Futures Thinking & Strategic Foresight​

Futures-Thinking

Location: Amsterdam

Dates: 30 September – 3 October 2024

Fee: € 1250 (accommodation is not included)

About

Explore the Future to become better prepared! Join this intensive course to master the art of strategic foresight and preparing for the future. In this comprehensive training, you’ll delve into the intricacies of Futures Thinking, gaining the skills to anticipate, strategize, and innovate for the future. Whether you’re steering a business, leading a team, or shaping your career, this course equips you with the tools to make informed, forward-thinking decisions. Transform your perspective and strategy with the power of Futures Thinking!

Value for participants:

  • Mastery in applying futures thinking and strategic foresight to real-world challenges
  • Deep understanding of methods like horizon scanning, scenario planning, and dealing with uncertainties
  • Skills to identify and leverage emerging trends and shifts for strategic advantage
  • Competence in creating robust strategies that anticipate and adapt to future changes
  • Practical experience in applying futures thinking to enhance organizational or personal resilience and innovation.

This course offers a deep dive into strategic foresight, empowering you to embrace and capitalize on the future’s possibilities. Through a blend of theory and hands-on application, you’ll explore key methods and concepts in futures thinking, preparing you to navigate and shape the future proactively. From analyzing trends to implementing strategic initiatives, this course provides a comprehensive toolkit for anyone looking to thrive in a constantly evolving world. Step into a future where you lead with vision and strategic foresight.

Who is the Coach?

Foresight coach

Mathias Behn Bjørnhof is a leading strategic foresight practitioner with a background in innovation, strategy, and sustainability, Mathias has guided Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies, and public and private institutions, as well as individuals towards futures readiness in his mission to democratise futures thinking. All based on Nordic values of trust, inclusion, and responsibility and with a global outlook.

Schedule

9.00-12.00

  • Futures 101: The Foundations of Strategic Foresight & Futures Thinking
  • Imagination Game: Thing from the Future
  • Megatrends and Polycrisis

12.00-13.00

  • Lunch & Networking

13.00-15.00

  • How-to: Horizon Scanning and Trend Analysis
  • Uncertainty, Wild Cards & Black Swans

15.00-16.00

  • Wrap-up, questions and next steps

9.00-12.00

  • From Futures Insights to Scenarios
  • Framing & Building Scenarios

12.00-13.00

  • Lunch & Networking

13.00-15.00

  • Scenario Implications
  • Scenario Planning in Action: Cases

15.00-16.00

  • Wrap-up, questions and next steps

 

9.00-12.00

  • Integrating Futures Thinking into Strategic Decision-Making
  • Creating Resilient Strategies or Innovations

12.00-13.00

  • Lunch & Networking

13.00-15.00

  • Future-proofing Your Organization or Career
  • Turning Foresight into Action
  • Personal Futures

15.00-16.00

  • Conclusion, questions & next steps

 

Visits to innovative, forward-looking companies, art exhibitions, spaces and start-ups.

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