We are delighted to announce the winners and awardees for 2020, our NGFP fellows.
The Next Generation Foresight Practitioners awards (NGFP) seek to identify, support and showcase global, innovative practice in Strategic Foresight. They foster connections and collaborations between pockets of innovative practice and to build links across a new generation of foresight practitioners.
Please join us in congratulating the fellows and all the applicants this year. We have had a fantastic set of applications this year, and this year’s Awardees are such an inspiring group. The Main Award winner is an under 25 year old. A 21 year old Zimbabwean has won one of the Walkabout prizes and 14 different nationalities are represented across the 20 winners.
This year the Joseph Jaworski Main Award was awarded to Raya Bidshahri, an Iranian living and working in the UAE, for her project which aims to create alternative pathways for schooling and help people tackle and prepare for future challenges. We also awarded 17 Special Awards to outstanding applications from different sectors or geographies.
The Main Award recognises one individual or team that our 50 judges (see below) identified as being at the forefront of innovation and shaping the future. The winner receives USD 15,000 to support their project, a free place on the SOIF retreat, and is supported by quarterly mentoring and professional support.
Each of the other Special Awardees is recognised as an NGFP Fellow for their work in a particular sector or geography. This year we awarded seventeen special awards to individual or team applications from different sectors or geographies. We are delighted to support the Africa and Asia Fellows with USD 5,000 in funding. All our Fellows will be supported through the peer-to-peer NGFP Sensing Network, mentoring from international foresight thinkers, training webinars and meet-ups.
The Walkabout prizes were won by Finn Strivens from the UK for his work using participatory methods to help young people and non-scientists to engage with science, and Namatai Kwekweza from Zimbabwe, for her work to to drive youth friendly constitutional and governance reforms in Zimbabwe and disrupt ageist normative frameworks
The Walkabout prizes are a new initiative for NGFP2020, designed for 18-25 year olds. Winners are recognised for their work advocating for futures thinking and change in their communities. Each of the other NGFP Fellows receives a Special Award for their work in a particular sector or geography. This year we awarded seventeen special awards to outstanding individual or team applications from different sectors or geographies, and we are delighted to be able to support the Africa and Asia Fellows with USD 5,000 in funding.
Finally we wanted to say a big thank you to our 2020 judges, and to Omidyar Network who have supported the awards for the last two years. Without their help it would not be possible to make the awards a reality
If you'd like to get in touch, find out more about collaborating with the Sensing Network, and explore how to support the Awards in 2021, then please contact us
This year’s main award winner is Raya Bidshahri from Iran, living and working in the UAE. Raya is an entrepreneur, author, futurist and keynote speaker. Her winning project aims to create alternative pathways for schooling and help people tackle and prepare for future challenges. Support first full-time education module focused on transcendence and informed by foresight. Build future fluencies for those in the Middle East. Raya will receive USD 15,000 in funding to develop her foresight work, and will attend SOIF’s flagship annual foresight retreat, as well as receiving other support to help her develop her foresight practice.
Finn is a multidisciplinary designer and futurist. He is a recent graduate of Global Innovation Design at the UK’s Imperial College and the Royal College of Art. Finn’s winning project focuses on the use of participatory foresight methods to help young people and non-scientists influence their future and influence scientific research including climate science.
Namatai is a youth, peace, democracy and human rights activist. Namatai’s winning project aims to drive youth friendly constitutional and governance reforms in Zimbabwe and disrupt ageist normative frameworks, in the process helping African youth to shape their future and fulfil their generational mandate.
South America Special Award, Argentina 2020
For their work to connect and empower foresight practitioners across Latin America with a focus on community, public sector and diffusion of practice.
North America Special Award, United States 2020
For their aim to democratize and scale futures thinking by leveraging social media theater to inspire widespread civic engagement with a focus on climate, data-driven technologies and systemic inequality.
Oceania Special Award, Australia 2020
For their participatory approach to encourage futures literacy, which enables the co-creation and sharing of preferred futures through the Museum of Futures, an interactive physical and online exhibition series.
Government Policy Special Award, Greece 2020
For their work and ambition to establish Epoch Labs and its network as a dedicated strategic foresight institute and resource for the Mediterranean.
Team Special Award, Mexico 2020
For their project will build on their work in MMexico City to explore post-pandemic futures with excluded communities and give them agency over their futures.
Environment Special Award, Singapore 2020
For her project to tackle the unsustainable use of sand for land reclamation in Singapore, and its environmental impact beyond the country.
