Why Futures & Foresight is not as Innate as You Think

Originally published December 15, 2020
Alex Fegnani

“Often times, when attending introductory talks or workshops on futures studies, foresight, or scenario planning (from now, futures & foresight for short), I’ve noticed that the speaker would attempt to endear the audience to futures & foresight by stating upfront that, in its simplest form, this field of inquiry is something that human beings already do every day, not dissimilar to thinking about possible future career options, or about different times to do grocery shopping the next day. I also noticed that such attempts would often have a counterproductive effect. Unless this issue is deliberately clarified, the audience would leave the room thinking that futures & foresight is nothing special, as it is just what they have already been doing in their minds, perhaps with the addition of an extra dose of mental effort. This is particularly the case for managers who have been considering different “scenarios” when strategizing…..”

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Greater Green Bay Blueprint to Prevent and End Homelessness (2021)

The Greater Green Bay Community Housing Initiative Task Force engaged the Corporation
for Supportive Housing (CSH) to facilitate a planning process to develop a plan to prevent
and end homelessness. The plan is designed to be action oriented, with proposed initial
“small wins” focused on reducing harm, as well as medium to long-term actions and tasks
that would transform systems and potentially change entirely how the city, county and
local providers respond to people experiencing housing instability and homelessness.
Between September 2020 and October 2021, local elected officials, county and city
leadership and staff, philanthropy, law enforcement, local providers, CSH, school staff and
employers, and people with lived experience of homelessness developed and released
The Greater Green Bay Blueprint to Prevent and End Homelessness.

This work was funded by the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, a fund of the Greater
Green Bay Community Foundation. Click here to view the entire report.