Towards a “Foresightful Innovation”

September 11, 2017
1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Foresight is the Art and Science of inventing and designing the future. It is the first and key step of innovation in a fast changing world. This presentation will involve a thrilling journey from the distant past into the long term future, and will discuss how Foresight has changed the world, and how its practice has evolved over time. The presentation will provide methodological frameworks and tools for exploring and shaping futures by combining ‘creativity’, ‘expertise’, ‘evidence’ and ‘networking’ for the purposes of:

  •  Identifying and monitoring trends, weak signals of emerging
  • developments and wild cards
  • Exploring alternative futures under complexity and uncertainty
  • Enabling creativity and innovation with out-of-the-box thinking
  • Building future visions and determining priorities
  • Identifying key scientific and technological areas
  • Developing new products, services and markets, and
  • Recommending policies and strategies for R&D

Topics covered are ‘anti-disciplinary’ in nature and are relevant for innovators in all scientific disciplines and at all levels of governance (international, national, corporate or individual).

Speaker Bio

Dr. Ozcan Saritas is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow; and editor-in-chief of “Foresight” - the journal of future studies, strategic thinking and policy. He worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, The University of Manchester, UK. His research focuses upon innovation and policy research with particular emphasis on socio-economic and technological Foresight. With a PhD from the “Foresight and Prospective Studies Program,” he introduced the “Systemic Foresight Methodology”, and has produced a number of publications on the topic. He has extensive work experience with the international organizations including United Nations (UNIDO and UNCTAD), OECD, and the European Commission. He has been involved in large scale national, multinational and corporate research and consultancy projects on sectors including Energy, Climate Change and Renewables, Agriculture and Food, Water Resources and Sustainability, Transportation and Automotive, Information and Communication Technologies among the others; published a number of articles in respected journals; and have delivered keynote speeches in more than 50 countries across the world. Besides his research and publication activities, he designs and delivers academic and executive education courses on Foresight, Innovation Management and Strategic Planning. He has recently co-authored a book, entitled “Foresight for Science, Technology and Innovation” published by Springer, which has become one of the key readings in the field.

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