The profiles of the team members are critical factor for the success of the exercise. Therefore when starting a Foresight exercise thought needs to be given to the question of what kind of people are needed on the project team. To find the right people it might be necessary to use training, get outside advice or recruit people from other areas.
The skills and profiles of the project team (including the coordinator) need to include:
- The ability to work in multidisciplinary teams;
- Imagination and creativity;
- The ability to think in terms of a long-term future (e.g. what values might change in a community between now and 2020?);
- The ability to stimulate dialogue, and often radical thought, amongst all individuals involved in the process of Foresight;
- The ability manage complex projects;
- The ability to mediate diplomatically between different interest groups such as the client, steering committee, and other stakeholders without losing sight of the objectives of the exercise;
- The flexibility to adapt the process to needs.
In most cases it will be impossible (and unnecessary) to have all the necessary skills and competencies needed during the exercise within the project team. The coordinator should assess early on what skills and competencies are needed at various stages within the exercise and decide on how to secure these.
[Under construction: include elements from interviews... ]