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Transformative foresight for the subaltern


Frontline Futures, a Nairobi-based consulting firm, specialises in helping organisations navigate complex challenges within the Triple Nexus (humanitarian aid, international development, and peacebuilding). By combining futures thinking with foresight, Frontline Futures provides comprehensive, innovative strategies that address the root causes of conflict and poverty, promoting sustainable development and peace. Their team of experts, led by founder Dr. Steven Lichty, leverages extensive experience and cutting-edge research to offer bespoke consulting services that empower organisations to make impactful decisions and create a more equitable, peaceful, and prosperous world.

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A range of services is provided for different clients. A free 30-minute consultation is offered to help discern what services might be beneficial.

  • Bespoke Foresight Frameworks

  • ​Cross-Cultural Foresight

  • ​Deep Dive Research

  • ​Foresight Audit

  • ​Horizon and Environment Scanning

  • Scenario Development

  • ​Strategic Foresight and Planning

  • ​Trauma-Informed, Healing-Centred, MHPSS-Focused Futures

  • ​Workshops and Trainings


There are many ways to describe the future. Futures typologies provide frameworks for understanding and envisioning the future. A

few examples include:

  • Alternative Futures

  • Decolonised Futures

  • Democratised Futures

  • Participatory Futures

  • Possible, Probable, Problematic, and Preferrable

  • Trauma-Informed Futures

  • Wild Card Futures

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Transformative foresight focuses on creating fundamental systemic change by envisioning and bringing about significant transformations, while strategic foresight aims to enhance decision-making within existing frameworks. The former encourages radical, visionary thinking and broad participation to empower and mobilize stakeholders, while the latter focuses on identifying emerging trends and opportunities to inform strategic planning. Although distinct in scope and objectives, these approaches can complement each other by broadening horizons and grounding ambitious visions in actionable strategies.

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