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California 100 and the School of International Futures Release Two New Strategic Foresight Publications for Educators

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Toolkit and Accompanying White Paper will Support Educators in Training the Next Generation of Policy and Change Makers

California 100, in collaboration with the School of International Futures (SOIF), released A Foresight Toolkit for Educators and companion publication, Why Public Policy Schools Should Teach Foresight and Futures Studies, today. These publications provide educators who are training and inspiring the next generation of policymakers with pragmatic tools to integrate foresight into their teaching and curriculum.

Download the toolkit HERE

Download the white paper HERE

“This toolkit is designed to make foresight much more widespread and mainstream, by providing educators with model curricula and discrete modules that include key readings and applied learning activities,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, Executive Director of California 100. “In doing so, we hope to empower the next generation of leaders with the essential tools they need to navigate our rapidly changing world.”

This new toolkit serves as a hands-on accompaniment to the Beyond Strategic Planning: A Foresight Toolkit for Decision Makers and provides educators with a modular approach to integrating foresight into curriculum and lesson planning. The toolkit is designed as a guide for an introductory course and will explore how strategic foresight can complement—and how it differs from—other courses such as design thinking, systems practice, change management, and strategy or policy planning.

“In the face of the complex challenges we all face, policymakers need to be able to think about the medium- and long-term as well as the short-term,” said Cat Tully, Managing Director of School of International Futures. “We hope that this toolkit will help to give future policymakers the strategic foresight tools they need to do this.”

As a companion publication to the new toolkit, California 100 also released Why Public Policy Schools Should Teach Foresight and Futures Studies, a white paper developed by Henry E. Brady and Aditi Chugh. This publication shows how a focus on alternative futures complements the focus on current problems that dominates most public policy work. Futures studies requires us to think about the kind of world we want to create, the paths that might get us there, and the obstacles that must be overcome.  

“With the increasing recognition of big, systemic forces shaping our future, such as climate change, economic inequality, structural racism, terrorism, and artificial intelligence, it seems time to reexamine futures and foresight studies,” says Henry E. Brady, Director of Research of California 100. “This paper provides an intellectual justification, pedagogical framework, and methodological agenda for making future studies an indispensable part of the public policy curriculum.”

These materials were developed with a design committee comprised of experts from policy schools and government practitioners, including the following: 

  • Amaney A. Jamal, Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
  •  Edwards S. Sanford, Professor of Politics, and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
  • Geci Karuri-Sebina, Associate of South African Cities Network, visiting research fellow with the Wits School of Governance, and national organizer of the Civic Tech Innovation Network in South Africa
  • Henry E. Brady, Former Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and California 100 Director of Research
  • James-Christian Blackwood, Executive Vice President, Partnership for Public Service
  • Juliet Musso, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management and the Vice Dean for Academic Programs at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • Marius Oosthuizen, Member of faculty at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, South Africa. Director of the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue (CL&D) at GIBS. Director: Scenarios at the World Energy Council in London
  • Mark Jacobson, Assistant Dean, Washington Programs. Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Piret Tõnurist, Co-founder of the cross-directorate Mission Action Lab at the OECD. Senior Project Manager, Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI), OECD. Lead in Anticipatory Innovation Governance, OECD.

About California 100

California 100 is a transformative statewide initiative focused on inspiring a vision and strategy for California’s next century that is innovative, sustainable, and equitable. The initiative is incubated at the University of California and Stanford and is guided by an expert and intergenerational Commission. The mission of California 100 is to strengthen California’s ability to collectively solve problems and shape our long-term future—through research, policy innovation, advanced technology, and engagement—by identifying, mobilizing, and supporting champions for innovative and equitable solutions.

About The School of International Futures (SOIF)

SOIF is a global non-profit collective of practitioners in strategy and policy for future generations. They are headquartered in London and seek to empower people to use participatory futures and foresight to drive societal transformation through their organizations, communities, and countries.