The Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Awards seek to recognise and support these changemakers and their work. The NGFP awards, since 2018, have recognised 97 fellows for their creativity, passion and innovative projects that use foresight tools to counter global, regional and local challenges.
This year there are three different opportunities to apply for: the Main Award and associated Special Awards, two Walkabout Prizes and the Young Voices award in partnership with Teach the Future.
Eligible applicants over the age of 18 will be invited to join SOIF’s Sensing Network, one of the largest global networks of next-generation future-alert activists representing over 80 countries across six continents around the world. Our long-term ambition is to accelerate and amplify the work of the next generation of changemakers; to support leading thinkers using foresight as a critical tool for a better global future.
The Joseph Jaworski Main Award is open to anyone between the ages of 18-35 or with less than five years' experience as a foresight practitioner. It will support one Winner and a cohort of Special Awardees to develop both personally and professionally. Enter as a team or individual.*Find out more and apply →
What can I win?
- Winner receives a USD 10,000 prize to support their project and attendance at the SOIF Summer Retreat.
- Special Awards for applications from specific geographies and sectors. All Special awardees are invited to become Fellows and receive mentoring and support from SOIF and judges. Fellows are invited to join an annual meeting in Brussels.
- Funded Special Awards worth USD 1,000 each: East Asia, Small Island Developing States, Peacebuilding, Intergenerational Fairness, Balkans, Existential Risk, Security & Technology, and Over 65.
The Walkabout Prizes were launched in 2020 and return in 2022 to showcase the work of 18-25-year-olds specifically. There are two prizes available for individuals or small teams* who are advocating for futures thinking and change in their community. The Prizes celebrate the curiosity and sense of exploration in younger futures practitioners.Walkabout Prizes →
What can I win?
- Two winners will each receive a USD 1,000 prize to help translate new future-focused ideas into action in service to their community
- Benefit from scanning training and mentoring support
- Become an NGFP Fellow and receive mentoring and support from SOIF and judges. Fellows are invited to join an annual NGFP gathering.
The Young Voices return for a second year. The awards showcase the voices of our youth between 12-17 years of age. The Young Voices are organised by Teach the Future, whose mission is to bring futures thinking to students and educators around the world. Enter as a team or individual.*Young Voices →
What can I win?
- The first-place winner will receive a USD 1,000 prize to help realize their future-focused project and catapult their idea into action
- Three others will each receive a USD 500 prize
- Six top finalists will also be recognized for their ideas and efforts
- Become an NGFP Fellow and receive mentoring and support from SOIF and Teach the Future
- Join the global Young Voices Network by Teach the Future
What do we mean by foresight?
Foresight is a systematic way of engaging with uncertainty by exploring 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 understand better how different futures might evolve, and to generate insights for decisions made today.
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About the 2021 awards
We have had a fantastic set of applications for the 2021 Awards. The Main Award winners are a group of four inspiring young women. Three 23-year-olds have won the Walkabout prizes, and we received applications from 40 different countries with 48 awardees.
Main award: This year the Joseph Jaworski Main was awarded to Maria Razquin, Paula Jimeno, Ane Eguiazabal and Olatz Ibarretxe for their ongoing work at The Future Game helping young people discover their power to imagine alternative futures and activate impactful initiatives collectively in a playful learning experience.
Walkabout Prizes: Three Walkabout Prizes were awarded to 23-year-olds. Kushal Sohal from the UK for a pilot Futures Literacy Laboratory with young people to facilitate conversations on the futures of masculinity. From Nigeria, Fisayo Oyewale's project, the Farmers futures program (FFP), seeks to give farmers the agency over their future, co-creating solutions around emerging issues. Koen Vegter from the Netherlands aims to build a platform and train people to have the skills and tools that organisations and people incorporate foresight into their daily work.
Young Voices: For the first time, NGFP Awards, in collaboration with Teach the Future, announced the Young Voices award to showcase the voices of 12–17-year-olds. The first place winners were Alice from Finland and Ruhan from Brazil. Passionate about education, music, theatre, and debate. Their project aims to host international online debate championships for youth, focusing on solutions to contemporary global challenges.Read about all the 2021 awardees