Crowdsourcing the Future: The Foresight Process at Finpro

by Elina Hiltunen

Introduction

I am interested in the processes of how various companies and organisations develop and execute their foresight work. In my opinion, the process of foresight is at least as important, if not more, than the results foresight generates. In many companies, the mysterious curtain of secrecy can hide the process of how foresight is carried out. Of course, we cannot expect companies to disclose proprietary processes, but some indication of validating the results or establishing reliability remains absent. However, there are exceptions. Royal Dutch Shell has published a workbook of scenario processes (which can be located on their internet pages). Plus, public organisations generally tend to be more open with their foresight activities and encouragement of discussion.(continue…)

View PDF