Some of the characteristics of foresight compared to other classical approaches is that it aims to take a long-term view, analyse breaking trends and articulate forward-looking reflections, focused on present action. Foresight is a participatory process of building a medium- and long-term vision for decision-making.
The use of strategic foresight prepares companies and territories for change. But also, and no less importantly, it prepares the people who are part of them. It allows companies and territories to integrate long-term thinking and possible changes of all kinds (social, technological, cultural, demographic, economic) that will affect them and that they will have to take into account in their strategy and planning process.