Joseph Jaworski
Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award

Are you an innovator in foresight, working to shape or disrupt the future?

Established in 2018, this annual award aims to recognise emerging ‘waves’ of foresight work internationally, from civil society, government, business and creative industries. It is these new approaches to the future that will help us to create change by doing different things today.

It recognises your efforts to shape the future and improve lives. It also showcases stories of change in communities internationally. Change that may come from a new generation with new aspirations and values; from new geographies, with a growing foresight practice in Africa and Asia as well as other regions; and from second- or third-career practitioners entering the field from other domains, bringing fresh ideas and approaches.

What is the Main Award

The Main Award will recognise one individual or team that our judges feel is at the forefront of innovation and shaping the future of their community or field. THe winner will receive USD 15,000 to support their project. They will be invited to attend the SOIF Summer retreat at zero cost, and will receive quarterly mentoring and support from SOIF to help them to develop personally and professionally.

We will also offer a set of Special Awards to innovators in each continent and across key sectors including policy-makers, academia, entrepreneurs, humanitarian and development, education, environment, cities and communities. Our special awardees will join the NGFP Fellows and receive partnering opportunities and support from SOIF and our judges. All the fellows will be brought together to join a face-to-face gathering later in the year. Over the past two years, this has been held at ESPAS in Brussels. We are also seeking funding to support our special awardees financially – more to follow.

Eligible applicants will be invited to join a global sensing-network of future-alert activists. Our long-term aim is to provide a platform to showcase and support innovative practice from around the world.

Who can enter

The Main Award is open to anyone aged between 18 and 35 or with less than 10 years’ experience as a foresight practitioner. Applications are welcome from anyone who considers themeselves a foresight practitioner – and is taking a futures approach to their work to explore and understand the impacts of longer-term factors and drivers of change, to better understand how different futures might evolve, and to generate insights for decisions made today.

You should be actively studying or working to develop innovative practice. You should be committed to putting people at the heart of the future, with a focus on impact and purpose.

The application process

Start by registering your account

To get started visit the application site and register your account. We'll ask for basic information from you at this stage and a few questions to confirm your eligibility. If you're under 25 and thinking of registering for the Walkabout prizes, you only need to register once for both awards.

Step 1 – Profile

Complete your profile which asks for some basic contact information, contact details, a biography and for you to provide a referee. You can come back to complete this step at any time but you'll need to complete this to submit.

You will be asked to create a 30-60 second vox pop on why thinking about the future is important.

Step 2 – Team members

If you'd like to enter the Award as a team you'll need to complete this section to be able to create and set up your team. You'll need to enter contact and eligibility information for your team members. Once they're added you can start adding them to your team.

Step 3 – Sensing Challenge

Complete the sensing challenge. This can be completed at any time and is not assessed as part of your application. However, you will need to complete this before you submit your application. It asks you to share some perspectives on the future of your community. We anticpate this may take up to 10 minutes to complete.

Step 4 – Your application

This is the only part of your application that is assessed by our judges and there are three parts to the process.

1. Case study You will be asked to submit a 1000 to 2000 word case-study on a foresight initiative that you have championed or led. We are looking to understand the purpose and objective, the challenge of opportunity that it was trying to address, what was innovative about the approach used, how communities were involved and the impact of the work. We also want to know a little but about what you did to support the project. Please note: you don’t need to have led the project but you need to have played an active role in the project and let us know a bit about what you did.

2. Video proposal You will be asked to create and upload a 2-4 minute video outlining what you would do with the Main Award funding if you were to win. We're looking for why you think your project is important, what it is and how the award would help you acheive your aims. We also want to understand the contribution you would make to the field of foresight, how the award would help you to develop personally and professionally, and how you will become a foresight amabassador in your community, organisation or country?

Remember to submit

Please don't forget to submit your application. You have until 23:59 GMT+1 on 14 June to enter.

A final note.

If you are entering the Walkabout prizes, the application process is slightly different (find out more here).

We won't share any information on your proposal without your permission, so feel free to speak passionately and openly about your ideas. We will contact our winner and special awardees to agree any information that will be shared publically around the award shortly before the results are announced to the public.

Main Award

  • Between 18 and 35 or with less than ten years' experience as a foresight practitioner on 31 May 2020
  • Winner receives both a USD 15,000 prize to support their project and attendance at the SOIF Summer Retreat
  • USD 5000 for each of the Asia and Africa Special Awards
  • All Special awardees invited to become fellows and receive mentoring and support from SOIF and judges.
  • Enter as a team or individual

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Learn about our previous awardees and their projects

Meet the fellows

Our Inspiration

We have chosen to name the Main 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.

Not sure if you're ready to apply?

We hope that you will, but we also appreciate it can be daunting and the awards won't be for everyone. So please do reach out if you just want to say hello or have any questions.

If you do, this is a chance for you to shine, to meet like-minded people and join a community of change makers. The sensing network is a supportive arena where you can bounce your ideas off people, get advice, be introduced to new colleagues and a new audience. This is a chance to have your work exposed to the leading minds in foresight.

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Interested in applying or supporting the awards?

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. Send us an email at team@nextgenforesight.org