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UN Global Pulse led a two-year Strategic Foresight project (2020-2022) that explored the value of strategic foresight and the role it can play in the UN system transformation. We define foresight as a collaborative process that explores futures in a structured and systematic way to anticipate, prepare and impact the course of change. Our visions of the future are powerful as they guide and impact our actions today.

Through this project;

  • We endorsed the notion that the future belongs to everyone;
  • We promoted participatory and inclusive approaches and took a systems view to change, connecting collaborators and key actors across mandates;
  • We tested new methods and explored opportunities to mix foresight with data, behavioural and innovation approaches, recognising that foresight is a rapidly evolving discipline and not a one-size-fits-all definitive solution.

Discover key insights from our experimentation as well as the lessons learned, tools and collaborations around the pilot including;