As a co-founder of The School of International Futures (SOIF), Cat has recently been heavily involved in the implementation and coordination of its week-long 2013 Summer Retreat. A not-for-profit enterprise, the School of International Futures aims to help governments and other organisations work towards such goals by developing international networks and partnerships. It operates as a centre for research into global trends, runs courses bringing together participants from different countries, and organises seminars and conferences, working together with the international futures community.
In August 2013, Cat and co-founder, Alun Rhydderch, ran the second SOIF Summer Retreat at Wilton Park. The SOIF Summer Retreat aims to share foresight approaches and techniques from experts, supply delegates with a set of tools and techniques to think through the future of their organisations and policy areas, and uses practical examples to enable delegates to start to apply these skills as soon as they leave. The event this year was a huge success, with 25 delegates attending from 15 different countries; joining together to share knowledge and perspectives in the area of strategic foresight.