The  Hungarian  Technology  Foresight  Programme  was  launched  in  1997  to  identify market  opportunities  and  exploitable  technologies  over  the  next  15-20  years  thus  increasing the competitiveness of Hungary and improving the quality of life. Another primary objective of the programme is to facilitate dialogue within as well as between professional communities and  to  communicate  the  findings  of  this  discourse  to  the  public.  In  a  country  in  transition where  neither  such  interactions  nor  these  communities  existed  earlier  in  their  present  form, foresight is to fulfil a mission, indeed.

Experience  of  the  first  stage  of  the  Hungarian  Technology  Foresight  Programme  has shown  that  communication  between  experts,  business  people  and  government  officials  still needs  to  be  improved.  The  presentation  is  aimed  at  concentrating  on  the  barriers  to communication.  The  paper  begins  by  identifying  general  obstacles  to  communication.  The first and utmost problem with foresight in a country having long history of central planning is the  understanding  of  the  method.  Thus  foresight  itself,  that  requires  an  approach  different from what has long been practised in this country, has been proven to be the first obstacle.

Having discussed the “inherent” difficulties of foresight in a post-communist country, the presentation will look at the interdependence of the organisational setting and the success of the programme as an intermediator and consensus-builder. 

Working  for  the  Hungarian  Technology  Foresight  Programme,  I  have  been  participated in panel and Steering Group meetings. Furthermore, I am also involved in the dissemination and  implementation  of  the  programme.  Therefore,  my  presentation  will  be  based  on  my experience gained during the foresight process.





 

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Shaping partnership foresight as a facifitator of co-operation in a country of central europe

Ildikó Szalai Szűcs   Hungarian Technology Foresight Programme

The  Hungarian  Technology  Foresight  Programme  was  launched  in  1997  to  identify market  opportunities  and  exploitable  technologies  over  the  next  15-20  years  thus  increasing the competitiveness of Hungary and improving the quality of life. Another primary objective of the programme is to facilitate dialogue within as well as between professional communities and  to  communicate  the  findings  of  this  discourse  to  the  public.  In  a  country  in  transition where  neither  such  interactions  nor  these  communities  existed  earlier  in  their  present  form, foresight is to fulfil a mission, indeed.

Experience  of  the  first  stage  of  the  Hungarian  Technology  Foresight  Programme  has shown  that  communication  between  experts,  business  people  and  government  officials  still needs  to  be  improved.  The  presentation  is  aimed  at  concentrating  on  the  barriers  to communication.  The  paper  begins  by  identifying  general  obstacles  to  communication.  The first and utmost problem with foresight in a country having long history of central planning is the  understanding  of  the  method.  Thus  foresight  itself,  that  requires  an  approach  different from what has long been practised in this country, has been proven to be the first obstacle.

Having discussed the “inherent” difficulties of foresight in a post-communist country, the presentation will look at the interdependence of the organisational setting and the success of the programme as an intermediator and consensus-builder. 

Working  for  the  Hungarian  Technology  Foresight  Programme,  I  have  been  participated in panel and Steering Group meetings. Furthermore, I am also involved in the dissemination and  implementation  of  the  programme.  Therefore,  my  presentation  will  be  based  on  my experience gained during the foresight process.





 

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