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Richard O'Brien, futurist and founding parnter of strategic consultancy, Outsights, discussed the the drivers of the 21 Century and strategies for planning for the longer term - drawing on the Outsights 21 Drivers for the 21st CenturyTM Programme [External website] and recent work on the Future of the Global Economy to 2030 [External PDF]

Outsights is an international strategic consultancy based in London, helping organisations to think more broadly about the future and anticipate, interpret and act upon developments in the outside world. The consultancy works extensively in scenario planning, horizon scanning and leadership development, and has led the development of the Sigma Scan [External website] for the Horizon Scanning Centre and more than 30 futures projects in government (involving almost all departments, as well as scenarios for presentation at successive EBRD Annual Meetings).