The first multilateral "Mutual learning" workshop was held in Seville on the 2nd of December 2005.
This workshop aimed to take a fresh look at the impact of Foresight and set the debate within the broader context of insights into new forms of policy-making.
Eleven experienced Foresight practitioners participated in the workshop.
The main messages resulting from this workshop may be summarised as:
- The functions Foresight can perform for policy-making, which include:
- Informing policy (providing anticipatory intelligence to inform decision-making)
- Improving policy processes (increasing the transparency and legitimacy of policy-making)
- Policy facilitating (improving acceptance and support for policy objectives, improving the ability of actors to react to change)
- It is vital to be clear which function is being pursued and how. It might be most appropriate to address different functions in different phases. It should be explored whether Foresight can go a step further and support policy making more concretely in strategy building.