Creating shared foresight infrastructure

Grant-making practices
Emerging opportunity

Aims and activities

Aims and questions

We think civil society needs to get better at creating and using strategic foresight.

We're trying to help funders avoid commissioning individual pieces of strategic foresight work and to explore ways of creating a foresight commons or shared foresight infrastructure across foundations.

If funders collaborated on the creation and commissioning of it as a shared resource - and shared more widely with civil society - then it can create a foresight commons. This should help foundations to fund more wisely, more strategically and with more relevance. We are asking how this work can be done so that it creates real value.

How to get involved

We are looking for other funders to join this collaboration and invest in it as shared infrastructure. If you are interested in working together on this, please contact Rachel Coldicutt and share:

Your organisation
Your funding priorities
Any comments or ideas on these aims

Who's involved

The National Lottery Community Fund, City Bridge Trust and several others who have attended workshops so far.

Learning and Resources

Initial brief for the scoping work of the Foresight Observatory

Summary of the initiative

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