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Future Analysts' Network

Changes to Future Analysts' Network

The Future Analysts' Network (FAN Club) has been running since 2005 as a forum where those who have an interest in horizon scanning and futures analysis could meet to exchange new ideas, innovative thinking and good practice. Five years on, in terms of its aims to help build capacity and some sense of community across Government Department futures workers, the FAN Club has seen its initial purpose largely fulfilled. The FAN Club event held in Cardiff on 19 May will therefore be the last under the current model. A report on that meeting will appear on the website in due course in the usual way.

Foresight will now consider how best to take forward Government Departments' futures networking needs, with a view to having new arrangements in place in the autumn.

Thank you for supporting the FAN club.

The FAN Club

The FAN Club was a forum where those with an interest in horizon scanning and futures analysis could meet to exchange new ideas, innovative thinking and good practice. It is sponsored by the Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre in the Government Office for Science.

Details of previous eventsĀ can be found here and newsletters from previous meetings can be found here.

Horizon Scanning?

Definitions of horizon scanning abound. Horizon Scanning Centre (HSC) defines it as "the systematic examination of potential threats, opportunities and likely developments including but not restricted to those at the margins of current thinking and planning. Horizon scanning may explore novel and unexpected issues as well as persistent problems or trends." In short it is about looking beyond normal sources, looking across boundaries and seeing things you might not normally notice.

The Horizon Scanning Centre

THE FAN Club is just one of a number of activities being carried out by HSC which is part of the Foresight division in the Government Office for Science.

HSC was launched in November 2004 to enhance government's forward-looking horizon scanning capacity. It will provide support and challenge to government departments by:

undertaking a regular strategic horizon scan exercise undertaking selected project work with departments skills transfer and the provision of resources.

Its work will be strongly informed by the science base and by the best of existing work in government, the private sector and elsewhere. If it is successful, it will increase the influence of evidence based futures analysis in strategic planning and investment decisions both in government and elsewhere in the economy.

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