22nd April 2019, MIGHT, Cyberjaya
On the 22nd of April 2019, Foresight Interconnect invited the Managing Director of the School of International Futures or SOIF, Cat Tully to conduct a sharing session on future readiness. Foresight Interconnect is a platform established to encourage discourse on foresight and related subject matters among Foresight experts, practitioners and enthusiasts.
This time around, with the title, ‘Leading into the Futures: integrating foresight into our strategies and organisations’, the session was structured around how strategic foresight can help leaders manage organisational objectives optimally under conditions of uncertainty. Tully then spoke about making strategic choices to shape a desirable future and why organisations need to build preparedness for alternative possible futures.
Given her broad perspective on global events, attendees all agreed that the expectations of delivering the private and public sectors’ expectations are a real challenge. In response, Tully recommended exploring emerging edges in leading foresight methods, where people can create future-ready and alert organisations that can adapt as the future evolves.
As pressures are growing on governments and businesses, organisations need to operate along two horizons: capturing quick advantages to build momentum while keeping sight of longer-term, ground-breaking applications. Apart from this, the recent tide of swirling uncertainties requires government agencies and policy makers to act now. The sharing session not only gave attendees new ideas to implement, but also forged a good relationship between the two foresight movers. Tully also shared with the attendees the value of long term thinking across almost every planning measure that matters. Finally, the event ended with a brief networking session for the attendees.