CEO NPO, Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Khattak represented Pakistan in the workshop on Strategic Foresight Capability Building in Public Sector from 5 - 8 June 2018 in Tokyo, Japan
CEO NPO, Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Khattak represented Pakistan in the workshop on Strategic Foresight Capability Building in Public Sector from 5 - 8 June 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop was attended by 11 participants from nine member countries of Asian Productivity Organization (APO) i.e. Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, IR Iran, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan, along with six APO Secretariat staff.
The objective of the workshop was to equip public-sector professionals with the fundamentals of strategic foresight and scenario planning. The Participants had opportunities to learn about the requirements for establishing strategic foresight centers in their own organizations to institutionalize foresight and scenario planning.
The workshop was conducted by Dr. Anita Sykes-Kelleher who is a Co-Founder of Center for Australian Foresight and Marcus Barber who is a Director of Looking Up Feeling Good. Dr. Sykes- Kelleher has worked for the UN and global corporations in more than 30 countries on capability-building programs; Barber is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Defense and Strategic Studies, Canberra, Australia, and author of Getting Your Future Right.
The four-day workshop established a common knowledge base for future studies and foresight, including principles, assumptions, overview of methods, and value of foresight in the public sector as well as ways to institutionalize foresight thinking in development policy planning. Participants gained an understanding of how collective scenarios can be created to build supporting policy narratives.
The workshop is structured to guide practical scenario development of plausible futures, identify and reframe assumptions of the future, and understand challenges involved in moving beyond current perspectives on what tomorrow may hold.
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