Scanning the Horizon

Find out more and register (free) for our upcoming meeting on ‘strategy in a whirly world’ from 13-15 October 2020, online.


If you are interested in joining the community, please complete the form at the bottom of the page

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, ADRA Germany, Amnesty International, Care International, CBM International, Development Initiatives, Direct Impact Group, Fingo – Finnish Development NGOs, Habitat for Humanity International, InterAction, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Mercy Corps, Oxfam International, Plan International, Save the Children International, Sightsavers International, SOS Children’s Villages International, Transparency International, WaterAid and World Vision International. Other partners include: CISU – Civil Society in Development, Global Focus – Danish CSOs for Development Cooperation and Partos.

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 monthly online to learn and share from each others’ insights, as well as thought-provoking content from external contributors, on future scenarios and foresight. Recent  topics include engaging youth in organisational scenario and strategy development processes, and urban futures and resilience. Future potential topics include global leadership perspectives on the megatrends affecting our sector, and migration.

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

In 2020, we are looking together at the interconnectedness of global trends in a split meeting format between May and October 2020. The meeting will explore how this interaction may bring about different potential futures, and integrate this analysis into organisational strategic planning. This will include input from beyond the sector, with private, public and academic sector insights, and ultimately aim to document our findings in a new Sector Guide.

In 2019, we explored the implications of China’s rise on the future work of ICSOs. The main focus was peer exchange, and contributions from external experts, on how ICSOs can strengthen their capacities to deal with the multi-faceted implications of the Chinese ‘big development model’ for their work around the world. The meeting took place in Hong Kong in June 2019. See the resulting Sector Guide below.


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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.