At the Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF), we network in order to infuse our thinking with new perspectives to guide policy-making in the Singapore government and better prepare ourselves for the future. These perspectives can be in terms of process – new foresight and risk methodologies – or content. We interact and exchange views with a wide range of people to help us uncover biases and blind spots for Singapore, and generate new insights about our operating environment.
CSF meets over 200 thought leaders yearly through incoming visits, overseas trips, paid consultancies, interviews and curated events. We also meet regularly with futurists from various parts of the Singapore government to share best practices and build up the practice of foresight within government.
Distinguished Visitors Programme
Introduced in 2014, the Distinguished Visitors Programme brings thought leaders to Singapore to engage in extensive discussions with senior decision makers in the Public Service.
In 2015, our Distinguished Visitor was Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in Economics of Innovation at the University of Sussex and author of The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs private sector myths.
Our Distinguished Visitors in 2014 were:
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Black Swan and Antifragile, and Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, New York University
- Richard Bookstaber, author of Option Pricing and Strategies in Investing and A Demon of Our Own Design and expert in financial risk management
Distinguished International Fellows Programme
The Distinguished International Fellows Programme was set up to recognise long-time contacts of CSF who add value to our work by giving inputs to our practice of foresight, or help expand our networks. In 2014, CSF awarded the Fellowship to two such individuals for a two-year term:
- Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning for Salesforce.com
- Richard O’Neill, President of the Highlands Group
Other key contacts we had the privilege of working with in 2014 include:
- Paul Light, New York University Wagner’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and former Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
- Catherine Fieschi, Director of United Kingdom think-tank Counterpoint and former helm of the think-tank of the British Council
- Allan Gyngell, Visiting Fellow at the National Security College and former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments of Australia
Initiated in 2015, CSF Fellows engages Ph.D. students from local universities in specific research projects. Besides tapping on their expertise, the CSF aims to provide opportunities to network with local academic institutions, carving the path for future collaborations based on mutual research interests. Examples of work carried out by the students would be conducting ethnographic interviews and subsequently analysing the results and implications in order to add to strategic planning.