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Forecasting The Future

Design Thinking tools for strategic decision-makers and product innovators with CIID, an international hub of creative minds

What Will You Learn?
  • Identifying challenges to businesses
  • Exploring strategic tools and product innovation techniques
  • Learning how to communicate ideas and strategy in engaging ways
Main partner
Instructors
Co-Founder and Director of the Copenaghen Institute of Interaction Design
UX Principal for Ethical Experiences at the BBC and Co-Founder of art group IOCOSE
Information Of Course
Start date
End date
Price
2000 €
Min. number of participants
8
Language
English

In a world of tumultuous change, how do we think strategically about the future? Which trends and technologies will impact our business and how? How can we re-envision our products and services for the world of tomorrow?

In this workshop with CIID, an international hub of creatives minds, you will learn to think critically about technology and the impact it may have on the future of your business. Through a mixture of tools and techniques you will learn to scan the market environment for disruptive trends and technologies. You will learn to think critically about innovation and learn to better discern between what is signal and what is noise.

You will consider broad implications of various technologies through the 360 degree lens of the STEEEP framework (Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, Ethical and Political) in order to holistically identify opportunities and challenges for your business. You will use Backcasting techniques to forecast pathways to a preferred future, techniques for brainstorming future-facing products and services and learn to judge implications and outcomes of ideas and innovations through tools such as the Future Wheel and the Impact Matrix.

Finally you will learn to story-tell engaging narratives of how your business will help shape the future.

Course Features

Understanding the basics of forecasting
Exploring technology trends and learning hands-on methods
Identifying challenges to businesses
Discovering how to turn challenges in to opportunities
Exploring strategic tools and product innovation techniques
Learning how to communicate ideas and strategy in engaging ways

Tools and methods covered in the workshop

  • Trend Analysis through Scanning Technique
  • STEEEP – Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, Ethical and Political consequences and implications
  • Futures Wheel
  • Impact Matrix
  • Backcasting
  • Storytelling with artifacts

Course’s Schedule

Day 1: Scanning the Environment
  • Understanding the basics of forecasting
  • Examining some of the common misconceptions about innovation and the future
  • Exploring technology trends and learning hands-on methods for distinguishing real signal from noise
Day 2: Imagining futures
  • Exploring possible implications of technologies and trends
  • Working in groups we will explore different futures and inspire and learn from each other
  • Learning how to identify challenges to businesses and how to turn them in to opportunities
Day 3: Strategy and innovation
  • Defining a preferred future for businesses and exploring strategic tools and product innovation techniques that will help pilot business into the future
  • We will generate ideas, explore strategy and learn how to communicate them in interesting and engaging ways

This course is ideal for...

This workshop is designed for anyone creating or managing a business or product, decision-makers and people who are responsible for strategic decision-making or product innovation.

We encourage participants from all disciplines and functions such as business owners, designers, strategists as well as senior management involved in strategy and/or innovation.

No experience in Design or Foresight is necessary but participants will be expected to bring a critical, analytical, curious and collaborative mind.

Course registration

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