Scanning the Horizon

Scanning the Horizon

Analysing trends, spotting disruption and amplifying ICSO potential

Invitation to join!

Scanning the Horizon is a dynamic and growing community of strategists and trend-spotters from the non-profit sector. We welcome new members from all countries and mandates, including development, human rights, humanitarian, environment, and others. The platform offers a rolling annual membership, with registration open all year round.

For further information, please see our brochure and the full membership offer, and feel free to contact us!


A scanning community for the civil society sector

Scanning the Horizon is a collaborative platform for horizon scanning and strategic thinking, a dynamic community for peer exchange on trend analysis, strategic positioning and organisational adaptiveness. Through an annual meeting, webinars and various other activities, the community helps members spot and prepare for trends and potential disruption, build capacity and increase their impact. New and innovative ways of thinking are fostered, by engaging with a wide variety of experts from diverse sectors. It provides a space for strategists and trend analysts from non-profit organisations to network and benefit from peer learning and feedback.

The community convenes over 20 members - including many of the sector’s leading organisations, as well as CSO networks, multilateral organisations and foundations - and is looking to grow in numbers and diversity. Scanning the Horizon is open to new members from all sectors who are engaged or interested in strategic thinking, trends analysis and organisational agility. The results developed by this group are free for use by the wider CSO community in their own strategy development and planning processes.




Annual Meeting, 19 - 21 June 2018, Nairobi - Kenya


Roundtable workshop "Getting ready for the future: How governments and civil society organisations are preparing", 6 March 2018, London - UK Co-hosted with Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Plan International, at ODI offices. Invitation-only, with inputs on the work of ODI with governments on the future of international development, on a recent mapping by the ICSC of international CSOs’ efforts to prepare for change, and on Plan International’s horizon scanning approach as a concrete example, followed by discussion. See outcome.

Webinar "Transformative Scenarios", 11 Jan 2018. With Mille Bojer, Reos Partners, and Carole Frampton de Tscharner, PeaceNexus Foundation.

Webinar "Horizon scanning systems - in practice", 07 Feb 2018. Introduction with concrete examples.

Lunch talk on "New actors and financing in international development”, 13 Nov 2017, 13:00 – 14:00, London - UK. Hosted by Save the Children UK, and co-organised by Save the Children and Scanning the Horizon. Join us for a dynamic discussion with Romilly Greenhill, ONE UK, Steven McIntosh, Head of Government Relations, Save the Children UK, and others on the new role of China, new African leadership, and shifts in development funding. Virtual participation is possible. Please follow the link for directions and joining instructions. See invitation.

Webinar on horizon scanning tools, 24 Aug 2017

Horizon scanning training, 12 - 13 June 2017, Berlin - Germany

Annual Meeting of Futurists, 13 - 16 June 2017, Berlin - Germany

Futures Workshop, Global Perspectives Conference, 27 October 2016, Berlin - Germany

Scenario Workshop, Build Peace Conference, Zurich- Switzerland,10 September 2016

Annual Meeting of Futurists, 24 - 28 May 2016 , Bellagio - Italy

Kick-Off Workshop, 03 - 04 December 2015, Berlin - Germany



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



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