Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) April Newsletter

In our last newsletter we introduced the SFI Online Dialogue on Idea Scale ( and were pleased to see the increase in discussions. Our goal is to provide you with a platform to engage in a meaningful dialogue around strategic foresight and planning that leads to the implementation of the strategic needs identified by the SFI. Throughout 2012, SFI is focusing on three main areas: 1) Expand and share research, 2) Apply SFI findings and 3) Continue to engage stakeholders.

You can actively contribute to advancing the SFI by:

  1. Engaging in the online dialogue through Idea Scale
  2. Joining us at one of our upcoming interactive presentations
  3. Sharing how you applied the SFI’s key findings (strategic needs and drivers of change) in your planning or operations, as well as any challenges you have experienced in applying the findings.

The SFI team is presenting at the following venues:

  • Tuesday, May 3 – National Homeland Security Consortium, Washington, DC
  • Tuesday, May 3 – National Science and Technology Council, Disaster Reduction Subcommittee meeting, Washington, DC
  • Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10 – FEMA Exhibit at the National VOAD Conference, Norfolk, VA
  • Thursday, May 24 – 2012 National UASI Homeland Security Conference, Columbus, OH
  • Wednesday, June 6 – Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD

Additionally, we plan to schedule a conference call in May (details forthcoming) to discuss and explore the following strategic needs classified as “Essential Capabilities”, to include the following:

  1. Develop emergency management capabilities to address dynamic and unprecedented shifts in local and regional population characteristics and migratory flows.
  2. Infuse emergency management principles and life skills across the entire educational experience to empower individuals to assume more responsibility.
  3. Leverage volunteer capabilities across all emergency management phases.

We appreciate your continued support and involvement with SFI. As always, please feel free to contact the SFI Team with questions, comments, or concerns.

Thank you,

Tim Baden

Division Director, FEMA Strategic Planning and Analysis

SFI Website:

SFI Articles on the FEMA Blog:

“Preparing for the Future of Emergency Management”

“Trends & Info: Preparing for the Future of Emergency Management”

“Foresight and Prediction: Preparing for the Future of Emergency Management”

“Importance of Thinking Global & Acting Local in Emergency Management”