Billions of people around the globe are under lockdown. Business as usual is not usual anymore. Governments rush to adopt imperfect policies to protect citizens and defend national sovereignty. An invisible threat has humankind under siege, attacking everything and everyone we know, and the future will never be the same again.

The summit was held virtually on April 9-11, 2020

You can now enjoy the recordings of the sessions.

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Enjoy the recording of the different talks of the first edition of the Global Foresight Summit. Replay your favourites. Listen to everything you missed. Share with your peers and network. More than 64 hours of content to increase futures literacy rate and raise awareness on futures intelligence, strategic foresight, and futures thinking.


The Global Foresight Summit is an open initiative to raise awareness on futures literacy and strategic foresight across government policy-makers, business leaders, strategists, innovators, scientists, and researchers will help to prepare for decision-making under uncertainty and unpredictability.

The past narratives about the future did not help to manage the present crisis appropriately. Millions of people rushed to supermarkets fearing scarcity of food; media streamed death tolls as points in a football match; politicians were caught improvising and underestimating the reality; scientists were not listened anywhere around the world; countries do not share all their data about the pandemic; and, above all, sci-fi movies, books and shows in our collective imaginary helped to accelerate the fear of a dystopian world.

key topics

During the course of the summit you will explore some of the most relevant topics in the field of futures thinking, strategic foresight and decision-making.


Futures literacy is a capability that offers insights into both the reasons and the methods humans deploy when they anticipate. Being 'futures literate' enables people, together, to appreciate the world more fully, to use the future to innovate the present.


Anticipatory thinking is the process of recognising and preparing for difficult challenges, many of which may not be clearly understood until they are encountered. It is a form of sense-making, often taking the form of explaining events and diagnosing problems.


Futures intelligence refers to the processes, tools, and practices for the collection, integration, analysis, and presentation of information about future possibilities. It provides a holistic approach to support decision-making and anticipate change.


Strategic foresight is a structured and systematic way of using ideas about the future to anticipate and better prepare for change. It is about exploring different plausible futures that could arise, and the opportunities and challenges emerging.


When faced with a tragedy, natural disaster, health concern, relationship, work, or school problem, resilience is how well a system, society or individual can adapt to the events and possesses the ability to bounce back more quickly and with less stress.


Scenario planning is a method to help form an idea of possible future scenarios and how these may affect strategic objectives. However, making predictions about the future is difficult and organisations tend to create a variety of multiple possible scenarios.


Postnormal times represent an era in which old orthodoxies are dying, new ones are emerging, and very few things seem to make sense. The result is a product of the forces shaping our globalized world: accelerating change, uncertainty, and ignorance.


Speculative design practice questions the practice of design and offers some alternatives that are essential for the world of today and more importantly, the world of tomorrow. The curriculum proposes a practice engaging with a social context, using design as a means of speculating about how things could be.