With members including leading ICSOs, national CSO umbrella organisations, and private sector companies, the platform address the need for collaborative trend analysis in the sector. Futurists, strategists, trend analysts and organisational learning and research specialists form a cross-sector community of experts and practitioners to share insights, explore key trends and develop relevant strategies. The platform also enables mutual learning and the pooling of resources.
Current members include: ActionAid UK, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Amnesty International, Care International, CBM Global, CBM International, Direct Impact Group, Fingo – Finnish Development NGOs, Ford Foundation, Global Dialogue/Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS), Habitat for Humanity International, InterAction, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam International, Partos, Plan International, Save the Children International, Sightsavers International, SOS Children’s Villages International, Transparency International, WaterAid, Wikimedia Germany, World YMCA, World YWCA and World Vision International.
A monthly community newsletter is carefully curated to share information on planned collaborations, partner updates, events and resources.
The members meet online every quarter learn and share from each others’ insights, as well as thought-provoking content from external contributors, on future scenarios and foresight.
An annual meeting allows the opportunity to collaboratively explore one particularly ‘hot’ or impactful futures topic in much greater depth, and explore exciting new futures initiatives from and beyond community members.
The community was started in 2015 with seed funding by The Rockefeller Foundation. Other project funders since 2018 have been the Stiftung Mercator and the Ford Foundation. The peer learning platform is also part-supported by its members. Membership is open to other individuals and organisations working in this space and interested in these topics.
In 2021, our second Sector Guide explored entry points to better consider the interconnectedness of global trends and strategic decision-making in times of complexity and uncertainty in this increasingly ‘whirly world’.
In 2019, our first Sector Guide explored the implications of China’s rise on the future work of international CSOs and how these organisations can strengthen their capacities to deal with the multi-faceted implications of the Chinese ‘big development model’ for their work around the world.