Natural Foresight® Framework

The world is more complex than ever before, and this means that old ways of developing strategy, managing change and creating innovation are no longer adequate in our landscape of accelerating and exponential change. For this reason, we are excited to offer our holistic framework for thinking and acting on the future – Natural Foresight® – as an open source framework for everyone.

Overview

Natural Foresight® Framework (NFF)  has been specifically designed to leverage our ever-changing world of increasing complexity for greater discovery, novelty, and transformation.

Over the past decade, the Framework has inspired the work of countless entrepreneurs, innovators, and practitioners.  The very essence of Natural Foresight has allowed it to be a critical element of our mission to democratize foresight.  As an organic, open and holistic model, Natural Foresight is widely accessible and applicable. 

The Futures School wants to continue to remove all barriers in creating the future.  As a result and effective immediately, Natural Foresight® will be available as an open source framework indefinitely! 

Free Access

While The Futures School owns and retains copyright and trademark for the Natural Foresight® Framework, we grant you the right to make use of the materials as they are, or in modified form. You may translate, modify, print, network, reformat or change the materials in any way providing that you meet the terms of the license.

The Natural Foresight® Framework has been released under the Creative Commons license Attribution 4.0 International, allowing everyone to share, copy, redistribute, remix, transform, and build upon NFF in any medium and format, and for any purpose, even commercially. We would be very interested to see copies of, or links to, derivative works. If you would like to share these with us, please email details to info@thefuturesschool.com

Attribution

If you use or amend or incorporate content from the Natural Foresight® Framework, which is provided under a Creative Commons license, use the following attribution:

Natural Foresight® by The Futures School is licensed under Attribution 4.0 International

Why Natural Foresight® ?

In order to best understand why we came to the decision for the Natural Foresight® Framework to become open source, it’s important to appreciate what makes NFF such a powerful framework for advancing foresight and futures thinking into the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment of the 21st Century: 

Organic:  Mimicking nature allows for a more holistic perception of the world around us. 

Systemic: Thinking and acting systemically helps us to avoid simplistic outcomes. 
 
Multi-Scaled: Examining interconnected layers of influence reveals robust impacts.

Continuous: Operating in circular frameworks fosters a foresight-fueled operating system.
 
Complex: Embracing complexity as a sign of maturity unlocks a landscape of opportunities.
 
Archetypal: Leveraging natural patterns and narratives makes foresight work human.
 
Ontological: Uncovering shifting and novel realities reveals the nature of change.

Activational: Animating internal foresight capacity cultivates a future of ethical transformation.

Are you ready to use NFF in your work, practice or research? Learn more about how the Natural Foresight Framework leverages complexity.

Case Studies

“By mastering Futures Thinking, we are no longer trapped in chasing our own tail by forecasting based on outdated historical data; we begin to unlock the opportunities before they become widely available to other market players. By doing this, our company begins to pioneer the market changes and becomes a true industry innovator.”

Evgeny Lavrov, The Walt Disney Company CIS

Foresight-Fueled Integration: Walt Disney International

Facing aggressive growth targets coupled with a need to significantly increase its workforce, Walt Disney International (WDI) decided to launch an effort to prepare for the future.

Walt Disney International spearheaded a foresight effort, specifically following the Natural Foresight® Framework, that included fifteen Futures Teams established in 10 geographic regions. Through this multi-year engagement, hundreds of new futurists were trained and dozens of advanced practitioners were identified to lead the integration of sustainable foresight across its markets. Some of tangible outcomes resulting from this organization-wide competency development include:

• More than 500 leaders around the globe were trained in the Natural Foresight® approach and immediately began applying the standard toolkit.

• Traditional strategic planning processes have been revamped to include futures intelligence and scenario planning, and the organization has pursued specific business strategies as a direct result of its foresight efforts.

• To support change management efforts, advanced practitioners were selected to receive additional training and became foresight trainers.

