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The Future Is Ours: Strategic Foresight toolkit – making better decisions

by Save the Children

Published | January 2019

Navigating civic space futures


The Strategic Foresight toolkit gives an introduction into futures foresight, its techniques to manage uncertainty and potential future events and scenarios.

Why read

This toolkit aims to help the civil society sector to engage with the uncertainty of the future – not only to navigate it, but to make strategic choices to shape a better future.


The world is changing. The climate crisis, the digital revolution and mass migration are just some of the forces driving change at greater speed than ever before. The challenges are immense. But for those that can adapt, it can bring incredible opportunities too. In an unstable and unpredictable world, all of us – organisation, teams and individuals – need to be flexible, to read the signs, innovate and adapt.

This toolkit offers a set of 12 techniques to help teams navigate the present and shape the future. Working with the School of International Futures, Save the Children has selected foresight tools widely used in the public and private sectors, and adapted them to serve the particular needs of Save the Children and our partner organisations. The tools can be used separately or in combination, to help you explore drivers of change, visualise alternative future scenarios, and understand the implications of your thinking and how you can prepare for and influence the future.


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