December 20, 2013

Season's Greetings from FSG

With the holidays upon us, FSG is catching its breath and taking stock of a busy and eventful year in strategy and scenario-planning work.

FSG continued a healthcare scenario-planning initiative in 2013 for a major national institution – the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME accredits the Residency Programs in America’s teaching hospitals and has a major responsibility for preparing doctors for the future of medicine. The scenarios we developed with the ACGME Core Team cover the range of plausible future healthcare environments and consider the enormous uncertainty surrounding the ultimate shape of the Affordable Care Act, among other drivers of the healthcare industry.  A series of client workshops are exploring implications for service delivery, business models, technology solutions, and medical education.

We continued to play a major support role in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) through our partnerships with Hassett Willis & Co.  Among other SFI activities, FSG contributed to the development of scenario-specific operating models, which help specify operational implications of alternative emergency- and disaster-management operating environments. 

FSG completed the first phase of a strategy engagement for a large and influential maritime organization in Latin America.  Future work will include developing long-term (20 to 30 years out), detailed scenarios that capture incipient changes and ongoing uncertainty in the global economy, with particular attention to trade relationships and supply chains.

This year we were proud to be a member of one of the winning teams for a NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Basic Ordering Agreement. Some of our teammates – LMI, the Prime, and NextGen Aerosciences – are old friends and we are pleased to be working with them again.

This past year we completed our 15th year supporting the Coast Guard’s long-term strategy process known as Project Evergreen.  The world was a different place when we started with the Coast Guard in 1998.  The 9/11 terror attacks had not happened. The U.S. had no troops deployed overseas in combat roles.  The economy was booming.  Evergreen was intended as an ongoing process for the Coast Guard to look over the horizon and think about, and plan for, new and unfamiliar operating environments. We take pride in having helped the Coast Guard anticipate the shocks and discontinuities of the last two decades.  And we derive great satisfaction from having worked side by side with some of the brightest and most dedicated public servants in the U.S. government.

Finally, in between client assignments, FSG managed to maintain a (somewhat) regular flow of new ideas and fresh thinking on a range of futures and scenario-related issues, thanks to Patrick Marren’s and others’ blog entries.  We’ll keep them coming in the New Year.  And we hope you visit us there, too.

Have a happy holiday.  And stay in touch.  We wish you and yours the very best.