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Futures Thinking: Developing Foresight For Your Organisation

We are living in an era of constant rapid change, in which uncertainty and volatility will continue as the new norm even after COVID 19 has passed. Organisations are more concerned than ever about the future, and what we can and should do now to prepare for it.

Foresight is simply insight how and why the future will be different from today. Developing foresight is used to inform our vision of the future we want to achieve, so that we can design and execute strategy to make that future happen. We use strategic foresight in particular situations that are characterized as being in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) context – scenarios which make our world largely unpredictable and the future fairly unknown.

In this workshop, participants will be guided in a framework with a step-by-step process, and equipped with toolkit, to examine the past and present within their market or industry, while building sensible scenarios for the future. The workshop will culminate with participants creating a ‘white paper’ based on the context their respective organisations are situated in with respect to opportunities and challenges they are facing

Why attend?

In this 2-day workshop, participants will be guided to apply the strategic foresight framework and toolkit in which they will:

  • Identify the Industry and Domain they are seeking to focus on;
  • Scan for Driving Forces and Trends affecting their domain;
  • Generate Scenarios, or plausible futures for their industry and domain;
  • Use Methods to Communicate these Futures across their teams and organisation;
  • Devise Milestones to ensure success in these futures; and
  • Propose Action Steps that can be implemented now to start.

The main principles of foresight from a practitioner’s point of view will be shared, including an approach by which the participants can learn about the future and study trends, drivers and signals of change. Special emphasis will be given to scenarios, which are one of the main tools that are used.

Who should attend?

  • Working Professionals in Business, Government, International Organisations, and Non-Profit Organisations who hold mid- to senior-level decision making roles.