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.
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.
This course is worth 40 SDC study points. You will receive a certificate of completion.
Strategic design, futures thinking, systems thinking, design research
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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