A Message from the Founders
Thank you for your interest in The Futures School (TFS), a 3-day foresight certificate program like no other ever offered to the public.
The vision for this brand new approach to Strategic Foresight has been years in the making. It emerged from a realization that a gap exists between our increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world and the antiquated leadership and business development approaches we have depended on for so long.
As a former corporate futurist (Yvette) and a formally educated and trained futurist (Frank), we have experienced firsthand the frustration of attempting to develop robust strategy and breakthrough innovation while relying on traditional, quant-heavy, linear methods.
More and more leaders in for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors are realizing that to be successful in the 21st Century landscape of accelerating change, a new mindset and toolkit is required that can help us to create the future.
The Futures School addresses the fact that, up until now, the only option available for organizations wishing to strengthen their foresight and innovation efforts was to hire a costly consultant. These engagements require significant time investment and often result in a 3-ring binder that is quickly relegated to the already crowded office bookshelf.
Not only is this “hired gun” approach expensive, but it is disconnected from an organization’s culture and, therefore, never achieves long-term results. What is needed is a renewed investment in leadership, business, and entrepreneurial development with a globally-tested, hands-on approach to planning for and seizing the future. We believe The Futures School offers this opportunity.
Having shared TFS content to both corporate and non-profit clients in over 23 countries, we have honed a toolkit with proven results that no other foresight program can claim. Now, after training hundreds of future thinkers across the globe, we are thrilled to be able to offer TFS to you!
We hope that you’ll make the investment in your future by joining us for this unique program. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of a cohort of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and social innovators who are reframing the future for the 21st Century.
If you want to ask us more questions about the philosophy and approach of The Futures School, we would be happy to connect via phone or email!
Yvette and Frank
Frank W. Spencer IV
Instructor, The Futures School Founding Principal & Creative Director, Kedge
Frank is the Founding Principal and Creative Director at Kedge – a global opportunities firm that leverages its expertise in integrated thinking, foresight, innovation, and strategic design to empower organizations to seize aspirations, transformation, and growth. Prior to Kedge, Frank worked for 15 years as a leadership coach and developer with entrepreneurs, social communities, networking initiatives, and SMEs, helping them in areas such as development, innovation, and networking. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight from Regent University. With a strong background in both business and academic foresight, Frank was the creator and lead instructor of The Futures Institute: Shaping The Future Now at Duke University’s Talent identification Program Institute, teaching students to use Futures Thinking and foresight to develop transformative solutions to grand challenges (2010, 2011). He has worked on Strategic Foresight projects for companies such as Kraft, Mars, Marriott, and The Walt Disney Company. He is a prolific speaker, having delivered presentations to groups and conferences around the globe for over the last 20 years. Frank holds memberships in World Futures Society (WFS) and Association for Professional Futurists (APF).
Saying we should kill complexity is similar to suggesting that we stop breathing in order to avoid the flu. In this new world of rapid change, we must learn to ‘dance with complexity’ rather than attempting to kill it. The more complex our world, the bigger our canvas becomes on which to paint an unlimited amount of transformational and aspirational ideas.
Yvette Montero Salvatico
Instructor, The Futures School Principal & Managing Director, Kedge
Yvette Montero Salvatico is a Principal and the Managing Director at Kedge – a global strategic design, foresight, creativity, and strategic design consultancy. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. Before joining Kedge in early 2012, she led the effort to establish the Future Workforce Insights division at the Walt Disney Company, identifying future workforce trends and leveraging foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organization. With membership in organizations such as Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM), Association for Talent Development (ATD), Association for Professional Futurists (APF), and World Futures Society (WFS), Yvette is an experienced and polished speaker, leadership coach, and consultant, addressing large audiences and organizations on topics such as business policy, talent, work, diversity, career management, strategy, innovation, foresight, and Futures Thinking.
We must make sense, not spreadsheets, and transcend trends to pick up on patterns. Data-driven approaches become a worn and familiar blanky that leaves us vulnerable to threats while blinding us to new opportunities. This means that relying on trend analysis and even big data – a concept that is only in its infancy – will not suffice.