The Futures School provides the best value and most competitive price for its foresight learning offerings. Still, we recognize that many individuals seeking to leverage the skills of foresight might find such industry-leading training cost-prohibitive.
That’s why we’ve created the Kedge Forward Fund: an innovative and holistic pricing model that aims to make foresight attainable to as large and diverse a group as possible. We want everyone to be able to think like a futurist to seize opportunities and solve grand challenges.
Click to watch Kedge Principals Frank Spencer and Yvette Montero Salvatico explain how the Kedge Forward Fund helps fulfill their vision of democratizing foresight.
How does it work?
Fill out your TFS application (U.S.-based Accelerator programs and Activator-Experiment sessions only)
Read the FAQs, and then complete the Kedge Forward Fund request form for the Accelerator or Activator – Experiment program (below)
Choose the tuition assistance tier best aligned with your needs and situation
After the respective deadlines, we will review all requests and put together the largest and
most professionally diverse cohorts the Fund can allow for the Accelerator and Activator programs.
Request Submission Deadlines
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it called the Kedge Forward Fund?
The Futures School™ is a global development platform pioneered by Kedge, an international foresight, innovation, creativity, and strategic design firm.
The word “kedge” speaks to a core part of our mission. A kedge is a small anchor on a sailing vessel used when there is no wind at sea. A small crew would take a rowboat in the direction they wanted the ship to go, and drop the kedge anchor. The vessel could then pull itself to its destination.
Likewise, we created the Kedge Forward Fund to enable people to pull themselves to their desired future through the training they receive at The Futures School Applied Foresight Accelerator or Applied Foresight Activator – Experiment programs.
Is the Kedge Forward Fund available for all TFS programs?
KFF is available for all Applied Foresight Accelerator and Applied Foresight Activator – Experiment programs.
How much is in the Fund?
We’ve seeded the Fund with $15,000 USD. Our goal is to impact as many individuals as possible with this amount.
What are the tuition assistance options available?
The KFF fund deducts $1,000 USD from the program tuition.
The funding assistance is typically granted to people who are social innovators, employed at a non profit, and/or are self-funded.
Applied Foresight Accelerator
Standard Tuition: $2,000 USD
KFF Request = $1,000 USD | My Responsibility = $1,000 USD
Applied Foresight Activator – Experiment
Standard Tuition: $1,500 USD
KFF Request = $1,000 USD | My Responsibility = $500 USD
Do you partially fund requests?
No, we do not. We evaluate all funding requests simultaneously (app deadline) in order to curate the most diverse cohorts. If your request is granted, the $1,000 USD deduction is the amount you will receive — no more, no less. There will be no negotiation of the tuition fee in order to uphold the integrity of the curation process.
How do you evaluate the applications?
- Makeup of the cohort: We aim to curate a group of participants that is diverse in terms of industry, background, desired outcomes, and worldview. Having representation from across these dimensions is key to a successful program, so these factors will be considered when distributing the fund.
- Your resource constraints: We rely on your honest and candid description of why you are submitting the request.
- Potential for impact: Our goal for the Kedge Forward Fund is to democratize foresight and reach those individuals and organizations primed to transform the world with futures thinking.
What happens after I apply?
We will evaluate all requests concurrently after the deadline and curate the largest and most diverse cohort the Fund will allow. We will let you know within 10 business days after the deadline if your request was granted. The identities of all applicants and recipients will be kept confidential unless an individual explicitly gives us permission to share their story for the benefit of other aspiring futurists.
What if I apply for KFF and then can't attend the session?
When you apply to the Kedge Forward Fund, you are committing to actively participate in the Applied Foresight Accelerator session or Applied Foresight Activator – Experiment program.
For the Applied Foresight Accelerator, you must attend the entire three-day program.
For the Applied Foresight Activator – Experiment, you must attend at least 9 of the 12 labs and consistently scan to the Human_AI bank.
If you aren’t sure you’ll be able to meet these requirements, please do not submit an application at this time.
If your request is granted, you are responsible for paying the amount specified as “My Responsibility.” This holistic funding model allows us to weigh all requests equally and develop the most diverse cohort possible. Further, this unique process only functions if applicants follow through on their commitment to join us — we are unable to redistribute funds to other applicants after selection is complete.
Can I transfer my request to another TFS Applied Foresight Accelerator or Applied Foresight Activator - Experiment session?
No, you may not. Funding requests are specific to a particular Applied Foresight Accelerator or Applied Foresight Activator program and are not transferable. Once you submit your request, you are committed to attending / participating in the respective program, if your request is granted.
If my KFF request is denied, may I still attend the program at the standard tuition fee?
To protect the integrity of the funding program, you forfeit your right to attend the program at full tuition if your request is denied. You may re-apply to a future program.
Submit a Kedge Forward Fund Request
Please note: You must apply for The Futures School Applied Foresight Accelerator or Applied Foresight Activator – Experiment program before submitting a Kedge Forward Fund request. By submitting a request, you are committed to the following, if selected:
Applied Foresight Accelerator: Attend and engage in the full 3-day program.
Applied Foresight Activator – Experiment: Participate in at least 9 of the 12 labs and consistently scan to the Human_AI bank.