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Toolkit for tomorrow: Anticipating civil society futures

by International Civil Society Centre

Published | June 2024

Navigating civic space futures


The toolkit supports CSOs' efforts to strengthen the civil society operating space while gaining a deeper understanding of futures thinking and foresight methods and how they can be applied within the context of civil society.

Why read

This toolkit is helpful for international as well as national civil society organisations and networks to practically implement futures thinking and foresight at the sectoral, organisational, and individual level.


Civil society organisations face a variety of complex issues in an era marked by rapid technological advancements, geopolitical shifts, and socioeconomic transformations, including social inequality, political polarisation, climate change, and global health crises. Conventional approaches to problem-solving and decision-making are no longer sufficient. Futures thinking and foresight can help us grapple with uncertainty and change by revealing the complex interplay of dynamic trends around us, helping us identify risks as well as opportunities and creating a collective vision.

The toolkit provides tools, strategies, and resources to strengthen your ability to anticipate future challenges and opportunities, practice foresight, and build resilience in the face of rapid change. No previous experience with futures thinking is needed as the toolkit explains the key concepts and methods used and guides you step-by-step through the activities. It offers six overarching exercises from trends exploration to action planning that can be run as a series in a holistic strategy process or convened as individual sessions to serve your current requirements and capacities. 


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