Introducing the FORESIGHT Initiative | Re-designing the Future of Health
If you ask today’s analysts about the future of health, you’ll get a dismal response. They project runaway health care costs, inadequate health outcomes, and persistent health disparities for decades to come. The question is: are we just going to let that happen? A group of 17 cutting-edge health philanthropists from across the nation, including Alliance Healthcare Foundation, isn’t ready to throw in the towel. We recognize that we’ve all been too heavily focused on solving the problems of a system that no longer serves us well rather than challenging ourselves to envision and articulate the kind of system we really need. Finding a way out of our current system can seem next to impossible, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it our best effort.
That’s why we’ve organized FORESIGHT, a three-year initiative to work collectively with leaders from other sectors, as well as residents from our respective regions, to (1) develop a new vantage point on our system for health and well-being, and (2) use that new vantage point as the basis for new thinking and action. We believe that working backwards from the future, with a new appreciation for what’s to come, will help us get “unstuck.” Only then will we be able to generate an imaginative and equitable vision for a new system for health and well-being where all people are thriving, and gain a solid understanding of what it would take to establish it. FORESIGHT is an opportunity to focus on resetting the way we think, first. And we’re open to whatever new vantage point we might find.
We invite you to learn more about FORESIGHT’s process by exploring our website. And, tune into the blog at the top of the home page throughout September and October to learn about and discuss the 9 game changers that FORESIGHT futurists have found have major potential to significantly impact the United States in the short term (~10 years) and long term (~50 years). It’s an opportunity for you to contribute to FORESIGHT’s dialogue about these game changers, which—alongside residents’ aspirations and insights from other stakeholders—will inform the development of 3-5 distinct future scenarios (stories that will provoke our imaginations so we can better envision our future).
Right now, it’s all about gathering the various building blocks that will help us build the new vantage point. The game changers aren’t an end. Instead they are one input into the shared body of knowledge we are building to get foresight about the system we need. We’ll report back about another input—early insights from residents—and invite your participation by encouraging you to share your own aspirations for the future a part of a large scale process that begins in January 2020. Later, we’ll share a third input—what we are learning together as we explore scenarios of possible futures. And next summer, we’ll have news about the different vantage point, or foresight, the building blocks are creating, and the new visions for the future of health that this foresight is bringing about.
About FORESIGHT. FORESIGHT is an initiative of The Rippel Foundation, created in partnership with Blue Shield of California Foundation, and actively supported by forward-thinking national and regional philanthropic partners. Visit www.foresightforhealth.org