ARE YOU FUTURE PROOF?
SEE THE DIFFERENCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
All change starts with seeing, thinking and acting differently. That is more easily said than done. To encounter the technological, economical, environmental, and social challenges of the 21st century we will háve to.
Every organization will need to anticipate different futures and think about what impact they want to make in those futures. For the Futures Academy that all starts with the ability to shift your own perspectives to look at the same landscape with different eyes.
In this way, you will get a better view of the underlying change dynamics, the behavioral patterns, and the design principles of the system at hand. In short, you will start to discover the superstructure of the upcoming transitions.
From that vision and mindset, we can upskill your team with a toolset to become more 21-ready. Having a grand vision and great tools is not enough, new behavior, and so-called next practices need to become part of the skillset of any 21st-century professional. This skillset is trained by weekly challenges that nudge you to look from a different perspective, to use new tools, and to be inspired by dozens of new Future Business Models.
HOW TO ANTICIPATE FUTURES?
To become more ready for the challeges of the 21st century organisations, teams and professionals need to anticipate fundamental change. This requires having a clear vision on upcoming transitions, new 21-ready skills and continuous inspiration on how to develop next practices and future business models.
The team sessions we will challenge existing perspectives to better anticipate future developments.
Applying futures studies & systems thinking will forsee the impact of social, technological and business change.
We will identify change-dynamics, underlying behavioral patterns, triggerpoints ánd the superstructure that connects most 21st century transitions.
In the end you will have new knowhow, a clear vision and a common team-language to decide how to get the right things done & create future value.
New times require a new level of skills. We provide a fascinating learning landscape for curious, professional people.
Categorized in 21 capacities for the 21st century participants can select tools they would like to master.
Each course consists of video explainers, facilitator notes, clear examples and a worksheet. Join the online channels for realtime Q&A.
Combine several courses in your own track or several worksheets to make-up a plan, design or concept ready to be used.
We like to see the world as our classroom. Continuously, our researchers ramble across very different domains to discover new
Future Business models.
The Smart Moves membership provides you with weekly inspiration and how to implement these next practices.
Each case will nudge you to look at your organization from a fresh perspective: What Would X do?
This will train the agility of the mind and challenge you to see, think and act different. And above all to grow a library of fascinating examples.
ARE YOU 21ST CENTURY READY?
Sustainability, inflation, geo-political shifts, energy transition, new technologies are all transformative challenges that are extremely interconnected. These shifts force organizations to reposition themselves continuously, triggering new strategic dilemmas and a need for innovation in services and way of working. Strategic decisions and innovations that imply making numerous - often unconscious - considerations and assumptions about the future .
In these volatile and complex environments conventional habits, models, theories and approaches offer less and less certainty or understanding. If we continue to walk into the future using a rearview mirror, we will miss out on upcoming changes, threats ánd opportunities. We need to become more future-oriented.
In this session you will create speculative scenarios about what is possible, probable, plausible and then what might be preferred. We use a systemic approach to thoroughly scan horizons and understand these new dynamics.
All future events we 'grasp' are just a tip above the water. By continuously shifting perspective and connecting the dots we see underlying change patterns emerge.
Rather than providing quick answers, our sessions offers many new examples, a space for free thought and experimentation with new perspectives, creating the big picture, together. The session will inform on new developments, create a clear vision, common understanding and language to discuss future strategic directions. Are you ready for the futures?
MINDSET, SKILLSET & TOOLSET FOR 21-READY PROFESSIONALS
OUR 21st CENTURY BUSINESS FRAMEWORK
ALWAYS TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION
(ONLINE) COURSES & PERSONAL WORKBOOK
The framework consists of there levels of change: Mindset, Skillset en Toolset, and seven layers of the operating system of any organization: Change, Design, Impact, System, Learning, Strategy & Culture.
Every course deals with one particular aspect and easily connects with other courses so you can design your own learning track with our 21-ready tool-finder.
WHAT DO SUCCESSFUL NEXT PRACTICES LOOK LIKE?
Training a new mindset is not easy. Therefore we inspire you every week with a new challenge based on a Future Business Model we have discovered on the edge of the market.
These intriguing cases show the next practice and nudge you to think what would that do for my business? What organizational dilemmas & new strategic opportunities would that create?
Every week a new 'What Would X Do?'-perspective will train your mind to see the change.
ASK YOURSELF: WHAT WOULD X DO?
"For me all modern age shoppers are in fact 'gamers' which require and offer a whole new approach going forward."
Abraham Lincoln - Nike SNKRS
"People care less about owning things and more about doing things. This will disrupt évery industry."
Alain Visser - Founder & CEO Lynk & Co
"I don’t think scarcity is the model anymore.
We have to embrace ubiquity – that digital is everywhere."
Daniel Ek - Founder Spotify
"People may not remember exactly what you did or said but they always remember how you made them feel!"
Tony Hsieh - Founder & CEO Zappos
THE SUM OF THE PARTS
The world is made up of beautifully interconnected complex living systems. From Artificial Intelligence to the rise of a Quantum generation and from diversity towards more sustainability, the metaverse or platforms-economy. These upcoming developments are all interconnected.
Anticipating such large-scale change starts with seeing the ecosystem as an integral whole ánd to be able to deconstruct into parts and relations. We train our participants to see underlying patterns, design principles, and superstructure. From this vantage point, we can pivot to define the most optimal level of intervention.
A system is often designed to promote and prevent certain behaviors. By reframing the design principles of that system, the behavior and thus the effect of the system will shift. Our approach towards change, such as strategy, organizational change, or service development, is to find the elementary principle; the leverage point that with minimal effort can generate the largest effect.
Learning to identify and design within the social, industrial & ecological systems is a critical toolset to become more future ready.
ENGAGE YOUR ENTIRE ORGANIZATION
Becoming future-ready is about 'becoming' which is a process of continuous learning.
To engage and upskill your organization we can design you a unique white-labeled in-company Future- or Impact academy. The programs will be customized to your organization and employees. Your brand is prominent in the whole experience. Our learning designers will support you in the right blend for your people.
All these programs are aimed to ignite the explorer in all people. For this reason, we offer a catalog for users to browse and choose those skills they like to level up. Our team will support you in activating and engaging the employees to join the program, actively do the courses, and engage in online dialogue and Q&A.
We will provide dashboards on request to discover the real need and talent of your people and adjust the program to create the highest possible learning transfer.
In addition to know-how from tech to sustainability and the required 21-ready tooling we also provide numerous Intriguing cases, so-called next-practices. Pragmatic business cases from the fringes of the market.
BUILD YOUR OWN IN-COMPANY
OUR BOARD OF INSPIRATION FOR A BROADER PERSPECTIVE
How Do We Know What We know? That is always an excellent question about the design of any program, states German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk in one of our interviews.
The Futures Academy works in an applied and experiential way called Action Research. We live at the intersection of academic research and real-world problem-solving within organizations.
Our aim is to push the boundaries of how organizations are able to have a positive impact on our future. We interviewed over 150 experts on anticipating & creating future change. These videos are collected on our Board of Inspiration and are part of all our online courses.