Scanning the Horizon

Scanning the Horizon

Analysing trends, spotting disruption and amplifying ICSO potential

* Open invitation to new members *

Scanning the Horizon welcomes new members from the civil society sector and beyond, offering a rolling annual membership. See the full membership offer, and feel free to contact the coordinator Marianne Henkel ( with any further questions. Registration is open year-round and can be submitted online.

See also the platform's first report " Exploring the Future" capturing the insights from discussions in 2016.


Scanning the Horizon, a collaborative foresight platform for the civil society sector

Scanning the Horizon is a foresight platform for the international civil society sector. Changes today are faster and more impactful, holding significant potential for disruption for civil society organisations – from climate change to rising inequality and the digital revolution. Scanning the Horizon aims to help civil society organisations prepare for disruption and reap the benefits of change, by bringing together futurists, strategists and trend analysts to build a community of experts and practitioners in strategic foresight.

Launched in late 2015 with financial support by The Rockefeller Foundation, the platform answers the need for collaboration on trends analysis in the international civil society sector. Its membership currently comprises of 25 members, including many of the sector’s leading organisations, as well as CSO networks, multilateral organisations and corporations.

As a collaborative platform, Scanning the Horizon offers members a space to share their insights, jointly explore trends significant to CSOs, and develop strategies to address them. In addition, it offers opportunities of mutual learning and the pooling of resources to reduce individual organisations’ costs in futures-related work.

Scanning the Horizon is open to new members from all sectors who are engaged in horizon scanning and trends analysis. The results developed by this group are free for use by the wider CSO community in their own strategy development and planning processes.



Launched in December 2015, Scanning the Horizon is now in its second year of cooperation. Activities include a three-day membership gathering - the Annual Meeting -, webinars, working groups, joint surveys and reviews, and publications like an annual report and a blog series. Members cooperate on identifying trends and exploring topics of joint interest, and conduct an ongoing peer exchange on horizon scanning approaches and on integrating findings into strategic decision-making.


Contact us

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the platform coordinator Marianne Henkel (





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