In 2018, Futurescaper supported the Government of Canada’s “Next Generation of Emerging Global Challenges” project. The objective of this project was to identify the next generation of global challenges for consideration by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Horizons, the Government’s foresight organisation, used Futurescaper to visually analyse all data gathered from an extensive environmental scan, including 600+ weak signals produced by Horizons’ analysts over the last two years. This was followed by a crowdsourcing initiative, run through Futurescaper in both English and French, drawing an additional 700+ substantive contributions:
Futurescaper enabled the Horizons team to identify weak signals from the crowd-sourced material which became starting points for potential challenges. It also allowed us to explore the complex causal chains that emerge as contributors link their analysis to other people’s ideas. All of the above input played a role in framing the proposed “emerging challenges”.