Future Worlds 2050: Inside the Futures Studio

Welcome to Inside the Futures Studio with Jigsaw Foresight – a podcast miniseries about possible futures and the way we can respond, react or adapt to them.

Join Dr Tara Chittenden, foresight manager at the Law Society, and Victoria Ward and Dr Wendy Schultz from Jigsaw Foresight as they host conversations with interesting people practising futures thinking in different sectors.

They bring their insights to bear on futures thinking in the legal profession and share how they use futures tools in their own profession.

Episodes include:

  1. Three horizons and membership organisations – with Laura Wilkinson
  2. Foresight values and heritage – with Professor Richard Sandford
  3. Using a suite of foresight tools – with Jim Scopes
  4. Foresight and risk management – with Fiona Lickorish
  5. Horizon scanning inside-out and outside-in – with Marcela Capaja
  6. Planet-conscious drafting for a changing world – with Becky Annison

The series forms part of our Future Worlds 2050 project.

Three horizons and membership organisations with Laura Wilkinson

The first podcast is with Laura Wilkinson, programme director at the Museum of London.

She talks about foresight and an embedded use of the three horizons tools across staff to help the museum explore their futures.

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Foresight values and heritage with Professor Richard Sandford

The second podcast is with Professor Richard Sandford, ex-head of foresight at the government and professor of heritage, foresight and policy at University College London.

He explores how a risk management or innovation stance towards the future shapes the types of questions you ask about what’s next.

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Using a suite of foresight tools with Jim Scopes

Jim Scopes, foresight consultant, has done a lot of strategic work using scenarios, three horizons, in-casting, wind tunnelling and a non-foresight tool called the River of Life (which is often used in development banks and agencies).

This podcast is a quick tour of his approaches with emphasis on his strategy roles in public sector organisations and how he first used a suite of foresight tools in developing strategy with HM Revenue and Customs.

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Foresight and risk management with Fiona Lickorish

Fiona Lickorish, foresight consultant, was previously lead on horizon scanning and futures at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Since then, she has taken that work to the Cranfield Institute for Resilient Futures and is also doing work with government agencies and academic institutions in the US. They use scenarios and other foresight tools to look at, for example, how two agencies imagine their future co-production and working relationships.

She talks about her experiences and draws attention to links between foresight and risk management in strategic thinking.

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Horizon scanning inside-out and outside-in with Marcela Capaja

Marcela Capaja is the senior specialist of strategic futures at Natural England and previously worked in futures and foresight at Interpol.

In this podcast, Marcela discusses how she applied futures thinking in these different contexts to support strategic decision making.

In particular she talks about setting up a horizon-scanning process, trend-spotting and the importance of shaping a shared understanding of foresight and the value it can add.

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Planet-conscious drafting for a changing world with Becky Annison

Becky Annison, director of engagement at the Chancery Lane Project, talks about making space for people to innovate and the project’s pioneering approach to collaborative drafting at the bleeding edge of law.

The podcast explores building a bridge from the recognition of change, its impacts and the associated different possible futures, to action and taking concrete steps in the space where you have agency.

Becky talks about equipping young lawyers with the wherewithal to do something about climate change, and supporting them to build their confidence in shaping the law.

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