Strategic Foresight in Peace Practice: Experiences from the Field


Thematic Track: Harnessing technologies to build a better future

Strategic Foresight in Peace Practice: Experiences from the Field

CMI - Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, CyberPeace Institute
  • 02/11/2023 @ 11:00 - 12:30
  • GCSP- Conference Room 5th floor (pétale 4)

This workshop is designed to leverage the power of foresight in peace practice, focusing on sharing practical examples from the field combining them with an interactive, digital technology enabled exercise with the audience. The examples drawn from practice are descriptive of both the opportunities and challenges related to digital technology in relation to foresight methodologies used within the two organisations.  

Foresight as a method used in peace practice allows the participants to include in their strategic programming a more profound analysis of present challenges and future possibilities. To set the context, the organizers will share their respective experience in building foresight related capabilities, both internally (by developing tools and skills) and externally (via dedicated workstreams and engaging with diverse partners).

To facilitate future-oriented thinking and engage participants around foresight methodology, the workshop is then centred around a participatory assessment of digital technology related drivers affecting and shaping the potential futures of peace mediation. To assist with the process, we will use digital tools that the organisers have used in their foresight activities. For example, CMI has had a long and positive experience using Inclus, which is a data collection, analytics, and visualisation platform. The use of Inclus would allow the visualisation and better understanding of potential outcomes, enhancing collective strategic decision-making. 

Future oriented exercises provide the participants a safe space to explore contentious issues without hardening current positions. Through this workshop, we aim to guide the participants to think more abstractly about present challenges and collaboratively envision a shared future. The joint/collective exploration of potential scenarios fosters constructive dialogue, enabling us to build a shared vision for peace. 

In order to contribute to the exercise, please bring your own mobile device. 


  • Francesca Bosco, Chief Strategy Officer, CyberPeace Institute 
  • Johanna Poutanen, Head of Women in Peacemaking & Digital Peacemaking, CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation 
  • Aino Piirtola, Project Officer, Digital Peacemaking, CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation