Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Awards 2018.

Awards Winners

We are delighted to announce the Winners of the 2018 Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Awards! We received a strong field of applications from 37 different nationalities, from Azerbaijan to Zambia. A big thank you to all of you who applied as well as to our fantastic panel of judges.

Our winner: Pupul Bisht will receive $25k in funding to develop a new foresight initiative as well as mentoring and support, and free attendance at SOIF’s Summer foresight retreat, SOIF2018.

Our runner up: Oluwabunmi Ajilore also receives free attendance at SOIF2018, and along with our 12 Special Awardees, will be supported to develop both personally and professionally.

The long term aim is to create a global sensing-network of future-alert activists and to showcase innovative practice from around the world.

The Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award was developed by School of International Futures with the support of Omidyar Network, Joseph Jaworski and Generon International.

We are incredibly grateful to the Omidyar Network who supported and co-funded the 2018 awards and our efforts to support the next generation of futurists.

Our 2018 Winners:

Pupul Bisht

Pupul Bisht

Winner: Main Award

Focus: Decolonizing Futures: Exploring Storytelling as a Tool for Inclusion in Foresight

A novel, non-Western approach to foresight inspired by folk-storytelling tradition, Kaavad, from Rajasthan, India, this tool is the first and only Foresight method directly derived from a non-western practice/tradition. Pupul will be broadening the approach to non-native speakers through translation of her approach, and workshops with multilingual communities.
Bunmi Ajilore

Oluwabunmi (Bunmi) Ajilore

Runner up: Main Award and Winner: Africa Special Award

Focus: A participatory prospective analysis for impact and sustainability in Africa.

Development of a futures lab to bring participatory foresight approaches to young professionals across Africa and suppor them to shape their future.

Special Awardees

Maggie Greyson

Maggie Greyson

North America

Focus: A personal experiential futures technique – Making the futures present with inspiration from theatre and design to drive creativity and challenge assumptions.

Cathy Madge

Cathy Madge


Focus: Futures Literacy – A collaboration to enable 15-17 year olds to reach their potential. Designing innovative processes for schools to shift how futures work and careers advice works in Wales and internationally.

Emily Empel

Emily Empel


Focus: Having pioneered the Future According to Women at MISC Magazie, Emily seeks to understand representations of female genitalia in popular culture to speculate on the future of those who identify as women – from iconography to new aspirations.

Aline Roldan

Aline Roldan

South America

Focus: a 7-year effort to understand what a community-led foresight means in practice and in theory; what does it mean to build the individual and organizational capacity to think systematically about and imagine the future in the context of marginalized communities.

Daniel Olarte

Daniel Olarte


Focus: Building on experience driving a collaborative, human-centered approach to tackling future-shock in American healthcare, Daniel aims to explore how Colombians feel about a peaceful future... to explore future memorials and devleop a collective memory toolkit.

Juystna Krol

Justyna Król


Focus: Foresight for Cities. Working with cities to help them support their citizens and better prepare for cities – through participation and novel methods including future tables, future maps, games and prototyping. Justyna aims to develop a blueprint for cities to use foresight with impact.

Erica Bol

Erica Bol

Education (Joint Award)

Focus: Pilot in Netherlands to embed futures work into Primary and Secondary schools alongside teacher in training programmes. Erica is capturing and sharing best practice approaches and tools. Helping students become the entrepreneur's of their own future

Ozge Aydogan

Özge Aydogan

International Policy

Focus: Founder of the Young UN Policy Lab on Frontier Issues. A crowd-sourcing platform to identify emerging issues that will impact future societies. Ozge seeks to expand the labs ideas in providing and generating out the box solutions for Agenda 2030. A future UN that is fit for the future.

Daniel Olarte

Aileen Moeck

Education (Joint Award)

Focus: Future-maker: Bringing futures to schools to help kids to deal with complexity, uncertainty and accelleration and to become an entrepreneur of their own future – to build visions and shape their future. Aileen seeks to scale and bring their work across Germany.

Elliot Brennan

Elliot Brennan


Focus: Communication, communication, communication. Elliot aims to further develop a platform for communication in foresight, early warning and conflict analysis – to create a space for sharing, debate on trends, theory and practice in the "Slow Thinking Resource Centre".

Daniel Olarte

Juan Manuel Avalos

National/Local Policy

Focus: Working towards a center for prospective and strategic thinking in Latin America, that can support the region to understand take advantage of disruptive technologies and the fourth industrial revolution.

Juystna Krol

Veerappan Swaminathan


Focus: Building on his expereince's building makerspaces and a Sustainable Living Lab in Singapore. Veerappan aims to spread awareness and use of futures tools by the public. A combination of futures-based communities and creation of a toolkit to help people imagine and design their own futures.

All our winners are doing amazing work and we will be helping them to realise their projects through mentoring and support. If you'd like to help out, or find out more about one of the projects or the award please contact us at

And if you'd like to get involved with the Sensing Network that we are starting up as part of the award then we'd love to hear from you

Congratulations again to all our winners!

Our 2018 Judges

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