Foresight and Futures Design

Prepare for the Future of Business Today

Understand the fundamental theories on foresight and futures design and the role and responsibilities of futurists and foresight practitioners in any organization. This online program combines adult learning and best practices to teach the fundamentals and basics of foresight and futures design.

Foresight and Futures Design

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Fees: $1,950
Length: 6 one-hour modules over 2 days
Next Session: November 6, 2023 to
November 7, 2023
  • Location:
  • Online

Foresight and Futures Design

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Your Go-To Primer for
Designing and Preparing for the Future

We all think about the future, but not all of us prepare for it. To thrive tomorrow, your organization must establish anticipatory abilities: the ability to see what is coming – using foresight and futures design capabilities.

This interactive program helps you do just that, acting as a primer and covering the fundamental theories on foresight and futures design. Get a high-level overview of core topics such as signals scanning, trend identification, futures scenario building, identification of unknown risks, backcasting to inform strategic planning, and the opportunities of futures storytelling. 

Our unique program is ideal for mid-career and senior leaders in strategic planning or creative roles and industries. Help your organization see and anticipate the years to come.

Get Training in Marketable Skills

Strategic Planning
Business Analysis
Risk Assessment
Trend Identification

4 Reasons to Enrol

Amazing Education For Busy Professionals

This program packs rich insights into 6 hours of study, so you can learn the fundamentals and essentials of foresight and futures design without putting your career on pause. Apply your learnings to the workplace right away.

Stand Out From The Crowd

Get highly sought-after skills such as signals scanning and trend identification, futures scenario building and identifying unknown risks. Help your organization prepare for not only today but also tomorrow.

Learn From An Industry Leader

Dive deep into foresight and futures design with world-renowned futurist, author, and leadership expert Nikolas Badminton.

Earn Higher Pay

Schulich ExecEd students gain the confidence, skills and perspective to attain better roles, launch new ventures, and lead their teammates.

Who Will Benefit

Mid-Career Leaders

Professionals in strategic planning and creative roles will learn the value and application of foresight and futures design. Become a leader who prepares your team and organization for future changes and prepare yourself for higher roles.

Senior Leaders

This program guides executives and directors in creating detailed, future-ready strategic plans that ready organizations for the next 10, 20 and 30+ years.

Program Overview

  • Gain a foundational understanding of the history and discipline of foresight and futures design, including foresight fundamentals and methods.

  • Review current events and trends and explore scenarios that may play out in our futures. This module includes interactive Q&A sessions and exercises.

  • Deep dive into the structure and steps of the Foresight Framework. Learn and discuss an overarching business hypothesis and positive futures principles, and scan themes and areas of exploration.

  • Explore the role of speculative fiction and immersive futures design. Examine leading examples from masters of futures storytelling.

  • Understand how backcasting allows us to travel backwards from the futures we have created to where we are today. Identify strategic considerations from futures scenarios.

  • Learn about the role and importance of establishing foresight capabilities in your organization. Understand the key individuals and the importance of governance, visibility, and transparency.

  • Fall 2023 Dates Time
    Day 1 11/6/2023 - 11/6/2023 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Day 2 11/7/2023 - 11/7/2023 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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What You Get

After completing Foresight and Futures Design, you'll receive an authentic digital badge from the #1 business school in Canada that employers will recognize.

As more and more companies look for candidates with specific skills, this badge on your CV will be a credible assurance of your achievements and expertise, allowing the right roles to find you faster.

Foundational Badge

Signifies that you’ve gained information and insight into new skills.

Custom Programs for Organizations

Use this program as we designed it, or alter it to fit your company’s needs. Either way, we can help you improve your organization's talent pipeline. Get in touch with our custom programs team today.

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