This course is an intensive introduction to the world of Futures Literacy, it will provide you with an outline of the three main components of futures literacy comprising of cognitive, motivational and active skills. This course will explore the essential 21st century skills needed in a more complex and ever-changing world. These tools will help you to build a future-oriented mindset that will act as a stepping stone in being part of shaping the future collectively.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define the main components of futures literacy
  • Gain tools for a future-oriented mindset
  • Define active skills and their applications
  • Acquire the skills needed to apply futures literacy at work and life
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Module 1
  • Introduction
  • What Is the "future"?
  • Test your knowledge
  • Our connection to the past
  • Raising self-awareness
  • Components of futures literacy
  • Why is futures literacy important
  • Test your knowledge
Module 2
  • Component 1: Developing cognitive capacity
  • Factors shaping the future
  • Waves of change
  • Understanding the sixth wave
  • Test your knowledge
Module 3
  • Components 2: Developing motivational capacity
  • Understanding emotions
  • Understanding assumptions
  • Understanding expectations
  • Let's reflect
  • Understanding values
  • Understanding attitudes
  • Futures literacy at an organizational level
  • Organizational mindset principles
  • Anticipate future needs
  • Test your knowledge
  • Make use of incomplete knowledge
  • Test your knowledge
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Think long and short term
  • Dream productively
  • Respect knowledge wherever you find It
  • Let's reflect
Module 4
  • Component 3: Developing active skills
  • Test your knowledge
  • Basic vs active skills
  • Exploring key active skills
  • Active Skills 1: Planetary skills
  • Merging technology with UAE natural treasure
  • Nature as a source of inspiration
  • Practical tips for planetary skills
  • Active Skills 2: Complexity
  • Complex versus complicated systems
  • Dealing with complexity
  • Practical tips to deal with complexity
  • Active Skills 3: Creativity
  • Practical tips for building creativity
  • Active Skills 4: Empathy
  • The risk of declining empathy
  • An example of empathy
  • Practical tips to build empathy
  • Test your knowledge
  • Conclusion