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Futures and Foresight - Taster Workshop

Date: 14th Nov 2018, 14:30 to 16:30

Theme: From Start up to Scaleup

Venue: York St John University

In many organisations, the ability of leaders to stretch their talk and thinking to anything beyond three years is very limited. Indeed, such is the pressure of the present, it is highly likely that anything further than 6 months is the most common response.

This inability can produce a form of strategic myopia that falls into the category of what one writer has called ‘functional stupidity’.  Against this, the 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us raising more difficulties, more uncertainties but more possibilities.

Futures and Foresight is the interdisciplinary process to discover and understand possible, plausible, probable, desirable and creatable long term futures. For leaders of organisations, the integration of Futures and Foresight skills into their activities means they can more effectively anticipate and influence the future and work towards their preferred future. However, very few leaders have integrated Futures and Foresight into their organisations with the result that they have to respond in a very reactive manner to what happens. 

The purpose of the workshops is to provide an introduction to Futures and Foresight. The taster session will go over the below:

  1. Setting the theme and focus
  2. Setting questions for the future – usually 10 years from the present
  3. Key features of futures and foresight
  4. Projections
  5. Outlines of mini-scenarios

The workshop is designed by Professor Jeff Gold of York Business School.

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benenden health

Business Switch Gas and Electric

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Inclusion Housing

Incremental Solutions

Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Penlife Associates Chartered Financial Planners

Rollits LLP

Sparq (part of the Saville Group)

University of York

XPS Solutions Ltd

York Business Improvement District


York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership

Langleys Solicitors

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