Nominations are now open for the Walkabout Prizes to celebrate the curiosity and sense of exploration of younger future practitioners.
There are two Walkabout Prizes available for individuals or small teams who are advocating for futures thinking and change in their community. Launched in 2020 and returning for a third year to showcase the work of 18-25-year-olds, the Walkabout Prizes highlight the curiosity and sense of exploration in younger futures practitioners and activists.
You should have an interest in translating new future-focused ideas into action in service to you community. You should have a willingness to become an ambassador for futures.
- Two winners will each receive a USD 1,000 prize to help translate new future-focused ideas into action in service to their community
- Benefit from scanning training and mentoring support
- Become an NGFP Fellow and receive mentoring and support from SOIF and judges. Fellows are invited to join an annual meeting in Brussels.
What they would like you to do with the prizes?
- They are open to any ideas you might have about how you would like to use the prize money, but they are in particular looking for ideas that will:
- Drive participation and help build future awareness in your community
- Help translate new ideas into action, or support innovation and new products
- Support leadership in service to your community
- Identify new and novel ways to communicate and identify emerging issues
- Demonstrate how you will take on a role as a futures ambassador in your community
- Winners will be supported through mentorship from SOIF or the network of judges and partners, with quarterly check-ins, and training in how to scan for weak signals from experts in the field. They will ask the winners to provide quarterly updates on emerging weak signals in your community and to produce a short report at the end of the year that can be shared with the sensing network.
- The Walkabout Prizes are open to anyone aged between 18 and 25.
- Applications are welcome from anyone who considers themselves a foresight practitioner – and is taking a futures approach to their work to explore and understand the impacts of longer-term factors and drivers of change, to better understand how different futures might evolve, and to generate insights for decisions made today.
- They imagine that you will be early in your careers, studying or new to foresight, but you should be committed to putting people at the heart of the future, with a focus on impact and purpose.
For more information, visit https://nextgenforesight.org/walkabout-prizes/