Development Special Award, India 2020
For her work to transform the Future Tense Community in India into a Collective experimenting with applied, indigenous, culturally contextual and inclusive futures.
Corporate Special Award, South Africa 2020
For his project which will help companies in South Africa address systemic issues using foresight, shifting corporate culture and creating better futures.
International Policy Special Award, United States 2020
For his work on academic freedom and ambition to use foresight to protect our freedom of thought from nefarious actors.
Humanitarian Special Award, Russia 2020
For their work combining agency, motivation challenges, foresight through art perspectives and creative challenges and ambition to scale their work.
Education Special Award, United Kingdom 2020
For his ambition to expand the impact of his work taking futures literacy and his participatory futures methods to a broader group of change-makers in the global student community.
Europe Special Award, Finland 2020
For his ambition to promote and scale futures literacy and futures education by developing a series of picture books for children and educators, building on the narratives and stories co-created with children through his Tulevaisuuskoulu (Futures School) initiative
Asia Special Awardee, India 2020
For their research on capacity building for on-ground humanitarian workers and communities to solve their own problems through the creation of a Humanitarian Futures Lab.
Community Special Award, Canada 2020
For her project which aims to develop an online course that draws on the concept of ancestral accountability to catalyze Canadian foresight practitioners to become champions of reconciliation.
Cities Special Award, Canada 2020
For the collaborative project Menged Le Sew, which tackles threats of rising air pollution, public health decline and unsafe streets through urban futures and sustainable urban design and transport planning in Ethiopia.
Africa Special Awardee, Nigeria 2020
Her project proposes to establish an emergency health foresight platform and movement to co-develop and implement a Marshall Plan for urban health in Africa and to co-design, test and evaluate interventions in cities in Africa.
Entrepreneur Special Award, India 2020
For her "Futures from the Periphery" approach that uncovers the rituals, inherited knowledge and lived experiences of people in cities through intimate stories, as a means to challenge mono-cultural imaginations of the future.
Humanitarian Futures and Strategic Foresight Advisor
Saferworld’s Somalia/Somaliland Director
Professor, Culture, Communications & Technology Program, Georgetown University
Senior Public Management Specialist (Digital Transformation), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Deputy Managing Director, Society for International Development
Congressional Nuclear Security Fellow.
Founder + Director, We Create Futures
Policy and Strategy Analyst & Head: Strategic Foresight, Western Cape Government, South Africa
Head of Global Trends Unit, European Parliamentary Research Service
President / Co-Founder, Academy for Systems Change
Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge
Strategic Communications and Systems Thinking Specialist
Advisor, Office for Economic Policy and International Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Director, Southern African Node of the Millennium Project
Senior Scientist, Digital Government Transformation, European commission
Team Leader, Knowledge and Innovation at United Nations Development Programme
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en The University of Texas at Arlington
Senior Manager at EY Advisory
Senior Strategic Analyst, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Assistant Prof. Narxoz University, Director QRIFS
MPhil In Futures Studies (Cum Laude) from Stellenbosch University, an active member of the Association of Professional Futurists [APF]
Researcher and consultant in International Development, Research Associate at the Oxford Department of International Development
Co-chair; Africa Regional Mechanism of Major Groups and other Stakeholders (ARMMGoS)
Principle Researcher, NESTA
Programme Coordinator, The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science
Director, Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative, Atlantic Council, Washington DC
CEO and Founder, FFWD - Futures Intelligence & Strategic Foresight
Strategic thinker specialist in Mexican public sector
Executive Director in Petroleum Development Oman
Director of Research, SOIF
Head of Research and Development, Centre for Public Service Innovation
Vice Chancellor of D Y Patil International University, Pune, India
Head of Experimentation, UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Innovation Centre
Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP), O.P. Jindal Global University
Founder and President AGAHI, Founder Foresight Lab
Former Adviser on Strategic Foresight to the European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
Professor of Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy at UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Heritage
Fellow at SAMI Consulting
Head of Futures Literacy, UNESCO
Founder of Techistential, Foresight Strategy & Futures Intelligence, San Francisco
Inaugural UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies. Tamkang University. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Partner, Al-Bayan Investments Firm
Research associate at University of Stellenbosch’s Centre for Complex System in Transition, fellow at the European School of Governance, director of the South African Node of the Millennium Project
Security and Threat Intelligence Manager, Solvay
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