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.Find out more
“As Joseph Jaworski once said, "the future is not fixed, so it can be shaped". That's why Foresight is so relevant in this our admirable world of uncertainty and complexity. Its potential to explore alternative futures give us an extra motive to aspire a better world, designing wiser decisions and improving strategies, leadership and collaboration leaving no one behind.”Fátima Azevedo -General Secretariat of the Ministry of the Environment, Portugal
“[This award] engages head-on with the cliche'd tautological notion that "youth are the future"; it practically encourages and recognises young people's ideas and agency in foresight and development.”Geci Karuri-Sebina - Southern African Node of the Millennium Project
“The NGFP award is a great opportunity to further your foresight initiatives and contribute to design and build better futures in your communities”Monica Mendez – Strategic thinker specialist in Mexican public sector
"People coming together to discuss their futures in an informed and deliberative way is a profound act of political empowerment. One that is increasingly critical to humanity creating a positive common future over this century: one that is sustainable, secure, just, with no-one left behind, as described in the 2030 global goals. We established this award because we want to recognise and support the excellent work shaping the future that is already being done by young foresight practitioners and activists globally, and collaborate in its transformational potential."Cat Tully - School of International Futures
"Thinking futures requires creative, open-minded spirits. The NGFP award is a great opportunity for young foresight practitioners to put their creativity in the spotlights."Tom Burin
"NGFP provides a valuable pathway for more diverse foresight practitioners to get their work recognised, and this is so much needed in our field as we strive for greater inclusion"Aarathi Krishnan - Global Futures and Foresight Coordinator for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
"In a world of constant change, we are now facing too many challenges that need new and creative ways to think about the future. The NGFP award is a great opportunity to promote, among new generations, to think differently, to think creatively not only thinking about the long-term but to consider futures possibilities."Guillermina Benavides - Professor and Director of the master’s degree of Strategic Foresight at the School of Government and Public Transformation at Tecnológico de Monterrey
"The world is undergoing a period of unprecedented change, as we develop fair and sustainable societies, or try to mitigate the consequences of failure. The Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Award plays a vital role in developing the leadership necessary for us to succeed."Richard Sandford - Professor of Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy at UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Heritage
"Youth thrives on the moment: fun fun fun. The fun will become less if we don't help them investing in the future and off course do it ourselves. Why else do we invest in the future, but to increase the fun of the moment, in the future."Jan Bezuidenhout - Senior Manager EY Advisory
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.Find out more
For information on our 2018 winners click here.
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.
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.
Examples of innovative Strategic Foresight practice we hope to hear about include:
Next generation approaches to driving participation and empowering communities
New approaches to sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals.
From digital to design thinking, from ethnography to performance.
Foresight with Impact.
Changing the conversation and direction using futures and foresight.
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.
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
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.
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
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