Public Sector Foresight Network

The Public Sector Foresight Network (PSFN) has been formed to provide those involved in foresight for public sector organizations the opportunity to share their aspirations, work, methods, experiences, and results.

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With the initial support of the World Future Society, PSFN has grown from a breakfast meeting at the WFS Annual Conference in 2011 organized by Nancy Donovan of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, with Clem Bezold of the Institute of Alternative Futures, to day-long meetings in 2012-2016. Attendees at the meetings have included representatives of U.S. federal, state and local governments, and participants from Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, China, Korea, the UK, and other countries as well as the UN, NATO, academia, and the consulting world. Issues discussed include leading examples of foresight efforts, lessons and challenges in doing foresight, and how to best communicate and sustain foresight activities. Since 2015 PFSN has joined with the Federal Foresight Community of Interest (FFCOI) in hosting the annual meetings. In 2018, the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) joined as a co-host.

On this page you can find meeting agendas and presentations for
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.


2019 Meeting Information

PSFN, the Federal Foresight Community of Interest (FFCOI), and the Association for Professional Futurists (APF) hosted this year’s meeting on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Below are the links for the agenda and the presentations.

2019 Meeting Agenda

The Risk and Threat of Radical Leveling and Emergent Neurotechnologies in Non-Kinetic Operations by Dr. James Giordano, Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry; Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program; Co-Director, Program in Brain Science and Global Law and Policy, Georgetown University Medical Center

Foresight and the Research Policy of the European Union by Nikos Kastrinos, Team Leader for Foresight, European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Lessons from the Mouse: A Global Case Study in Corporate Foresight by Frank Spencer, Creative Director and Founder, Kedge and the Futures School; and Yvette Montero Salvatico, Managing Director and Founder, Kedge and the Futures School. Related information:

U.S. Special Operations Command: At the Nexus of Strategy and Innovation by Aaron Bazin, Managing Director, Donovan Strategy and Innovation Group

Professional Life in 2040: Impact of Emerging Technologies by Denise Sughrue, Director, Toffler Associates; and Robert (Bob) Wagner, Senior Associate, Toffler Associates

The Evolution of “Collapse” and Other Futures by Jim Dator, Retired Professor, University of Hawai’i. Related information:

2018 Meeting Information

This year, PSFN and the Federal Foresight Community of Interest (FFCOI) were joined by the Association for Professional Futurists (APF) in hosting the Foresight in Government day on Friday, July 27, 2018. Below are the links for the agenda and the presentations.

2018 Meeting Agenda

Foresight for Mayors and Local Government

Foresight in and for Legislatures

Black Swans, Scanning the Fringe

Foresight Cases

2017 Meeting Information

PSFN held its annual meeting once again with the FFCOI (Federal Foresight Community of Interest). Participants attended both in-person at the Veterans’ Administration Conference Center in Crystal City Virginia and virtual from around the world.

2017 Meeting Agenda

We had four great presentations with discussions, and the presentations are listed below with links to slides for three of them. Lane Jennings of AAI Foresight offers a summary of the presentations and discussion (note that Peter Padbury adds his own summary at the end of Lane’s piece).

2016 Meeting Information

PSFN held its annual meeting with the Federal Foresight Community of Interest (FFCOI) on Friday, July 22, 2016. It was a successful gathering of over 100 participants in the conference center of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons near the U.S. Capital. Below are the links for the agenda and the presentations.

2016 Meeting Agenda

PSFN / FFCoI July 2016 Meeting Presentations

Federal Foresight Community of Interest – Panel on Foresight Experience

Foresight Faces Challenging Issues

Advising National Governments and Administration Transitions on Foresight Processes

The Aspirational Component of Foresight: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

2015 Meeting Information

This year’s meeting was held on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 8:30 am to 3 pm. The 50 attendees included turnout from U.S. federal agencies (Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Forest Service, and National Defense University) as well as officials from variety of Canadian government agencies and the World Bank. Attendees also represented foresight from the governments of Finland and the Netherlands and included those from a range of academic and other organizations in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Bermuda, and China. Below you’ll find the meeting agenda and presenters’ slides.

2015 Meeting Agenda

On The State of Foresight in U.S. Federal Agencies:

Public Sector Foresight: The Future is Now by Stephen Sanford, U.S. Government Accountability Office

U.S. Federal Foresight Community of Interest by Joseph Moore, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Evergreen: Influencing Strategic Decisions Within the Coast Guard by Eric Popiel, U.S. Coast Guard

Foresight Research in the U.S. Forest Service by David Bengston, U.S. Forest Service

Foresight in a Regulatory Agency:

AER and Strategic Foresight by Richard Dixon, Alberta Energy Regulator

On Foresight, Complexity & Technological Change:

Improving Policy, Strategy & Decision-Making in a Complex World by Sheila Ronis, Walsh College

Security Policy Challenges of Accelerating Technological Change by James Kadtke, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, NDU;School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

3D Printing: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Implications of Additive Manufacturing by Timothy Persons, U.S. Government Accountability Office

2014 Meeting Information

2014 Meeting Agenda

U.S. Federal Foresight Community of Interest by James-Christian Blockwood, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Director of Strategic Studies, Office of Policy & Planning

Developing scenarios to determine future Canadian Army requirements and concepts by Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Rankin & Peter Gizewski, Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre

Developing scenarios for public health by Clem Bezold, Institute for Alternative Futures

The History and Future of Scenarios & the U.S. Coast Guard by CDR Eric Popiel, US Coast Guard

Using “Prospective Evaluation Synthesis” & grounded foresight to design education-related study for Congressional use by Jamila Kennedy, US GAO, Education, Workforce and Income Security Team

Creating an International Public Sector Foresight Network by Nancy Donovan, US GAO, Applied Research & Methods

2013 Meeting Information

2013 Meeting Agenda

2012 Meeting Information

2012 Meeting Agenda

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The objectives of the Public Sector Foresight Network (PSFN) are:

  • To spread awareness of foresight activities taking place around the world, at all levels of governments,
  • To support and encourage government foresight practitioners, and
  • To enhance the quality of foresight by sharing lessons and best practices.

Membership in PSFN is open to government officials involved in foresight and those who work with them. PSFN was co-founded by Nancy Donovan and Clem Bezold, has been directed by Nancy Donovan, Clem Bezold and Ken Hunter, and is hosted by the Institute for Alternative Futures. For the time being there is no cost to belong to PSFN.

PSFN has hosted a one-day meeting each year on government foresight since 2012 in cities ranging from Toronto to Chicago and since 2016, this gathering has been held jointly with the Federal Foresight Community of Interest. In 2018, the Association of Professional Futurists joined the government foresight groups in co-hosting the meeting. The co-hosted meeting is typically held in the Washington DC area with virtual participation of members from several countries.

Presentations at the PSFN in-person meeting and electronic mailing list postings cannot be used for direct marketing of foresight services or tools. To join PSFN, visit http://groupspaces.com/PublicSectorForesightNetwork/join. Once you’ve joined, you may post a message to all members of the group by sending an email to PublicSectorForesightNetwork [at] groupspaces [dot] com from your preferred email client (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook).

By joining you indicate that you agree to the following:

  • I am a government official involved in foresight or I work on foresight with government.
  • I will not use PSFN meetings or the electronic mailing list for marketing purposes.

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