LongView Consult is the profit arm of LongView group incorporated in 2015. It is Kenya’s premier strategic foresight firm that conducts research and policy analysis on topical socio-economic and political issues from a foresight perspective. We look at past and current trends, and consider – in a volatile, uncertain, complex, changing, and ambiguous environment – possible futures that can and should be planned for. Using this knowledge, we help communities, organizations, and governments think strategically about how to prepare for those eventualities. We do this through a variety of methods, including trends analysis, horizon scanning, systems mapping, and scenarios building. We work primarily in Africa on African issues. As the first firm to fully specialize in foresight in Kenya, we have set ourselves up as fore thinkers in a variety of key arenas.
LongView Futures Foundation (LVFF) is the non-profit arm of LongView group incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 2019. It was established to conduct public benefit foresight work on the African Continent. The first LVFF project is the Teach the Future Africa Foresight Lab to foster foresight literacy among young people in Africa. We believe that investing in Africa’s youth to be future-oriented will empower them to shape their personal and their communities’ futures. The project is set up in partnership with Teach the Future Global which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing foresight and future thinking to young people around the world. Our first cohort consists of 30 young people from 30 countries in Sub-Sahara Africa who will be learning for three hours every week for three months (10 weeks to be precise) to understand the basics of futures thinking. This first cohort begins learning in October 2020.
Through Socio-economic research and policy analysis, we build past and present knowledge in key areas.
Through various foresight techniques like brainstorming, systems analysis, futures wheels and scenarios building, we build understanding on why certain trends are occurring and establish their future implications. We then construct possible outcomes with the eventual aim of changing the course of future history.
We base our organizational strategy and development work on the principle of planning from the future to the present using strategic foresight methodologies such as back casting.
We enable learning, unlearning and relearning through facilitating brainstorming sessions and through project reviews and evaluations. We also publicly share knowledge products among key stakeholders through presentations, trainings and outreach.
We use the International Futures (IFs) model which is a data analytics tools Longview Consult uses to enable long- term data analysis, forecasting, and scenario building to facilitate thinking, analysis and strategic action.
- In Africa
- National Governments
- Sub-National Governments
- Local Organizations
- International Organizations