Futures Thinking Online Program

Program Days:

November 17, 19, 24, 26, December 1, 2020

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (GMT+08) on all dates

Program Overview

The ability to think about the future in a systematic and strategic way has become a highly valued competency for any leader. Unfortunately, in a world characterized by unprecedented change, being able to predict the future is next to impossible. Developing¬† a cohensive “future-proof” approach has made become a daunting endeavor for many leaders as they try to make sense of factors such as climate change, emerging technologies, evolving consumer preferences and behavior, shifts in global geopolitics, and not to mention, the after-effects of the COVID-19.

A first in the country, the School of Executive Education and Lifelong Learning offers the Futures Thinking Online Program, which intends to equip Filipino leaders with a futurist mindset and a set of tools that can be used to enhance environmental scanning and strategic thinking efforts, organizational development, and innovation initiatives. Initially used by the RAND Corporation, a US non-profit global policy think-tank during the Second World War, Futures Thinking has evolved into a multidisciplinary approach that strikes the balance between well-informed short-term and long-term goals, and has since then been used by corporations, governments, non-profit, and all other types of organizations all over the world.

Program Objectives
  • Understand the role of futures thinking and strategic foresight in organizations
  • How to think like a futurist through the application of various futures-thinking tools
  • Determine drivers of change
  • Identify and analyze signals and emerging issues
  • Develop forecasts and potential future scenarios
What You Will Learn
  • The role of Futures Thinking and Strategic Foresight in organizations
  • Five ages of Futures
  • Generic Foresight Process Framework
  • Futures Triangle
  • Look Back to Look Forward
  • Signals identification and analysis
  • Understanding Drivers of Change
  • Emerging Issue Analysis
  • Causal Layered Analysis
  • The Futures Wheel
  • Forecasting
  • Developing Future Scenarios
  • Developing the Mindset of a Futurist
  • Examples of applications of Strategic Foresight
Key Benefits
  • Develop a futurist mindset to become more innovative ad think out-of-the-box’
  • Be more sensitive to signals from the future and the emergence of issues that may affect your organization in the long-term
  • Learn to look beyond the litanies of current problems and issues, and delve deeper into underlying systems, worldviews and metaphors that may hinder authentic change and development in your organization
  • Strengthen your strategic thinking competency which in turn can help you become a leader in a time of uncertainty
Who Should Attend

This program is recommended for practitioners and managers involved in strategy & planning, business development, organizational development, innovation & transformation, and CEOs of small and medium enterprises.