• Broader company leadership has taken notice, declaring Strategic Foresight as one of the top enterprise-wide leadership competencies.

Foresight-Fueled Strategy: Orlando Economic Partnership

After a successful merger, the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP) was embarking on an ambitious plan to reconceptualize economic development to achieve broad-based prosperity. OEP was seeking to sequence its strategic priorities with an immersive, participatory and future-focused approach that ensured stakeholder ownership.

Building upon OEP’s transformative strategic framework and its vision for “a regional approach to broad-based prosperity,” Kedge assisted the organization by leading a collective effort which engaged leadership, staff and stakeholders in creating the future today. This ambitious plan to reconceptualize economic development through participatory engagement to achieve broad-based prosperity kicked-off in May 2018 with a goal to inform the Fiscal Year 2019 plan.

After an immersion phase which included: targeted interviews, a Delphi survey administered to over 300 individuals and extensive trend research; Kedge lead OEP and its stakeholders through the process of discovering, exploring, mapping, and creating strategic transformations with a series of face-to-face foresight-fueled work sessions. The result was Launch to Tomorrow, an ambitious three-year plan that has established an updated modality for the development, validation, and implementation of regional priorities.

“We are prepared for, and dedicated to, shaping tomorrow. This manifesto is reflected in the myriad of regional initiatives underway from substantial investment in our infrastructure, business-friendly governance and collaborative educational ecosystem to our accelerated implementation of sustainable solutions and commitment to inclusivity. The spirit of innovation through technology propels Orlando forward.”

The Orlando Economic Partnership

Futures Space

We believe that democratizing the future depends on diverse thinking and co-creation. Strategic Foresight is most successful when practiced as a team, with each individual contributing their perspective to the collective vision. Futures are stronger when they represent a wide spectrum of human experience, and they are more effectively actioned against through a cross-siloed network. 

The internet allows for the most advanced and efficient cross-pollination of ideas and knowledge. The pandemic proved to us that we can accomplish great things through digital interactions. A well-designed digital platform empowered by intersectional diversity might be the most important technology for manifesting the future

Futures Space – Powered by Natural Foresight ®

Futures Space is the digital home for futurists fueled by Natural Foresight®.

  • NFF templates are accessible through the site for universal access, while live experiences facilitate the practice of the framework’s principles.
  • The community’s content follow the Discover, Explore, Map, Create technical facets.
  • And of course, we have a dedicated group within the community for our TFS alumni who are fueling their lives with Natural Foresight®.

Through these offerings, Futures Space is a digital hub of organic complexity and fundamental foresight practice. 

About Futures Space

A curated community for futurists across the world to connect and co-create the future. Community members can find exclusive content, inspiring events, hands-on workshops, and engaging training. Unlike any other social media site, Futures Space is exclusive to future-enthusiasts and operates with a membership approach. While Futures Space offers membership tiers, there is no fee to participate in the community-wide Natural Foresight activations. 

Discover the future and co-create it with professionals from all across the world. Start new projects or join one already in progress. Learn, connect, experiment, and democratize. 

The “digital home for futurists” is exactly the platform we have imagined for our alumni and clients. Futures Space is a global foresight community that allows our alumni to deepen their futures knowledge and grow their impact.

Futures Space founders Tanja Schindler and Graciela Guadarrama Baena curated a community for futurists across the world to connect and co-create the future. The platform offers exclusive content, inspiring events, hands-on workshops, as well as engaging training and futures insights through its global network of partners, including The Futures School.

The Futures Space platform is abundant with futurists and Strategic Foresight professionals who are collaborating across disciplines toward creating a sustainable future for all of us. Unlike any other social media site, Futures Space is exclusive to future-enthusiasts and operates with a membership approach. While Futures Space offers membership tiers, there is no fee to participate in the TFS alumni group.

As a Futures Space member, you will experience The Futures School, Kedge, and Natural Foresight® Framework offerings woven throughout the platform.