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“Research shows that we filter and ignore large amounts of information that reach our senses. While this filtering often serves us well by cutting through the clutter of irrelevant stimuli, it can also exclude essential information from our perception.” – Scanning the Periphery, George Day & Paul Schoemaker


Horizon or Environmental Scanning is the art of systematically exploring the external environment to better understand the nature and pace of change in that environment, and to identify potential opportunities, challenges, and likely future developments relevant to your organisation. Horizon Scanning explores both new, strange, and weird ideas, as well as persistent challenges and trends today. Scanning the environment is the feedstock for strategic thinking, innovation, risk and issues management.

Researchers and policy makers – Staying informed amidst the oversupply of information in the media, and identifying early signals of change, are some of the greatest challenges in making a valuable contribution to your organisation.

You are invited – The South African Node of the Millennium Project (www.sampnode.org) – part of a global futures think tank -- is presenting a two-day scanning workshop where you will learn:

  • how to systematically approach the unfolding future,
  • identify the driving forces (trends) shaping the future,
  • what horizon scanning is and how to implement it (the methods and practicalities of scanning), and
  • why we often miss essential information, and the future.

Hands up – If this sounds like the workshop you’ve been waiting for, contact us immediately as seating is strictly limited.

To attend – If you are working in the field of policy making and research, contact Frieda le Roux on 082 742 4156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 3 August.

Be there – The Protea Hotel Balalaika, Sandton (www.balalaika.co.za) on Thursday and Friday, 16 and 17 August 2012

Attendance is free of charge. Only one candidate per organisation on a first-come-first-served basis. Only a limited number of attendees can be accommodated.



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