Philippines Foresight Workshop Series



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Applications are now being accepted for the Philippines Foresight Workshop Series, hosted by the East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA) and the US Embassy Manila.  The first workshop for residents of Metro Manila, the Cordillera Administrative Region and Northern Luzon will take place in Manila City on March 24-28, 2020 and the second workshop for Davao region residents will take place in Davao City on March 31-April 4, 2020.  Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020!  



Workshop #1: March 24-28, 2020 (National Capital Region, Cordillera Region and Northern Luzon participants only)

Workshop #2: March 31-April 4, 2020 (Davao Region and Eastern Mindanao participants only)


Manila City, Philippines (Workshop #1), Davao City, Philippines (Workshop #2)


24 Filipino professionals (particularly communications professionals) for each workshop, ages 22-35, who reside in Northern Luzon, the Cordillera Administrative Region, the National Capital Region or Eastern Mindanao.


Workshop participants will take a critical and informed look at some of the biggest issues impacting human security in the Philippines, including environmental management, public safety, and citizen engagement. These issues will be considered within the current and future contexts of US-Philippines relations, global geopolitics, and the challenges of disinformation.

Questions to be explored in the workshop will include: What are the possible futures of US-Philippines relations? What drivers and trends might shape those futures? What could these futures mean for Filipinos who work in the communications/media field? What futures do Filipinos prefer? Workshop participants will learn and apply foresight tools and develop reframed views of future US-Philippine relations.

The workshops are open to young Filipino professionals who reside in either the National Capital Region, Northern Luzon, the Cordillera Administrative Region, or Eastern Mindanao, especially professionals working in the communications field aged 22-35 with direct experience in one or more of the following topic areas:

  • Strategic and/or behavior change communications
  • Environment and natural resource management
  • Public safety and security
  • US-Philippines relations
  • Global geopolitics
  • Media and disinformation

Selected participants will be reimbursed for local transport costs (i.e. bus fare) to and from the workshop venue. All lodging and meals costs will be covered by the organizers.



You are:

  • 22 to 35 years of age
  • Experienced in one of the following topic areas: strategic and/or behavior change communications, environment and natural resource management, public safety and security, US-Philippines relations and global geopolitics, and media and disinformation.
  • Available and committed to complete the entire workshop.


  • Experienced communications professional or specialist.
  • Expert in identifying disinformation ("fake news") as a communications professional.
  • Founder or advocate of an initiative related to the workshop topic areas.
  • Experience running for political office or as a key member of a political campaign.


  • Prepare for the workshop by reviewing pre-conference materials.
  • Be an active and engaged participant in all sessions.
  • Publish an article post-event (i.e. blog, local newspaper, or online) as a way to share and spread the workshop futures brand, lessons learned, and foresight in the Philippines.
  • Commit to organizing a foresight session in your organization or community after the conference, using the tools and experience from the workshop.
  • Become an active member of the East-West Center and the U.S. Department of State Alumni Community upon completion of the workshop.


March 15, 2020 at 23:59 Philippines time



For any questions related to the application process, please e-mail

If you have trouble applying online, please click HERE to complete a PDF application and e-mail the application and additional required attachments to with "Philippines Foresight Workshop Series" in the subject line of the e-mail.