At heart Urban Foresight is a strategy consultancy.

Almost all of our work involves exploring possible futures. We are expert at matching capabilities to needs and understanding the forces shaping future requirements. We also help cities and organisations to realise exciting opportunities offered by new technologies and business models.

Our skill lies in working collaboratively with our partners and clients to understand what’s important and what’s possible.

Strategy development and workshop facilitation

We have developed specialist toolkits to shape future outlooks, develop actionable strategies and open up new possibilities for innovation.

This involves designing processes for individual organisations to facilitate collaboration amongst multiple stakeholders. We can chart the development of a specific product, service or business process; or  explore opportunities to advance industries, regions or entire countries.

We help our clients to develop strategies that capture the interests and priorities of all stakeholders, and establish clear actions and responsibilities.

FORESIGHT AND FUTURES

Foresight is about developing challenging visions of the future, to ensure that today’s strategies and policies are effective.

Foresight is not about predicting the future, but a process of developing long-term options to underpin policy, planning, competitive positioning and decision-making.

There are a number of ways of gaining such insights. However, it usually requires the combination of different perspectives, a robust evidence base and the answering of complex questions.

Roadmapping and scenario planning

Roadmaps provide an extended future outlook drawn from the expertise of the stakeholders who are driving the change in that field.

Roadmapping is a flexible technique that can be used in many different applications. Roadmaps can also take many different forms. However, all roadmaps seek to answer three basic questions:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where are we going?
  • How can we get there?

Urban Foresight has developed roadmaps for multiple businesses, industry associations, local authorities and national governments around the world.