MetaScan 2011: Exploring four global forces shaping our future

Authors: Policy Horizons Canada
Document Type: MetaScan
Published Date: Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 5:00am
ISBN number: PH4-108/2012E-PDF, 78-1-100-20015-6
Alternative Format: 2012-0100-eng.pdf

The world is changing…

Through foresight studies, plausible futures are explored to examine the relationships amongst issues and actors within the system. Foresight allows key assumptions to be tested and uncertainties revealed to identify opportunities and challenges so that effective coping strategies are developed.

… Canada needs to influence or adapt.

Successful foresight should challenge current assumptions and mental models, providing a space for reflection about the robustness of current policies and strategies.

Our purpose with this work is to stimulate discussion and help frame the questions we need to explore.

This MetaScan is a learning process designed to experiment with new ideas and techniques, and through collaboration and co-creation help build capacity to use foresight across government to strengthen the long-term policy process.

In the future, the experience gained through the MetaScan process could be applied by individual departments and agencies to inform their own forward policy agendas.