This course is an intensive introduction to the world of futures thinking and strategic foresight. We will examine what foresight is, and how it helps us unlock many different types of possible futures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand systematic and futuristic thinking
  • Apply tools of foresight and concepts of future studies at the workplace
  • Analyse the difference between complex and complicated systems
  • Evaluate the key driving forces that are shaping our world


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Module 1
  • Introduction
  • What is foresight?
  • Test your knowledge
  • Did you know?
  • Foresight in the context of the United Arab Emirates
  • Why foresight?
  • Evolution of foresight
Module 2
  • Foresight methodologies and tools
  • Time
  • Images of the future
  • Futures knowledge
  • Foresight is about all kinds of futures
  • Test your knowledge
Module 3
  • Complexity and systems thinking
  • Linear vs. systems thinking
  • Complexity vs. complication
  • Test your knowledge
  • Scenarios
  • History of scenario thinking
  • Strategic thinking
  • Foresight in the UAE leadership
Module 4
  • Change dynamics
  • Key driving forces shaping our world
  • Test your knowledge
Module 5
  • Key foresight tools
  • Test your knowledge
  • Ethics in foresight
  • Conclusion