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Horizon Scanning Project

> Read Horizon Scan, the latest newsletter of Searchlight Southern Africa.

> Find out about the Searchlight Southern Africa Project.

> Learn more about horizon scanning.

> Discover who else is involved in the global Searchlight initiative.

> Contact the Searchlight Southern Africa Project.

> Get involved.


'Horizon Scan' -- the newsletter of Searchlight Southern Africa

Get the May 2011 issue of Horizon Scan now.


About Searchlight Southern Africa

  • Horizon or environmental scanning is the job of Searchlight Southern Africa, another South Africa Node initiative.
  • Searchlight Southern Africa is a horizon scanning and trend monitoring service for globalisation-related issues in the Southern African region.
  • Ten countries are included in the project's scope: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Countries beyond this group of ten are considered, too, when relevant.
  • Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, it contributes to the Rockefeller Foundation’s international Searchlight initiative.
  • What the project does:
    • Monitors journals, newspapers, books, grey literature and e-texts in, from and about the region.
    • Aggregates trend information on a monthly basis.
    • Shares this knowledge with futurists' networks.
    • Tracks trends that include:
      • Poverty.
      • Development and donors.
      • Economics.
      • Politics.
      • Environment.
      • Social development.
      • Science, technology and innovation.


Searchlight across the globe

Searchlight Southern Africa, an initiative of the South Africa Node of the Millennium Project, is part of a global network.

Searchlight across the globe


Learn more about horizon scanning

"We need a better understanding of the present, not just the future, and for that reason horizon scanning is a sense-making tool for understanding better the complexity of the present and also the future," says Tanja Hichert, scenario planning practitioner and futurist, and owner-director of Hichert and Associates.

Here are useful links to information about horizon scanning:

> A Slideshare presentation on horizon scanning from a research methods festival in Oxford.
> From Shaping Tomorrow, a practical foresight guide.
> An example of how horizon scanning is used for thinking critically about the UK's jobs market of tomorrow.
> The South Africa Node of the Millennium Project's 2010 presentation on horizon scanning, the Searchlight Project and futures research.


Contact Searchlight Southern Africa

You can get hold of Searchlight Southern Africa in the following ways:

  • Email: Click on this link to open an online email form -- and Tanja Hichert, from Hichert and Associates Pty (Ltd), will get back to you.
  • Landline: +27 21 8555 839.
  • Mobile: +27 82 576 6429.


Get involved

Futurologists, scenario planners, futurists -- experienced and enthusiastic -- who want to contribute to Searchlight Southern Africa should get hold of Tanja Hichert by email.


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