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Drivers of future S&T cooperation between the EU and Korea

June 8, 2010 Comments off

In the framework of the analytical work of the KORANET project, the Austrian Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) organised jointly a workshop on co-operation policy foresight in Vienna on 7 and 8 June 2010.

During the first day of the event, European and Korean experts provided insights into existing cooperation patterns between Korea and the EU and analytical results of KORANET have been presented to a wider audience of stakeholders.

On the second day, working sessions have been organised to help identify the drivers that shape the future S&T co-operation between the EU and Korea.

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KORANET Policy Foresight Meeting

KORANET Policy Foresight Meeting

Delivering foresight course via web stream to Pakistan (Day 2)

March 2, 2010 Comments off

Short training course on foresight methodology (based on Chapter 3 of the Handbook) and how are foresight methods selected (award winning paper).

Delivering foresight course via web stream to Pakistan (Day 1)

March 1, 2010 Comments off

Training course on the use of foresight around the world: practices, outcomes and players. Short introduction to the Mapping Activities of the European Foresight Platform.

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Mapping Foresight

November 5, 2009 Comments off
Mapping Foresight
Mapping Foresight (2009)

The “Mapping Foresight” report is part of a series of publications produced by the European Foresight Monitoring Network (EFMN project, 2004-2008). The mapping activity was one of the main activities of the network. Over 2000 initiatives were mapped between 2004 and 2008 in Europe and other world regions, including Latin America, North America, Asia and Oceania. The report is the result of the first large international effort aimed at understanding the nature of foresight practices. Foresight has become more than just a tool to support policy or strategy development in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI). Foresight practice is the result of a systematic work to promote effective processes to proactively think about the future. These processes can be applied to a variety of research areas or knowledge domains, such as natural sciences, medical sciences, engineering and technology, agricultural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

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Comparing foresight ‘‘style’’ in six world regions

November 11, 2008 Comments off
Highly Commended Paper Award

2009 Awards for Excellence

Authors  – Michael Keenan and Rafael Popper

Purpose – The paper sets out to explore the nature and degree of variation in foresight ‘‘style’’ across six world regions. The underlying hypothesis is that differences in regional context – in terms of political, socio-economic, and cultural conditions – will affect foresight ‘‘style’’. At the same time, a secondary hypothesis acknowledges that policy tool transfer and international learning might soften the influence of contextual conditions.

Design/methodology/approach – Using the data collected for more than 800 foresight exercises in six world regions, the paper considers eight different dimensions of foresight ‘‘style’’, including domain coverage, time horizon, target groups, and methods used. It interprets regional differences (and similarities) with reference to dominant political and economic traditions in each region. In so doing, it tests the hypothesis that foresight ‘‘style’’ is influenced by regional context.

 
Keenan & Popper - Comparing Foresight Styles

Keenan & Popper - Comparing Foresight Styles

Findings – The analysis suggests that some foresight ‘‘style’’ dimensions vary between regions more than others. For example, there is marked variation in the domain areas covered by foresight across the world, while some regions appear to prefer particular methods over others. Time horizons also vary. For other dimensions, such as participation levels and the identity of target groups, there is a good deal of similarity. Thus, some dimensions of ‘‘style’’, at least at the aggregate level, seem to be more influenced by regional context than others.

Originality/value – The paper is unique in being the first publication to survey such a large sample of foresight activity across a wide part of the globe.

Keywords – Politics, Political science, Delphi method, Democracy, Governance, International organizations

Type – Research paper

If you wish to receive an electronic copy of this paper, please contact me at rafael.popper@manchester.ac.uk or rafael_popper@yahoo.com

The Handbook of Technology Foresight is Edward Elgar’s Book of the Month

April 5, 2008 Comments off
The Handbook of Technology Foresight

Foresight Handbook

In this comprehensive and critical Handbook, cross-cutting analytical chapters explore the emergence and positioning of foresight, common approaches and methods, organisational issues, and the scope for policy transfer and evaluation. Leading experts and practitioners contribute chapters analysing experiences in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA, Japan, China, Latin America, small European nations, Nordic countries and selected developing countries. The book concludes with consideration of the future of foresight itself.

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The Handbook of Technology Foresight was selected by Edward Elgar as the Book of the Month in April 2008. To purchase, go to: http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/Bookentry_Main.lasso?id=3977