week, at the International Development Conference for South-South Cooperation, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with my boss: former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Forbes Magazine’s 23rd most powerful woman in the world, and (to my delight) Blood on the Tracks-era Bob Dylan fan, Helen Clark. Ms. Clark is presiding over the… Read more »
So now that you’ve read my best-of-foresight reading list, aren’t you curious to see how all of this is actually being applied to the development context? Well then, look no further! As we get ever closer to #UNDP4Future on 16-17 June in Istanbul, I’ve made a list projects putting foresight at the forefront:
In preparing for the upcoming research and development event, Foresight for Development – Shaping the New Future, one of my tasks was to compile an essential reading list for the participants. This is easier said than done. There are gigabytes and terabytes of publications, books, and blogs out there. How was I to synthesize all of… Read more »
We all know we cannot predict the future. However, can we get better at making strategic choices towards the vision we have for our future? Without a clear or common vision for what this future would look like this can be quite difficult. Add a volatile, complex environment where reliable data is scarce and information… Read more »
Here at UNDP we’re in the business of this all-encompassing yet often quite vague idea of ‘resilience’. For me what it boils down to is this: How well are the state and its citizens prepared to react to emergencies? And what can be done to help reduce the risks to human lives and their communities when… Read more »
There’s no shortage of guidelines these days on how to ‘prepare for the future.’ There is Nesta and their “modest defence of futurology” and there are our Global Pulse colleagues, who look at how big data can help us better prepare for - and protect citizens from – sudden shocks. But that’s not all.
The Edgeryders community expects interesting additions! We will soon have innovators from Armenia, Egypt and Georgia joining us, and together we’ll find and highlight citizen solutions to challenges in their countries. This is a paid gig, awarded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to our Edgeryders company. We know this is good for the… Read more »
How to plan [development work] when you don’t know what is going to happen? – asked Duncan Green in a recent, must-read blog post. I cannot refrain from copying the money quote: In denying complexity [one] is obliged either to seek islands of linearity in a complex system (vaccines, bed nets), which may not always… Read more »
Predicting the future is a thankless task, especially in times of global turmoil. But the more uncertain the future, the greater the desire to foresee it. It’s human nature to want to plan the future because a plan provides a feeling of security, and most importantly, gives direction and focus to decisions and specific steps… Read more »