Finn Strivens is a 24 year old designer and foresight practitioner working to enable diverse groups of people to imagine and influence their collective futures. He works with communities to develop new formats for participatory democracy and to build engaging methods that bring young people into future-focused conversations and communicate their ideas to decision-makers. Finn is an NGFP fellow with the School of International Futures, and a winner of their 2020 Walkabout Prize. He is a regular public speaker, recently presenting at Primer, Engage and the Future Festival and is currently a maker in residence at the EU commission’s JRC makerspace. Finn holds a Masters degree in Global Innovation Design from Imperial College London and The Royal College of Art, and a Masters degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University.
The Next Generation Foresight Practitioners (NGFP) programme exists to accelerate the transformation of the next generation of changemakers using foresight as a key tool to envision inclusive and equitable futures globally. It supports them by driving their integral role in agenda-setting and connecting them with today’s decision-makers. With over 350 members from 69 countries across 6 continents, the NGFP network is one of the largest global networks of future-alert activists and practitioners in the world. The awards and programme were established to explicitly address a lack of representation of young, non-western, future-alert activists in decisions, conversations and changes that are taking place in communities around the world, whether at a global, regional or local level. The conversations generated by this panel will focus on the importance, power and impact that the new generation of foresight practitioners, change-makers and leaders in different fields and sectors have made in reimagining and shaping desirable futures. We will particularly focus on the journey and success stories from the NGFP fellows, as well as the new and exciting NGFP programmes highlighting and strengthening the voices of the next generation of foresight thinkers around the world.