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DCPA2106 - Experiential Keynote: Foundations of Practical Futurism

‐ Dec 6, 2021 6:00pm

In a tech-driven world and business environment of accelerating change and increasing complexity, the ability to see and think like a futurist offers a growing strategic advantage. But “embracing the future” in business has too often meant succumbing to endless hype cycles, techno babble & wishful thinking. We offer a practical alternative: a solutions-oriented grounding in futures-thinking that cuts through the hype and gives leaders the tools to identify emerging opportunities/threats and to understand the future as a dynamic space for experimentation and learning.

We combine principles and practices from the worlds of strategic foresight, social entrepreneurship, tech innovation, and design to create a unique introduction to envisioning the future and learning how to seize it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and evaluate weak signals and emerging trends as early indicators of coming change
  • Recall current signals relevant to the future of organization and industry
  • Distinguish between foresight and planning and understand the limitations of a planner’s mindset in an environment of high complexity
  • Assess uncertainty as a window into discovery and innovation




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