Joseph Jaworski
Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award

An annual award inaguarated in 2018 to recognise the next generation’s endeavours in shaping the future

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2018 Winners

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

We received over 75 applications from over 40 different nationalities, from Azerbaijan to Zambia.

The applications were so fantastic we have not only awarded a main winner but have a runner-up and 12 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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2018 Awards
Main Award:Pupul Bisht
Runner-Up and Africa Special Award:Oluwabunmi Ajilore
North America Special Award:Maggie Greyson
Europe Special Award:Cathy Madge
Development Special Award:Emily Empel
South America Special Award:Aline Roldan
Humanitarian Special Award:Daniel Olarte
Community Special Award:Justyna Król
Joint Education Special Award:Erica Bol
International Policy Special Award:Özge Aydogan
Joint Education Special Award:Aileen Moeck
Oceania Special Award:Elliot Brennan
National/Local Policy Special Award:Juan Manuel Avalos
Asia Special Award:Veerappan Swaminathan



Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award logo
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.
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.



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.

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.


Apply online

Application:Apply online from 21 May to 01 July 2018
Selection:Entries will be screened and assessed by an International judging panel
Award:Winners will be announced on 16 July 2018


  1. Share a case-study about the impact and innovation of a futures initiative you have championed or led
  2. Submit a 2-3 minute video to tell us what you plan to do with the incubator funding of USD 25,000*
  3. Take part in the sensing challenge and share your views on the key issues that they think will shape the future of your community
The Award is being assessed 65% on the past project case study and 35% on the future project video.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying individuals must:

  • Be between 18 and 35 years old at the time of entry or have fewer than ten years’ experience working in strategic foresight.
  • Be actively studying or working to develop innovative foresight practice.
  • Be commited to foresight with impact, purpose and with people at the heart of the future
  • Be actively studying or working to develop innovative foresight practice”
  • Become ambassadors within their own communities
For more information read the terms and conditions

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Applications are now closed


Main Award

The Winner will receive:

  • A years’ incubator funding worth USD 25,000
  • Free attendance at SOIF’s Summer foresight retreat (SOIF2018) 6th-10th August 2018 – learn foresight with impact with an international group of policymakers, futurists and expert strategists
  • Quarterly mentoring sessions from SOIF and partners
  • Support to develop your project – as well as access to partnering and networking opportunities through SOIF’s network

Special Awards

A number of special awards will be made to recognise innovative practice (details to be confirmed soon):

Geographic awards: One award to for each of Africa, Asia, Europe, N. America, S. America and Oceania

Sectoral awards. We are seeking support to offer awards to:

  • Innovators working in the field in communities and the humanitarian sector
  • Policy makers in local, national or international roles
  • Academics, students and educators
  • Entrepreneurs

Special Awardees will benefit from partnering and networking opportunities through SOIF’s network and will be invited to take part in a series of initiatives aimed at sharing best practice amongst futurists and foresight practitioners

All qualifying entrants will

  • Be invited to join a new global “Sensing Network”
  • Benefit from opportunities to showcase their work online and in print

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.



We would like to thank our fabulous and supportive panel of judges, listed below.

The judges are a diverse group of foresight experts, activists, users, innovators and commissioners from around the world. They are colleagues who have been invited to judge applications due to their deep commitment to the values of the Award... AND their sense of adventure in supporting this pilot endeavour! We look forward to inviting them - and others - back for next year's Award.

2018 judges
  • Anita Sykes-Kelleher Co-Founder, The Centre for Australian Foresight
  • Banning Garrett Faculty, Singularity University
  • Beris Gwynne Founder and Director, Incitaire
  • Cat Tully Director & Founder, School of International Futures
  • Daniel Dobos Co-president of the gluoNNet association
  • Danièle Rechard Head of Global Trends Unit, European Parliamentary Research Service
  • Darcy Winslow President, Academy for Systems Change
  • David Snowden Founder and chief scientific officer, Cognitive Edge
  • Fátima Azevedo Head of Division of Foresight & Planning Services,General Secretariat of the Ministry of the Environment, Portugal
  • Gautam Goswami Director, Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), India
  • Geci Karuri-Sebina Director, Southern African Node of the Millennium Project
  • Indy Johar Architect, co-founder of and Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation
  • Jane Davidson Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • John Sweeney COO & Chief Futurist - ETCH
  • Marius Oosthuizen Member of faculty, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Mathew Burrows Director, Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative, Atlantic Council, Washington DC
  • Monica Mendez Strategic thinker specialist in Mexican public sector
  • Prabhat RanjanVice Chancellor of D Y Patil International University
  • Peter BishopExecutive Director, Teach the Future
  • Puruesh ChaudharyFounder and President AGAHI, Founder Foresight Lab
  • Rahul Chandran Executive Director, Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation
  • Ricardo Borges de Castro Adviser on Strategic Foresight, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
  • Riel Miller Head of Futures Literacy, UNESCO
  • Roger Dennis Serendipity Architect
  • Rosemarie Forsythe Former Director, International Strategy, Exxon Mobil Corporation; former Director, Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs, US National Security Council
  • Serge Kapto Policy Specialist, Data for Development, UNDP
  • Sergio Bitar Senior Fellow Inter American Dialogue; President Consejo Chileno de Prospectiva y Estrategia
  • Sohail Inayatullah UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies
  • Sultan Khair Partner, Al-Bayan Investments Firm
  • Tulika Raj Omidyar Network
  • Vinay Gupta Founder Hexayurt Capital and Mattereum

Get In Touch

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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