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Catarina Tully in the launch of the Chilean Council of Foresight and Strategy

Abstract: Pablo Iriarte

The international expert Catarina Tully, from the School of International Futures (United Kingdom), participated in the launch of the Chilean Council of Foresight and Strategy (ChCFE), held on September 24 at Raúl Prebisch’s conference room of ECLAC. In her speech Tully celebrated the formation of the council by stating that the link between the concepts of strategy and foresight were "music” to her ears. With vast experience in strategic planning and its relation with the actors responsible for decision making, Tully stressed the importance of "changing the present by thinking about the future". This is especially important in a time of uncertainty and crisis when it becomes more difficult, but also more necessary, to consider the future in order to "impact the present" and "create change".

On a didactic style, Tully presented to the audience three principles for foresight and strategy:

1. Engaging with the future systematically is a fundamental aspect of 21st century political leadership. In this sense, thinking about the future is the main concern of governance in a complex world that demands leadership and participation.

2. Foresight exercises are only useful if they create change -and do this by putting the decision and decision-maker at the heart of the foresight process. Here the challenge is to link reflection and decision making. To do this the first should be approached from the point of view of the second, in order to achieve better decisions for the present.

3. Foresight is a journey you are on with other people. Since the impact sought is “that people do thing differently”, the promotion of networks and relationships aligned in thinking about the future is critical. To generate a common vision is the most demanding part of reflection, that is why it must be considered a participatory challenge.

Tully remarked the potentials and challenges for the ChCFE now that foresight thinking about the role of the country in the world in needed. She also highlighted the visionary leadership of Sergio Bitar as president of the Council.

Finally, Tully stressed the importance of participatory foresight dialogue to define a vision for Chile in 2030, a country "that is truly sustainable, truly equal and truly one in which we all can prosper".

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