Custom Engagements

Democratizing the future means a one-size-fits-all approach simply won’t do. Instead, we offer customized engagements and capacity-building programs to foster innovation, strengthen strategy development and transform organizational culture.

Overview

In our customized client engagements, we focus on creating positive futures through transformation, mapping a range of possible futures and emphasizing how to take advantage of untapped opportunities. We like to think of ourselves as the “optimistic futurists,” because we believe that — together — we have the power to make the future a better place.

At the heart of all of our offerings is our “Kedging Philosophy.”

A kedge is an anchor used on ancient sailing vessels. When there was no wind to fill the sails, members of the crew would get in a rowboat and drop the kedge far from the ship. Those remaining on the ship would pull themselves in the direction they wanted to travel.

When thinking about the future, we should imagine a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum are the trends and events that will push us into the future whether we like it or not. However, we prefer to focus on the other end of the spectrum, where it’s possible (and more desirable) to pull yourself toward the future you want. But that’s not all: if we purposefully and intentionally act on the future, we can pull its possibilities and opportunities to us. You might even say that we can “kedge” the future into the present.

With this metaphor in mind, we partner with organizations and individuals to “democratize the future,” helping them navigate a world of increasing complexity and empowering them to pull the future into their organizations, initiatives and lives.

Tell us about your goals and aspirations and we’ll design an engagement that addresses the needs of your organization. It’s our desire to partner with you to create the future and “teach you how to fish,” so that you can thrive independently far beyond the instructional focus we provide. We are experts at developing foresight capacity; building breakthrough strategy; solving long-standing problems; transforming organizations; seizing opportunities, and more!

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Impact

What are you seeking to fuel with foresight?

  • STRATEGY. Today’s environment of uncertainty and disruption demands a new approach to strategy. We must future-hack our linear methods and push past reactive, short-term plans. Through The Futures School, leaders can create agile and resilient strategy while staying laser-focused on a clear destination.
  • INNOVATION. In this era of rapid and accelerating change, it is impossible to achieve true innovation without developing long-term thinking and uncovering alternative future possibilities. When companies partner with The Futures School to instill foresight and futures thinking into their innovation culture, they are better equipped to see the opportunities that are on the horizon and seize them today.
  • CHANGE. In our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, change is an ever-present factor, and organizational cultures that are not open, resilient and future-empowered will struggle to survive – let alone thrive. The Futures School equips leaders to identify underlying value systems, to navigate unspoken assumptions and biases, and to identify latent connections between seemingly disparate issues. These insights are critical in achieving long-lasting change.
  • CAREER. The power of foresight lies not primarily in its tools and methods but in its ability to alter perspectives. For this reason, The Futures School is the key to reframing outdated, Industrial Age processes, like career development, that are no longer effective. TFS offerings provide the agility and resilience leaders need to recover from setbacks, while also taking advantage of obscured opportunities.

CUSTOMIZATION

Our custom offerings span a continuum of customization – from off-the-shelf training experiences to guided, co-created scenario projects….

TFS has years of experience delivering inspiring, engaging and provocative keynotes at conferences across the world. From topics such as the future of the workforce, to 21st century leadership skills, to foresight-empowered scenarios, we can provide the perfect speech tailored for your audience’s needs. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Any TFS program can be hosted on-location (or live-online) as exclusive training for your leaders, foresight division, corporate university, educational institution, students, or employee development. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.

It is critical that an organization’s foresight literacy, capacity and skills are properly developed and multiplied. We are proud to be the only foresight firm with a documented case study in the establishment of a foresight competency in a Fortune 100 multi-national, and it’s this unique expertise we will bring to your internal foresight capacity building efforts. Contact us to learn more.

Crafting quantitative and qualitative scenarios around the short and long-range future of an industry will help a business to build robust decisions, priorities and strategies that shape contexts and markets by anticipating the interaction between social, technological and economic forces. TFS utilizes an integral and multi-layered scenario development approach, ensuring that organizations are given a tool that will help them to stay on course year after year.

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Previous Clients

Case Studies

“By mastering Futures Thinking, we are no longer trapped in chasing our own tail by forecasting based on outdated historical data; we begin to unlock the opportunities before they become widely available to other market players. By doing this, our company begins to pioneer the market changes and becomes a true industry innovator.”

Evgeny Lavrov, The Walt Disney Company CIS

Foresight-Fueled Integration: Walt Disney International

Facing aggressive growth targets coupled with a need to significantly increase its workforce, Walt Disney International (WDI) decided to launch an effort to prepare for the future.

Walt Disney International spearheaded a foresight effort, specifically following the Natural Foresight® Framework, that included fifteen Futures Teams established in 10 geographic regions. Through this multi-year engagement, hundreds of new futurists were trained and dozens of advanced practitioners were identified to lead the integration of sustainable foresight across its markets. Some of tangible outcomes resulting from this organization-wide competency development include:

• More than 500 leaders around the globe were trained in the Natural Foresight® approach and immediately began applying the standard toolkit.

• Traditional strategic planning processes have been revamped to include futures intelligence and scenario planning, and the organization has pursued specific business strategies as a direct result of its foresight efforts.

• To support change management efforts, advanced practitioners were selected to receive additional training and became foresight trainers.

• Broader company leadership has taken notice, declaring Strategic Foresight as one of the top enterprise-wide leadership competencies.

Foresight-Fueled Strategy: Orlando Economic Partnership

After a successful merger, the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP) was embarking on an ambitious plan to reconceptualize economic development to achieve broad-based prosperity. OEP was seeking to sequence its strategic priorities with an immersive, participatory and future-focused approach that ensured stakeholder ownership.

Building upon OEP’s transformative strategic framework and its vision for “a regional approach to broad-based prosperity,” Kedge assisted the organization by leading a collective effort which engaged leadership, staff and stakeholders in creating the future today. This ambitious plan to reconceptualize economic development through participatory engagement to achieve broad-based prosperity kicked-off in May 2018 with a goal to inform the Fiscal Year 2019 plan.

After an immersion phase which included: targeted interviews, a Delphi survey administered to over 300 individuals and extensive trend research; Kedge lead OEP and its stakeholders through the process of discovering, exploring, mapping, and creating strategic transformations with a series of face-to-face foresight-fueled work sessions. The result was Launch to Tomorrow, an ambitious three-year plan that has established an updated modality for the development, validation, and implementation of regional priorities.

“We are prepared for, and dedicated to, shaping tomorrow. This manifesto is reflected in the myriad of regional initiatives underway from substantial investment in our infrastructure, business-friendly governance and collaborative educational ecosystem to our accelerated implementation of sustainable solutions and commitment to inclusivity. The spirit of innovation through technology propels Orlando forward.”

The Orlando Economic Partnership

“The Futures School makes the art and science of Strategic Foresight not only more approachable and actionable, they make it a joy to tackle.  In our current environment, Strategic Foresight is a necessity but it can be hard to apply the theory to a corporate environment.  With the suite of tools and the different approaches they shared, we can begin to create the operating system we need to prepare our organization for the future.”

Kaia Kegley Consumer Insights Senior Manager of Global Trends, General Mills

“This is one of the most engaging projects and concrete self-empowerment tools that I’ve experienced in my whole career, and I’m firmly convinced it could become more than just a training experience in Disney. And I’m not the only one to have this feeling in the team!”

Antonio De Mauro Disney Futurist