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What is strategic foresight?
Strategic foresight is a discipline that empowers individuals and organizations with improved preparedness for the different futures they may experience in the near and distant future.
This discipline enables practitioners to identify the driving forces of change and disruption that will influence future events in a way that systematically reveals the possible, plausible, and probable futures that lie ahead but with the ultimate goal of selecting one preferred future to pursue strategically. The graph below illustrates the different futures that strategic foresight professionals attempt to explore.
The Quantumrun Foresight approach
Our international team of analysts monitors and reviews media and research reports from a wide range of fields and industries. We regularly interview and survey our large network of subject matter experts to gather on-the-ground observations from their particular fields. After integrating and assessing these insights inside the Quantumrun Foresight Platform, we then make informed forecasts about future trends and scenarios that are both comprehensive and multidisciplinary.
The result of our research assists organizations in the development of new or improved products, services, and business models, as well as assisting organizations to decide what investments to make or not make in the near to distant future.
To illustrate our approach, the following eight-step process is the default methodology that the Quantumrun Foresight team applies to any foresight project:
|Framing||Scoping the project: Purpose, objectives, stakeholders, timelines, budget, deliverables; assessing current state vs preferred future state||Project plan||Quantumrun + client|
|Scanning||Collecting information: Assess data collection strategy, isolate data collection mediums and sources, then collect relevant historical, contextual, and predictive data that applies directly and indirectly to the foresight project. This stage is facilitated by the Quantumrun Foresight Platform.||Information||Quantumrun|
|Trend Synthesis||Apply qualitative and quantitative techniques to remove industry/sector, profession, or topic silos in order to isolate patterns, trends, and hidden relationships that lie at the present or future cross-section of the different collected datasets. This stage is facilitated by the Quantumrun Foresight Platform.||Clustered information||Quantumrun|
|Constraints||Understand the constraints all future scenarios must operate in, such as: budgets, timelines, legislation, environment, culture, stakeholders, human resources, organization, geopolitics, etc. This stage is facilitated by the Quantumrun Foresight Platform.||Scenario refinement||Quantumrun|
|Forecasting||What are the possible, plausible, probable, and preferable future scenarios, and what are their individual drivers and uncertainties, implications, and outcomes. Depending on the project's scale, this step may involve external support from focus groups and subject matter experts coordinated over the Quantumrun Foresight Platform.||Baseline and alternative futures (scenarios)||Quantumrun|
|Visioning||Choosing a preferred future: Envisioning the best outcomes, goal-setting, performance measures. These outcomes are often influenced by the results visualized on the Quantumrun Foresight Platform.||Preferred future (goals)||Quantumrun + client|
|Planning||Organizing the resources needed to execute on the selected preferred future.||Strategic plan (strategies)||Quantumrun + client|
|Acting||Implementing the plan: Developing action agendas, institutionalizing strategic thinking and intelligence systems, assigning projects and deliverables, communicating the results, etc.||Action plan (initiatives)||Action plan (initiatives)|
The benefits of strategic foresight for organizations
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