We’re so excited that our founder and director Jessica Clark has published takeways from her residency as a futurist at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. While at the foundation, Jessica focused on understanding models for futuremaking that emphasize belonging, justice, and creativity.

In her article, she notes: “Everyone seems to be constantly asking: What’s in these evolving trends for me and my work? But more often, it seems, we should be asking the questions: Who is developing these technologies? Who are they being developed for? What are the trade-offs? What do they mean for our organizations, for the philanthropic field, or for those facing structural racism?” Read the whole article here.

She’ll be talking more about her work with the Foundation this weekend at SXSW. Get a preview of the panel in this conversation she had with fellow futurist Trista Harris.

Meanwhile, the larger philanthropic field is publicly recognizing the value of futures thinking. A recent Chronicle of Philanthropy article highlights the emerging trend of incorporating futures tools and methodologies that can help foundations “prepare for climate and demographic change, emerging technologies, and threats to democracy.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Democracy Fund, two of DCS’s futuremaking clients, are featured in the article. It’s great to see that philanthropy is ready to move out of three-to-five year strategy plans and embracing futures thinking, and we can’t wait to see how the field evolves.