Joseph Jaworski
Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award

New Walkabout Prizes for 18-25 year old practitioners

The Walkabout prizes are a new initative designed for 18-25 year olds. There are two USD 5,000 prizes available for individuals or small teams who are advocating for futures thinking and change in their community.

We know that you are doing great things to create a better future - and we would like to hear about them. We see this as the start of a conversation with you, so we can learn, listen, and support you as you start or continue your foresight journey.

The qualities we are looking for are curiosity about the changing world and the people around you. You should have an interest in translating new future-focussed ideas into action in service to you community. You should have a willingness to become an ambassador for futures.

The prize is intended to help you build on that curiosity and sense of exploration - hence the walkabout title!

What we would like you to do with the prizes

We are open to any ideas you might have about how you would like to use the prize money, but we are in particular looking for ideas that will:

  • Drive participation and help build future awareness in your community
  • Help translate new ideas into action, or to support innovation and new products
  • Support leadership in service to your community
  • Identify new and novel ways to communicate and identify emerging issues
  • Demonstrate how you will take on a role as a futures ambassador in your community

Winners will be supported through mentorship from SOIF or our network of judges and partners, with quarterly check-ins, and training in how to scan for weak signals from experts in the field. We will ask the winners to provide quarterly updates on emerging weak signals in your community and to produce a short report at the end of the year that can be shared with the sensing network.

Who can enter

The Walkabout Prizes are open to anyone aged between 18 and 25. 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. We imagine that you will be early in your careers, studying or new to foresight, but 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 Walkabout Prizes 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.

You will also be asked to create and submit a 30-60s video on why you think it is important to think about the future.

Step 4 – Your application

This is the only section that is assessed by our judges and there are two parts to the process.

1. Video Create and submit a short (up to 2m 30s) video on what you would want to do with the Walkabout prizes. Please read the What we would like you to do with the prize section for information on what we are looking for.

2. Blog Write a short blog on what you have been up to in your community to help people have more agency over their future.

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 also entering the Main Award, the application process is different (find out more here).

We won't share any information on your application 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 publicly before the results are announced to the public.

Walkabout Prizes

  • Between 18 and 25 years old on 31 May 2020
  • Two winners will each receive a USD 5,000 prize to help translate new future-focused ideas into action in service to their community
  • Benefit from scanning training and mentoring support
  • Enter as a team or individual

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