Foresight Institutes

Global Change

This site is written by Dr Patrick Dixon, international conference keynote speaker, author of 15 books and Chairman of Global Change Ltd. Patrick Dixon is a management consultant, growth strategist and trends analyst, whose clients include many of the world's largest multinationals. He has been ranked one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today (Thinkers 50 2005).

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Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC)

The accademic leading thinktank on cities in globalisation. Centred in the Geography Department at Loughborough University, this research network focuses upon the external relations of world cities. Although the world/global city literature is premised upon the existence of world-wide transactions, most of the research effort has gone into studying the internal structures of individual cities and comparative analyses of the same. Relations between cities have been neglected by world cities researchers; the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network has been formed to aid in rectifying this situation. Among honorary founders of the GaWC, Manuel Castells, John Friedman, Sir Peter Hall, Saskia Sassen and Nigel Thrift. 

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European Foresight Platform (EFP)

The European Foresight Platform (EFP) is a network building program supported by the European Commission’s (Framework Programme 7). It aims at building a global network of networks bringing together different communities and individual professionals to share their knowledge about foresight, forecasting and other future studies methods. 

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Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The mission of IPTS is to provide customer-driven support to the EU policy-making process by developing science-based responses to policy challenges that have both a socio-economic as well as a scientific/technological dimension. The Institute's work programme, based on "Actions" (or macro-projects), cover the fields of research policy and techno-economic foresight, sustainable development, industrial and clean technologies, energy, transport, agriculture and rural development, and the information society.

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For more than 40 years, Futuribles has been an independent non-profit center for prospective studies and foresight. Its overall aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the contemporary world. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, Futuribles explores current issues, the world’s possible futures (futurs possibles), and policies and strategies to consider. The Futuribles group carries out their work in several ways, including studies, publications, training, and gathering data and information from around the world.

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Rencontres Internationales de Genève (RIG)

Nées au lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale sur l'initiative d'un groupe de personnalités genevoises conscientes de la nécessité d'une reprise du dialogue dans un monde déchiré, les Rencontres Internationales de Genève (RIG) ont tenu leur première session en 1946. Le succès de cette première réunion incita les promoteurs à poursuivre cet effort en vue de maintenir un dialogue culturel visant à l'universel. Tout au long des quarante-deux sessions qu'elles ont organisées, les RIG ont apporté une contribution importante à la compréhension du moment précis et du monde contemporain comme aussi à l'évolution des savoirs. 

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Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB)

CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) was founded in 1945. Research at CPB is carried out on CPB’s own initiative, or at the request of the government, parliament, individual members of parliament, national trade unions or employers federations.

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Open the future

Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers, Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society. In March, 2006, Jamais Cascio started Open the Future as his online home. 

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Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. 

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UK Foresight Programme 

Since its creation in 1994 the Foresight Programme has helped the UK Government to think systematically about the future. The Foresight Programme advises government about how to ensure today’s decisions are robust to future uncertainties. By combining the latest science and evidence with futures analysis, the Foresight Programme helps policy makers tackle complex issues with a better understanding of the potential opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. 

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The Zukunftsinstitut was founded in 1998 by journalist and publicist Matthias Horx. His vision was to create a Think Tank to further develop prognostic techniques whose resulting knowledge and potential could be used both in the fields of business and politics. Zukunftsinstitut GmbH today sees itself as a platform for future themes and knowledge in the widest sense. 

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Z_punkt is a consulting firm focusing on strategic future issues. We are experts in Corporate Foresight, i.e. in translating trend and future research into the real world of strategic management. We have been supporting the business community with Foresight Research and Foresight Consulting Services since 1997. 

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Institute for Futures Studies

The Institute for Futures Studies is an independent research foundation. The Institute for Futures Studies is engaged in the production of a knowledge base focusing on issues of importance for the future, and also actively promotes debate about the future. Institute for Futures Studies current research programme is based on perspectives drawn from the human and social sciences. The institute studies how people organise their lives and how different organisations affect their living conditions. The Institute for Futures Studies also analyses the interplay between the local and the global, and between individuals, firms and organisations. 

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Finland Futures Research Centre

Finland Futures Research Centre refines visionary knowledge regarding alternative futures and the challenges and possibilities included in them. The Centre offers analytical futures-oriented information in interesting formats to back up its clients futures processes. The Centre's academic research focuses mainly on such themes as foresight, environmental and energy research, innovations, social and cultural research and research on creative industries. 

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Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies

The objective of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) is to research the future for clients in the private and public sectors CIFS is an independent, non-profit research institution earning its income exclusively from sponsored research and dissemination of knowledge. Our general guidelines are defined by the Executive Commitee. CIFS has clients in a number of OECD countries, primarily in the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and British markets. Outside of OECD-Europe CIFS is engaged in speech activities and in book publication. 

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Forum for the Future

Forum for the Future is a non-profit organisation working globally with business and government to create a sustainable future. We have 15 years’ experience inspiring new thinking, building creative partnerships and developing practical innovations to change our world. We aim to transform the critical systems that we all depend on, such as food, energy and finance, to make them fit for the challenges of the 21st century. 

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ScenarioThinking, the world's No.1 open community on scenario thinking and scenario planning where you can publish scenarios, reflect on the planning processes and share online resources about scenario planning in a democratic and inclusive manner. 

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