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APF London Gathering: POST Horizon Scanning Trend Cards - Touch, Play and Shape

  • 20 Nov 2015
  • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
  • Room G-01 Telford House, 14 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NB
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  • Futurists, non-members, are welcome to come, with registration.

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POST Horizon Scanning Trend Cards - Touch,  Play and  Shape

Engaging Parliamentarians on the Dynamics of Change and their Implications

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Room G-01
Telford House
14 Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NB
Please arrive 15 minutes before the session starts

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. 

In last year's session with us, POST shared their trends research. We looked into their content. worked with it and discussed the challenge of making them land and influence.

This year we’ll see how POST have taken their trends research and shaped it into a set of trend cards.  POST use these cards to communicate aspects of the possible future to one of the most difficult audiences you can face, politicians!   An interesting session for anyone trying to communicate change.  

(Note that attendance at the first session is NOT necessary for this one.)

Who is this session particularly good for?

Anyone interested in how foresight integrates into governance in the UK and EU, those interested in the communications of trends research, people interested in trends that have caught the eye of POST and to futures thinkers interested in how workshops can be run with trend ideas.

Session Description

Participants will use a set of draft trends cards to map interactions between trends, identify those acting as drivers of others and those that are consequences and consider what  trends will have the greatest potential impact for the UK. This will be done through a set of derived exercises being adapted to help inform the thinking of select committee staff scoping inquiries and this is an opportunity to feed into the peer review of the approaches and the contents of the trend card set developed by POST.


There is increased interest in using trends for policy analysis both by the UK Government and the governments of other European Governments in recognition that has been a widespread failure to anticipate a range of recent events, such as the financial crises, and that significant changes are occurring in response to drivers, such as demographic change. However, growing interest will not translate into engagement with strategic thinking without easy to use tools for the uninitiated that go beyond technological trends and take account of social/cultural/political trends.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the session starts

For questions, contact Nick Price

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