METUMO (Forest-based bioeconomy, foresight and futures knowledge)

02.09.2021 - 31.03.2022

Project

METUMO project seeks for tailor-made solutions how the forest-based sector organizations can utilize foresight and futures information in their daily work.

Funder(s)

Main funder

Metsämiesten Säätiö s.r.

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There is, perhaps more than ever, data and information available about the future: several research organizations, ministries, stakeholder organizations and companies assess the forest-based sector developments as well as scan horizons of the future bioeconomy. The operating environment of the forest-based sector organizations, however, is complex and the future seems to become ever more challenging to foresee.

  • Foresight research and analysis of the future stem from different background definitions, thus, how to read the foresight reports, and which questions are crucial to be asked in order to make best out of the futures data and information?
  • Trends, weak signals and scenarios are investigated in several organizations for their strategy processes, but how to use and further elaborate this information in one’s own work?
  • Overall, what kind of data and information is there available about the future(s), and how to digest it for the needs of one’s own organization or the cooperation networks?
  • Future cannot be known, thus, what should we know about that?

For example such questions will be explored in the project. The project will not produce new foresight data but, instead, provides the forest-based sector organizations with opportunities to improve their futures thinking, and learn how to apply the information provided by foresight research in one’s own work. The target is to develop new capabilities and contribute to futures preparedness of individual employees, organizations as well as the forest-based sector as a whole.

The project is based on learning one from another: academic futures research or extensive foresight reports do not suffice in creating knowledge needed in the forest-based bioeconomy and directing it towards a sustainable future. Futures thinking necessitates co-learning, application of foresight information as well as continuous observation of the operating environment changes.

In the METUMO project the University of the Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences and the Finland Futures Research Centre in the University of Turku introduce futures research tools and methods for the needs of the forest-based bioeconomy. Forest-based sector foresight will be described as a part of the overall foresight activities in Finland, and the futures research terminology and models will be translated into concrete examples of the forest-based sector. In the first stage of the project (2.9.2021-31.3.2022) altogether three new methods (“oivaltamo” in Finnish) will be experimented, and the second stage of the project seeks to pilot several methods for the practical needs of individual forest-based sector organizations in Finland.

The project is financed by the Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation  www.mmsaatio.fi

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Time period

02.09.2021 - 31.03.2022

Group members - UEF

Other group members

  • Katriina Siivonen
    Katriina Siivonen katriina.siivonen@utu.fi
  • Osku Haapasaari
    Osku Haapasaari osku.haapasaari@utu.fi

Cooperation partners