Singapore has never enjoyed the luxury of not planning for the future. Our acute awareness of our vulnerability as an accidental nation with few natural resources makes planning a deep part of our national DNA. But we also understand that we cannot predict the future – and therefore, cannot always perfectly plan for it. That doesn’t mean we bury our heads in the sand and resign ourselves to being constantly surprised. My presentation will cover the evolution of Singapore’s journey in strategic foresight, and share some of the big challenges we face over the next two decades.
Jeanette Kwek is deputy head of the Centre for Strategic Futures and assistant director for Strategy Group in the Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore.