2020 Hindsight: How Foresight "Failed" to Prepare us for a Pandemic

As we seek to gain clarity amidst the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is clear many were caught off guard, seemingly unprepared to deal with a global crisis of this nature. Yet, all the signs of this worldwide health emergency were there. The science was clear, and the data was available. The failure, it seems, was in the inability of individuals to fully imagine and immerse themselves in this potential future in order to incite meaningful action in the present. Enter Strategic Foresight. When practiced well, the power of foresight lies not in its tools and methods, but in its ability to alter perspectives for positive change. In this session, Yvette Montero Salvatico will share how robust futures thinking can create resilient, adaptive and transformative leaders who are prepared not just to weather disruption, but leverage it. Learn how the tools and frameworks in Strategic Foresight (including unconscious futures modeling, pattern and sensemaking, scenario mapping and the push/pull of the future) can be successfully integrated into our organizations, institutions and citizens to empower and create agency in this time of change - and more importantly, long before a crisis is in sight.

April 10, 2020


Yvette Montero Salvatico

Yvette Montero Salvatico


The Futures School