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SFI recently released Toward More Resilient Futures: Putting Foresight Into Practice, a document highlighting the value and utility of thinking strategically about the future. The aim of this highly visual document is to help bridge the gap between the theory and practice of strategic foresight. We want our readers to explore the future by immersing themselves in the big issues driving change and to discover real world examples of how individuals and organizations are taking forward-leaning action to enhance disaster resilience.

While SFI’s earlier work centered on a deep analysis of future needs, Toward More Resilient Futures is more practical in focus. The document spotlights competing viewpoints for how recent trends in the economy, environment, technology and security may affect government and disaster management in the near future. It also highlights projects, individuals, and organizations that are pushing the bounds of current thinking and action around emergency management.

In the upcoming webinar, “Putting Foresight Into Practice”, we will continue the conversation about what it means to apply strategic foresight. Through a panel discussion between several Whole Community innovators whose projects are highlighted in Toward More Resilient Futures, this webinar, to be held on June 13, 2013 from 1:30-3:30pm EDT, will explore the future of disaster resilience, and show how a long-term perspective can help us develop the capabilities, tools, and partnerships to solve problems—today, and in the future. 

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SFI Overview

The world is changing in ways that can have major effects on the emergency management community. Thinking more broadly and over a longer timeframe will help us understand these changes and their potential impacts. FEMA launched the Strategic Foresight initiative (SFI) to promote broader and longer term thinking on those changes and their effects.

SFI also serves as a tool to develop strategies and plans. By understanding the potential future environment, organizations can better understand and anticipate risk and take advantage of opportunities. For example, SFI has identified new requirements and emerging capabilities. This information can support decisions about investments, planning efforts, and exercises. SFI can also help establish a research agenda for the field of emergency management.

The SFI Community and FEMA

FEMA is but one member of the emergency management community. SFI exists due to the participation of a diverse network of more than 900 individuals from across the United States and the international community. Since 2010, SFI has engaged all levels of government, non-profits, businesses, and individuals. The SFI community spans a broad range of fields and disciplines, and includes both emergency management professionals and members of the general public.

FEMA is dedicated to creating space for collaboration and dialogue around the future of disaster management and our community’s future strategic needs. To this end, SFI has and will continue to use various media, virtual collaboration tools, and in-person meetings or conferences to promote engagement. We invite you to get involved or deepen your engagement with SFI by joining our Network, attending a webinar, or contacting us with specific questions, requests, feedback or ideas.


These documents reflect some of the research, collaboration and insights we have received from the SFI community. Please feel free to contact us with input or questions. 


Highlights from the Strategic Foresight Initiative, recap and outlook for 2013 and beyond - May 2013

Progress Report Highlight the 2010-2011 Insights of the Strategic Foresight Initiative - January 2012

Project overview and status, initiative insights from research, analysis and workshops, and a list of strategic needs developed during the July 2011 SFI Workshop

High-level overview of SFI findings for a variety of topics affecting the future of Emergency Management


  • Upcoming Webinar! Putting Foresight Into PracticeJune 13, 1:30-3:30pm EDT - Free and open to the public.

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  • SFI Overview - February 2012


Driver Papers
Social, Environmental and Technological Trends that could effect the future of Emergency Management

The SFI Team

Since SFI aims to engage a large and diverse audience, communication takes on many forms. The SFI Team, based out of the FEMA Office of Policy and Program Analysis (OPPA), supports communication through an online collaboration space, in-person meetings, conference calls, and other means.

  • Tim Baden, Director, Strategic Planning and Analysis Division
  • Adolfo “Sonny” Trevino, Strategic Planning and Analysis Division
  • Tyler Corson-Rikert, Strategic Planning and Analysis Division

Contact Us

To join the SFI Network or send us your questions or comments, please email


Last Updated: 
07/11/2014 - 21:01
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