Strategic foresight is now a popular and populated field. It was not always like that. Today, as the world fights a pandemic with potentially unprecedented consequences, the value of effective ‘anticipatory governance’ is unquestioned. Despite being more necessary and urgent, building a ‘culture of preparedness’ is also more difficult in face of growing complexity and uncertainty. Yet, there are rules that can help us contribute for better policymaking and have impact in the public sector. I will share my experience at the European Union as well as key lessons I learned from what I call my foresight superheroes.