The COVID pandemic in 2020, coupled by other global disruptions such as social unrest, changes in the geo-political environment, political polarization, and many others has heightened the need to plan for an uncertain environment. The practice of strategic foresight –made popular by the Shell corporation in the 1970s – has recently seen a surge in demand as organizations now see the need to plan for the many surprises that could affect their future.
LBL provides experienced foresight practitioners – experienced in not just talking about the future, but skilled at how to apply this practice to deliver results… actionable results….and then show how they feed into strategic planning.
We will help your organization by:
Leading and facilitating a custom Scenario-Based Planning workshop
Crafting, with your personnel, tailored alternative future worlds, based on key drivers for your organization
Facilitating discussions to elicit capabilities needed to succeed
Aligning teams and individuals behind the skill of “futuring” to enhance agility in the organization
Ensuring strategic priorities are aligned to and drive the right outcomes
Bridging the gap between strategy and foresight applying tools to effectively analyze many possible futures, their needed capabilities, and priorities
Leveraging an agile foresight system to guide effective decision-making
Cultivating a strategy-focused organization, driven by deliberate thought and consideration of the possible futures that could unfold
The Strategic Foresight Library
Recent work and news related to strategic foresight and scenario-based planning.
Meet the Scenario-Based Planning Consultant
Vice President, Strategic Foresight
Robin L. Champ is a visionary leader in strategic foresight and strategy management, currently serving as the Vice President, Strategic Foresight at LBL Strategies. With a distinguished career spanning key roles in both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Secret Service, Robin brings unparalleled expertise to the table.
Retired as the Chief of the Enterprise Strategy Division at the United States Secret Service, Robin led the organization's foresight and strategic planning efforts. Notably, she also co-chaired the Federal Foresight Community of Interest, showcasing her commitment to advancing foresight practices across government.
Prior to her tenure at USSS, Robin served as the Chief of the Global Futures Office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). There, she developed a pioneering methodology encompassing stakeholder interviews, scenario-based planning, SWOT analysis, policy analysis, and crowdsourcing. This approach formed the bedrock of the Agency's Strategic Plan, solidifying Robin's reputation as a thought leader in the field.
Robin's influence extended even further at DTRA, where she led the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD). Through strategic studies and dialogues, she addressed critical national security and CWMD challenges, forging collaborations with esteemed institutions like the National Defense University and the U.S. Air Force Institute for National Security Studies.
Her tenure at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) saw her at the forefront of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, where she played a pivotal role as the DLA Lead. Notably, Robin authored the DLA Transformation Roadmap and served as the Program Manager for DLA's Balanced Scorecard, leaving an indelible mark on the agency's strategic trajectory.
In addition to her official positions, Ms. Champ is a U.S. Army proclaimed “Mad Scientist, and also serves as an “Expert in Residence” for Toffler Associates.
Robin's illustrious career has earned her accolades, including a commendation from the Vice President of the United States, and the prestigious DTRA Director's Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Advertising from the University of Maryland, where she graduated at the pinnacle of her Advertising class. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from NDU's Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executive Fellows program.
A sought-after keynote speaker on foresight, Robin has graced numerous forums, including the International Association for Strategy Professionals, Federal Foresight Community of Interest, Palladium Strategy Summit, National Defense University, American Society of Microbiology, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy National Labs, OPM’s Federal Executive Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).