The Partos Future Exploration
The Future Exploration consists of a strategic, creative and participatory process to define dynamic and adaptive future pathways that can withstand uncertain and complex futures.
Co-exploring the future
In 2018 Partos undertook a so-called transformative exploration of the future of the broader (Dutch) development sector. In the spring of 2021, we initiated a new future exploration, this time tailored towards Partos and its members. This exploration consists of a strategic, creative and participatory process to define dynamic and adaptive future pathways that can withstand uncertain and complex futures. These pathways are designed together with members of Partos and the process was facilitated by Butterfly Works, Fonkeling and the Resilience lab of TU Delft.
This joint process was launched at the April 2021 General Members Assembly and then kickstarted with a workshop on the key features of such dynamic and adaptive future pathways. In interactive sessions, we have explored in more depth important themes like Shifting the Power, Shrinking civic space, Digital challenges and opportunities, Funding and financing for development, Engagement and inclusion, Climate change and migration. A members valuation survey also contributed to this trajectory. In October, at the Partos Innovation Festival, we showcased innovations related to our new roadmap. The final results in the form of the Roadmap are presented to the General Members Assembly in November 2021.
A roadmap to explore the future
The main outcome of this exploration is a roadmap to explore the future. This roadmap consists of a number of critical focus domains, accompanied by a series of activities that Partos undertakes for and together with its members. For each domain, several future triggers are defined that will function as, metaphorically speaking, ‘beacons in the fog’, shedding light on and guiding the way for potential future pathways.
Future Brief Series
In addition to the roadmap, Partos collaborated with the Broker on the development of a series of Future Briefs on emerging issues in development cooperation to provide an overview of insights and offer guidance in the quest for relevant knowledge.
Podcast series: innovators on the future of development
As part of the Partos Future Exploration, Partos and Disrupt Development embark on a journey to seek answers. We voice development professionals from Partos members, front-running innovators and disruptors and dive into the ins- and outs of the future of development and its implications for Partos.