Who created The Futures School™?

The Futures School™ has been a vision of Kedge Principals Frank Spencer and Yvette Montero Salvatico for many years. They recognized that the world is dramatically changing, and knew that the field of foresight must change with it. In response, they created a practical and tangible training program for all types of people to learn how to integrate and apply foresight methods in their organizations and personal lives. In addition to designing the content, Frank and Yvette serve as lead instructors for The Futures School™.

Kedge is a global opportunities firm, leveraging its expertise in integrated thinking, foresight, innovation, and strategic design to empower organizations to seize aspirations, transformation, and growth. Learn more here.

What type of person should attend?

Are you someone who is naturally curious, connects the dots, and is open minded to new ways of thinking? Do you understand the value of tapping into the future in order to seize undiscovered innovations and opportunities? Are you looking to add another toolkit to your personal or professional repertoire? Do you have some knowledge of Strategic Foresight and Futures Thinking and want to further your skillset? Are you struggling to implement foresight into your organization or strategic planning?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are exactly who should attend The Futures School™. Whether you are a corporate foresight practitioner, a change agent, a trend hunter, an innovative entrepreneur, a student, a chemist, a technologist, a CEO, or a strategist… The Futures School™ is for you.

What are the learning objectives of The Futures School™?

The Futures School™ has five main objectives:

  • Learn to integrate the Natural Foresight® framework into your life, business and organization.
  • Learn to identify emerging trends and weak signals on the horizon.
  • Learn to build “maps of the future” that generate successful strategies, actions and organizational narratives.
  • Learn to tap into the values and bedrock stories that lead to the discovery of counter trends and next-order possibilities.
  • Learn to harness the future to make better decisions today.

Content Outline*

Day One

  • Intro to Strategic Foresight
  • Flipped Trend Keynote
  • Intro to assumptions and bias tools
  • Intro to Environmental Scanning
  • TFS Project Research Brief

Day Two

  • Causal Layered Analysis
  • Creating an Environmental Scanning System
  • Trend Cards
  • From Patterns to Clusters to Themes
  • Futures Wheels
  • Intro to Scenario Development

Day Three

  • Headlines from the Future
  • Scenario Fields
  • Strategic Designs
  • Scenario Finalization
  • Scenario Report Outs
  • Reflections: Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

*Subject to change.

Is seating limited?

Yes. Due to the fact that we customize each school based on the backgrounds, interests, and industries of the attendees, we only offer a limited number of seats. Therefore, we recommend that you apply early.

Is The Futures School™ accredited?

TFS is not currently accredited by an academic institution. However, you will receive a certificate of completion that is recognized by the growing list of professionals that are part of the Alumni Network as proof of qualification and competency.

Do I have permission to use The Futures School™ templates?

The Futures School’s mission is to democratize foresight equipping everyone with the mindset and toolkit to create the future. To that end, TFS materials and templates developed by Kedge, LLC are copyrighted and licensed under Creative Commons 4.0. If you have received a certificate of completion from a TFS program or earned professional certification in Natural Foresight, we encourage the reproduction and use of our materials for any non-commercial, attribution-only, non-derivative use. If you are interested in a licensing agreement, please contact info@kedgefutures.com.

What are the fees for attending?

Please visit the Locations page for fees associated with each venue.

What types of payment do you accept? Is it possible to be invoiced for my payment?

If your application is accepted, you will be directed to an Eventbrite page to make your payment. We accept credit card (American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Discover) as well as offline payment options (check or invoice).

Is there a group discount?

Yes! A group rate is offered on to parties of 2 or more from the same organization.

Is my registration transferrable?

Seat transfers are gladly accepted. Only one transfer is permitted per original registrant. If you need to transfer your seat to someone else, you must do so at least two weeks before the start of the program. Transfers must be made in writing by the original registrant and sent to info@thefuturesschool.com. Please “CC” the substitute in your email and include his or her name, email address, and phone number. The individual submitting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the substitution. An additional $25 processing fee will be charged for transferring your seat. Beginning two weeks before the start of the program, all seats are non-transferable.

We do not support partial seat swaps or registration sharing of any kind; nor do we prorate registration costs if you are only able to attend certain training days. You MUST be able to attend the full program.

Purchase of registration indicates that you have read and agree to comply with this transfer policy. This policy is subject to change; all registered attendees will be notified of any changes.

What is the cancellation policy?

You are eligible to receive a partial refund for registration cancellations up to two weeks before the start of the program.

Cancellations made two months before the start of the program will receive a refund less 25% of your purchased registration price; cancellations made one month before the start of the program will receive a refund less 50% of your purchased registration price. Beginning two weeks before the start of the program, all registrations are non-refundable. We suggest you consider investing in travel insurance, in case an extenuating event prevents you from attending.

Cancellations must be received in writing from the original registrant. Please send these requests to info@thefuturesschool.com.

In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled, all registrations will be refunded. We will not, however, be able to refund any flight, hotel, or other purchases.

Purchase of registration indicates that you have read and agree to comply with this cancellation policy. This policy is subject to change; all registered attendees will be notified of any changes.

What is the dress code?

Dress is business casual.

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Yes! For more information, contact us at info@thefuturesschool.com.

Can I host The Futures School™ in my company?

Yes, you can! The Futures School™ can be hosted on-location as an exclusive training program for your leaders, foresight division, corporate university, educational institution, students, or employee development. Click here to contact us, and we will set up a call or meeting to discuss your specific needs.

Who can I contact for additional questions?

For general information, please contact info@thefuturesschool.com.

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