KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY: Slippery concept,but does point to trends with major implication for Living and Working Conditions(Services, ICT and Infosoc, learning organisations, innovation, globalisation, etc.)
FORESIGHT: Relevant Approach for Knowledge Society; combines elements of futures, policy analysis, networking; family of approaches and tools rather than one single method; choice very much bound to purposes (e.g. technocratic vs democratic; focus of analysis and action)
METHODOLOGY: Need to open the “black box”, demystify the craft; focus on more than just forecasting methods, including the dynamics and process of conducting Foresight - managing, planning, participation, using
Foresight’s triple base Fore-sight Futures Plan-ning Network-ing Foresight Informing and legitimising action, establishing preparedness Sharing visions. Exchanging knowledge, mutual understanding... Identifying indicators and determining goals, evaluation processes and mechanisms Strategic action plans Planning tools and techniques, priority setting, etc. Futures reports, scenarios, forecasts and visions Futures methods, forecasting techniques, modelling & visionary approaches, etc. Broadening participation, establishing and reinforcing networks Networking tools and techniques, groupwork and facilitation, survey approaches, etc.