Scanning the Horizon

If you are interested in joining the community, please visit this registration page for 2021.

This collaborative platform helps CSOs prepare for disruption and benefit from change.

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: Accenture Development Partnerships, ActionAid UK, ADRA Germany, Alliance2015, Americares, Amnesty International, Care International, CBM Global, CBM International, CISU – Civil Society in Development, Globalt Fokus – Danish CSOs for Development Cooperation, Development Initiatives, Direct Impact Group, Dóchas, Fingo – Finnish Development NGOs, Global Dialogue/Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS), Habitat for Humanity International, Hichert & Associates Consulting, InterAction, International Women’s Development Association (IWDA), Islamic Relief Worldwide, Mercy Corps, Oxfam International, Partos, Plan International, Save the Children International, Sightsavers International, SOS Children’s Villages International, Stiftung Asienhaus, Transparency International, Tyto Alba Consulting, WaterAid, Wikimedia Germany, World YMCA and World Vision International.

A monthly community newsletter is carefully curated, with the valued support of the Direct Impact Group, to share information on planned collaborations, partner updates, events and resources.

The members meet regularly online to learn and share from each others’ insights, as well as thought-provoking content from external contributors, on future scenarios and foresight.

An annual in-person and online full-community meeting allows the opportunity to collaboratively explore one particularly ‘hot’ or impactful futures topic in much greater depth.

From 2020-21, we have looked together at the interconnectedness of global trends and strategic decision-making in times of complexity and uncertainty, in two online meetings. Outcomes are shared below and with our new Sector Guide on ‘Strategic Decision-Making in a Whirly World’.

We are currently scoping out our primary learning focus under ‘equitable and inclusive futures’ with community members, for convening and the next Sector Guide to be released in late 2022.

In 2019, our first Sector Guide explored the implications of China’s rise on the future work of ICSOs on 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.


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The community was started in 2015 with seed funding by The Rockefeller Foundation but is currently self-sustained as an active peer learning platform by its members. Membership is open to other individuals and organisations working in this space and interested in these topics.

We would like to thank our current supporters for 2020-21: Direct Impact Group and the Ford Foundation.

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