The world is experiencing great uncertainties about the unfolding economic crisis and its aftershocks. Many countries, industries and public services face challenging futures where the quest for opportunities is increasingly competitive. Economic discontent has combined with existing political stresses to catch many institutions – and countries – wrong-footed. Meanwhile, globalisation, migration, environmental, political and technological trends are reshaping the rules of the game. This calls for critical reflections on existing assumptions, plans and strategies for the long-term future.
Our foresight course explores ways in which decision-makers can address uncertainties. How to produce sound and forward looking results that are useful for decision-makers?
Areas covered by the course include:
- How can we proactively design and construct shared visions and success scenarios for societal groups and organisations?
- What are the threats for which we should be building resilience?
- What are the opportunities we should be taking advantage of in the future?
- Why do we need to be systematic and strategic while planning and managing foresight and horizon scanning activities?
- How do we act upon and evaluate the results of future-oriented work? How do you establish the optimal time horizon of an exercise?
The course is mostly delivered by Institute staff with contributions from external guest speakers, and provides an intensive and practice-orientated learning experience.
The course also offers core lectures on the rationales, processes and fundamentals of foresight and horizon scanning, as well as ways of managing, monitoring and evaluating such activities.
- Next date: 27th June – 1 July 2016
- Delivered by: Senior staff and invited external experts
- Teaching: Lectures, interactive group exercises, case studies, mini-projects
- Location: Manchester Business School
- Click here to download the course brochure
- Click here to read course description in the MIoIR website
For further information on fees and registration please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The CASI project (http://www.casi2020.eu/) is running a FREE Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Innovation and Smart Cities in Coventry on the 17th March.
The aim of the workshop is to foster dialogue with policy makers and other key stakeholders on the topic of wider societal engagement in sustainable innovation.
The workshop focuses on Smart Cities policies with structured discussions on key barriers and opportunities to stimulate wider societal engagement in sustainable innovation. Through discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of current policies and praxis we will look to identify areas of improvements or potential strategies that could be undertaken. The session will include a networking buffet lunch.
Click here to download the UK-CASI-Policy-Dialogue agenda.
Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
Time: 9:30 – 15:00
Venue: Sustainable Building Futures, Engineering & Computing Building, Coventry University, Gulson Road, Coventry, CV1 2JH
Organiser: Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. in collaboration with The University of Manchester.
If you are interested, please register on this link: Policy Dialogues Workshop
Duration: From 9.30am until 3pm (including lunch and coffee break).
Location: Technology Centre ASCR (Ve Struhách 1076/27, 160 00 Prague 6).
Organiser: Futures Diamond with contributions from The University of Manchester.
The main purpose of the dialogue is to:
- Facilitate dialogue with policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders (business, NGOs, interest groups and researchers) about ways to strengthen societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
- Explore strengths and weaknesses of current policies and praxis for societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
- Discuss barriers to stimulate societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
- Develop recommendations for policy-makers to be handed over to national political committees and public authorities and to be highlighted at the CASI policy conference in November 2016.
Regarding the focus of the dialogue, we have looked at how the Top 10 research and innovation agendas resulting from the mapped 500+ SI cases (we have in CASIPEDIA and available at http://www.casi2020.eu/casipedia/cases/) are relevant to:
- 22 priorities related to Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge on ‘Climate action, resource efficiency, environment and raw materials’, and
- 27 priorities resulting from a citizens-experts-citizens (CEC) process.
We would also be discussing gaps and potential bridges between these sets of priorities, as well as their relevance to the Top 10 research-priorities voted by the Czech citizens (and inspired by their visions http://www.casi2020.eu/visions-bank/).
A vision, as defined in the CASI project, is a picture or an imagination of a desirable future, which can be based upon hopes and dreams – but also upon concerns and fears in relation to problems or imagined threats, which are not desirable.
The aim of the ‘Visions Bank’ is twofold:
- To openly share the results of a highly participatory citizens engagement process resulting in 50 visions on sustainable futures, with a time span of 30-40 years from now, developed during CASI citizen panels in the following 12 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
- To activate the vision-based track of our CASI framework for the assessment and management of sustainable innovation (CASI-F) so as to allow for a systematic mapping of critical issues (barriers, drivers, opportunities and threats) associated to SI visions, and promote a more public assessment and management of possible actions linked to such issues.
In the following link you will be able to explore the original 50 visions, add your own vision into the ‘Visions bank’ and share your views about the most critical:
The foresight team of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) has successfully delivered a 3-day foresight course for the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy.
The course programme consisted of 16 sessions, including eight lectures, five practical exercises and three interactive discussions:
The eight lectures focused on:
- Foresight Fundamentals and Methods: A comprehensive review of Foresight Methods, tools and techniques (Delivered by R. Popper)
- Foresight Fundamentals and Methods: Analysis of the pros and cons of each of the tools and methodologies (Delivered by R. Popper)
- A detailed examination of top-down vs. bottom-up foresight approaches (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
- Using Interaction: Multi-Stakeholder and WI-WE Workshops – Selected case studies: VERA and iKnow projects (Delivered by R. Popper)
- Using Expertise: Expert Panels and Interviews (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
- Roadmapping Fundamentals and Applications (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
- Using the results of Foresight: From Anticipating to Recommending Futures (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
- Sustaining impact: On foresight and horizon scanning platforms (Delivered by R. Popper)
The five practical exercises focused on:
- Process and Methodology
- Design and management of participatory processes
- Design and management of expert-based processes
- Recommendations and Impact
The three interactive discussions focused on:
- Mixing technocratic and democratic approaches: How could additional tools or techniques add value to the current S&T Foresight Project approach?
- Strengths and weaknesses of various Foresight approaches with particular reference to the Science and Technology Project approach
- CNR Foresight vis-à-vis global foresight approaches: How can the S&T Foresight team improve the presentation of the results of the Foresight project? How can stakeholder engagement be improved?
For further information about the CNR Foresight Project, please contact Luisa Tondelli at email@example.com
To see the full course programme, please click here
In the context of the Interdepartmental Project of Science & Technology Foresight of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), an executive training course on Foresight has been organised in collaboration with the foresight team of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR).
- Date: 9 – 11 February 2016
- Delivered by: Rafael Popper and Guillermo Velasco
- Teaching: Lectures, interactive group exercises, case studies
- Group size: 50 (~25 attendants and ~25 participants via web streaming)
- Location: CNR Research Area Library, Bologna, Italy
To see the full course programme, please click here