BFI is conducting a number of targeted foresight inquiries using a Global Laboratory approach. The Global Laboratory is a process that asks specific policy questions that a number of countries and communities internationally are also asking- an interpretive community of interest. It seeks to understand what emerging issues and trends are for this community of interest, as well as what nations and communities are pioneering breakthrough policy responses in relation to the targeted inquiry.

The Global Laboratory includes the use of:

  • Syndicated reports and information from inquiry partners
  • Facilitated on-line dialogs between inquiry partners
  • Collection of useful RSS feeds, blogs and podcasts
  • Delphi surveys to understand the emerging futures of inquiry areas
  • Collaboration with inquiry partners on futures research

Inquiry partners can come from governments, NGOs, IGOs, research centres and other agencies and organizations with critical interest in the inquiry topics.

The research distinguishes between evaluation of innovative policies being trialed and applied, and policy ideation.