Strategic foresight for positive change

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START DATE
October 4
DURATION
6 weeks
WORKLOAD
5 - 8 hours per week
LANGUAGE
English
PRICE
US$ 450.00 *

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DESCRIPTION

As our lives are being altered in ways we have yet to comprehend, organisations are looking for future direction. This course will look at how understanding the changing socio-economic, political and cultural landscape, in tandem with human values and behaviours, can help you anticipate change and identify white spaces of opportunity for you and your organisations. The good news: we are all capable of making a positive change.

This course will help you understand how and why change happens, and how you can create the change you want to see. We will explore how to use insight and foresight skills to help create and influence a more human-centric, positive future for all. We'll dive deep into the principles of strategic foresight, how to easily translate what you have learned into making more informed business decisions, and how you can achieve impactful outcomes through your work.

OUTCOMES

  • Improve your ability to use hindsight and insight effectively to plan for the future
  • Gain understanding of multiple possible futures
  • Apply trend thinking to any business challenge
  • Boost your ability to identify key drivers and values that can instigate change
  • Learn the main tools and methods to integrate strategic foresight into your ways of working
  • Feel more prepared for uncertain futures
  • Gain confidence in leading your organisation in futures thinking

FORMAT

You will follow a series of lessons bundled in six chapters; one chapter per week. Each Monday, the lessons for that week are unlocked. Study the content, watch the videos, and do the exercises at your own pace. Because you start at the same time as your fellow participants, you will be able to discuss, exchange feedback, and work on exercises together. Learning with and from your peers is one of the guiding principles of our courses.

The course set-up is based on the so-called cafeteria system, referring to the application of flexible choices for your benefit. In addition to the study materials, you are able to book 1:1 video calls with a tutor of your choice. How long and how many times, that’s up to you; select your tutor, look at the availability, and book a time slot by paying the tutor fee. All lessons are online, and live sessions will take place via Zoom.

STUDY POINTS

This course is worth 40 SDC study points. You will receive a certificate of completion.

KEYWORDS

Strategic design, futures thinking, systems thinking, design research

COURSE SYLLABUS

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START DATE
October 4
WORKLOAD
5 - 8 hours per week
PRICE
US$ 450.00 *
DURATION
6 weeks
LANGUAGE
English

If you are not yet a member of our online campus, this link will take you to the registration page. Membership is free but required to sign up for activities.

* Approximately EUR 375,00. Prices are exclusive of VAT. Non-EU citizens are exempt from VAT on e-services which includes online courses, workshops and talks.

Meet the tutors

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Alexandra Whittington (United States) is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Houston, where her students describe her as 'passionate' about the future. Her courses explore the impact of technology on society and the future of human ecosystems.

She has published dozens of articles on diverse aspects of the future, often taking a feminist perspective. Popular speaking topics include the future of women, women and A.I., the future of education, emerging trends and technologies, and an engaging experience called 'Invitation to Futurology', a user-friendly approach to thinking about the future.
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Thomas D’hooge (Belgium) is currently employed as a professor at VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Belgium. There he plays both a coordinating and teaching role within courses on 'emerging technologies' and 'futures thinking'.

In addition, he is mentor and coach for a lot of projects for entrepreneurial students. His basic approach is always inspired by design and lean startup thinking. Throughout his career he has gained a broad experience in digital marketing and strategy, innovation and transformation. What really makes Thomas happy is to stimulate and coach people. He likes to think both critically and creatively with projects that touch his soul.
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Filippo Cuttica (Italy) works at the BBC in London as the UX Principal for Ethics, helping the organisation to dream and shape desirable futures. His approach to ethics interlinks futures thinking and human-centred design.

Filippo believes we can't build desirable futures without imagining them first in structured ways. He is a designer and artist, with one foot in the world of speculative design and art research, and the other in experience design, strategy and creative leadership. He loves to mix reflection with innovation, helping organisations entering the future in a bold and sustainable way. Previously he worked as User Experience Consultant at Foolproof, working for clients including HSBC, Shell, More Than, Tesco and Panasonic.
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Maja Grakalić (Croatia) is a UX and a service designer at the BBC and a PhD researcher at Central Saint Martins in London. Her design work merges strategic foresight with the human-centred collaborative approach.

Her academic work explores omitted histories of speculative and critical design. She believes design fiction can help us challenge the status quo and build desirable futures together. Maja co-facilitates the BBC's Future Casting workshops to teach ethical innovation through speculative futures thinking. As a teaching assistant at MA Material Futures and MA Narrative Environments, she mentors students about future-facing design approaches. Her research into the speculative design of former Yugoslavia diversifies historical examples and methods of the practice and explores futures through the eyes of socialist designers. Previously Maja designed visual identities for BBC Newsnight, World Service 2020, Focus on Africa and BBC World.
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Mansi Parikh (India) is the founder of Future Tense Inc. As a Futurist & Experimenter Extraordinaire, she explores the liminal spaces between the past, present & future, real & imagined, questioning biases and finding new ways to rebuild through the lenses of sustainability and inclusivity. 

She defines herself as 'insatiably curious’; she's like a swiss army knife. Mansi has worked on innovation, cultural insights and trend mapping for brands like Bacardi and Playboy, as well as worked across the Social Impact sector in Conservation, Livelihoods and Healthcare.
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Galdino Pedron (Brazil) is a transdisciplinary researcher working in various fronts - covering public and private sectors. As director of Zukunfte.eu, he helps public and private organisations to better understand people, culture, and emerging technologies to create the next thing.

Galdino applies design, ethnography and futures thinking to map, analyse, and visualise emerging technologies, as well as speculate about their possible future impact in businesses, and society as a whole. He then uses these insights to guide decision makers towards more desirable futures. Galdino mentors startups and new ventures inside large organisations. As a Brazilian living in Europe, he brings a more global south perspective to the table.
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Maya Van Leemput (Belgium) is UNESCO Chairholder in Images of the Futures & Co-creation for the research group Open Time | Applied Futures Research at Erasmushogeschool Brussel where she teaches Strategic Futures Orientation for final year Idea & Innovation Management BA students.

More than twenty years ago Maya co-founded Agence Future, a non-profit futures collective. Maya is a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and a senior fellow of the Centre of Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies. She is a Member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Futurists, and a founding member of the interdisciplinary visual arts collective OST and Plurality University.

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