Joseph Jaworski
Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award 2019

An annual award recognising the next generation’s endeavours in shaping the future.

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Announcing the 2019 Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Awards. With a strong field of applications from no less than 35 nationalities, we want to say a huge thank you to all those who applied, as well as to our fantastic panel of judges. And now for the winners: drumroll please...

This year's Main Award winner is Prateeksha Singh. Prateeksha will receive $25,000 in funding to develop her foresight work, and will attend SOIF's flagship annual retreat for professionals SOIF2019, as well as receiving other support to help her develop her foresight practice.

Prateeksha is a multidisciplinary designer based in Canada and India. Her project aims to use her inclusive futures framework, called Lotus, to create an online interactive resource for all practitioners. In India she is exploring futures projects on water, gender inclusivity and how our individual mindsets are impacting how we, as a collective, engage with our futures. She is interested in creating work that engages with broader cross sections of our society, which chimes well with SOIF’s own emphasis on participation in foresight work.

This year, we also awarded sixteen special awards in total to applicants in particular sectors or geographies. Our awardees, spanning seven continents, will be supported through the NGFP sensing network, mentoring with international foresight thinkers and practitioners, meet-ups, and training webinars. Many congratulations to the NGFP2019 Main award winner and all our special awardees.

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2019 Winners

SOIF are very excited to announce the winners of the Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award.

We received a strong field of applications from 37 different nationalities. A big thank you to all of you who applied as well as to our fantastic panel of judges.

The applications were so fantastic we have not only awarded a main winner but 16 Special Awardees.

We would like to thank all of you who took the time to apply, we were honoured and inspired by the quality and diversity of your applications and proposals.

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For information on our 2018 winners click here.




Foresight and the 2019 Awards

Who we want to support

The world is changing and as it does we need new sources of inspiration and innovation. Change will come from many arenas and peoples. It will come from a new generation, millennials, with new aspirations and values. But equally from new geographies, with a growing foresight practice in Africa and Asia. As well as second and third career practitioners entering the field from other domains, with fresh ideas and approaches from across civil society, business and creative industries.

The Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award aims to identify these innovators and support them in their endeavours.

How we want to support

The Award will provide one winner with $25k funding to develop a new foresight initiative, and support Special Awardees to develop both personally and professionally. With our long term aim to create a global sensing-network of future-alert activists. It will provide a platform to showcase innovative practice from around the world.

Foresight is a systematic way of engaging with uncertainty, through the exploration of alternative futures, including aspirational ones. As a discipline it has the potential to shape the future. It is not about predicting the future, but understanding your current and future operating environment. Insights gained from foresight equip communities and organisations to recognise and respond to emerging threats and opportunities by developing enhanced competitiveness, resilience and agility.

A foresight practitioner is anyone who takes a futures approach to their work to explore and understand the impacts of longer-term factors and drivers of change on the future, to better understand how different futures might evolve, and to generate insights for decisions made today.
Next-generation Foresight

What we are looking for

Examples of innovative Strategic Foresight practice we hope to hear about include:

Community Futures

Community Futures.
Next generation approaches to driving participation and empowering communities

Sustainable Futures

Sustainable Futures.
New approaches to sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Innovative Methods

Innovative Methods.
From digital to design thinking, from ethnography to performance.

Foresgiht with Impact

Foresight with Impact.
Changing the conversation and direction using futures and foresight.


Joseph Jaworski

Joseph Jaworski headshot

We have chosen to name the award in recognition of Joseph Jaworski, a seminal futurist and author of Synchronicity. Joseph has championed the need for foresight to be united with profound leadership in order to achieve social transformation. He inspires us across generations, being a vocal advocate for 50 years on the kind of service-leadership that is necessary for 21st century. As one of the architects of Theory U, he reminds us to put the heart and values at the centre of foresight activity.

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Community Futures

Interested in applying?

If you have any questions, want to check on eligibility or would like to ask any questions then we'd love to hear from you.

Interested in applying
Community Futures

Join the Sensing Network

If you'd like to get involved but you're not planning to apply then find out more about joining the Sensing Network that is being established as part of the award. The network will bring together a select group of next generation practitioners to sense and explore the future. More information to follow.

Community Futures

Interested in supporting

We're looking for collaborators and sponsors for the award. If you'd like to find out more get in touch to request more information or alternatively please send us your details here

Community Futures


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