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Building Design Activism: Future Optionality in the Age of Mega-threats

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This course empowers participants to proactively shape their future by mastering trend analysis and visionary thinking. Through interactive exercises, case studies, and expert insights, learners will develop the ability to anticipate changes, craft strategic alternatives, and design actionable plans for sustainable success. It will guide the participants to transform uncertainty into opportunity and drive forward-thinking decisions within their organisation. A strong reference to the finance of options and portfolio management, applied to future optionality as a mechanism to hedge the risks of the future, will be analysed and discussed throughout the course.


Professor Mark Esposito
Faculty Associate
Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard’s Davis Center for Eurasian Studies, Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Dr. Mark Esposito is recognised internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to The Fourth Industrial Revolution. He is a global expert of the World Economic Forum and advisor to national governments. He serves as Professor of Economics, Strategy and Foresights at Hult International Business School (where he directs the Futures Impact Lab) as well as at Harvard Division of Continuing Education where he teaches a popular executive course on Artificial Intelligence. He is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, always at Harvard. He is an appointed Professor of Public Policy at Mohamed Bin Rashid School of Government in the UAE and an appointed Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He served from 2015-2019 as Institutes Council Co-Leader, at the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program (MOC) at the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, at Harvard Business School under the mentorship of Professor Michael E. Porter and as Founding Research Fellow of the Circular Economy Center at the Judge Business School at University of Cambridge, from 2016 to 2020.

He was inducted in 2016 by Thinkers50 as one of the 30 most prominent rising business thinkers in the world and among the top 50 sustainability thinkers in the world by Thinkers360. He is a Senior Advisor to the Ideation Centre of Strategy& at PwC in Dubai and the UC Berkeley SkyDeck incubator. He has also joined the India Dialog at Stanford University’s US Asia Technology Center since 2022.

Mark holds prestigious fellowships at UCL and the University of Cambridge. He has authored/co-authored over 150 publications peer and non-peer reviewed, 13 books, among which two Amazon bestsellers: Understanding how the Future Unfolds (2017) and The AI Republic (2019). His latest books are: “The Emerging Economies under the Dome of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Cambridge University Press, 2022) and “The Great Remobilization: Strategies and Designs for a Global Smarter World”, (MIT University Press, 2023). His next book will be “Digitising the Emerging Economies” ( Cambridge University Press, 2024). His academic journey culminated with a doctoral degree in Business and Economics from Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, one of France’s esteemed Grande Ecole.

Foundations in Decision-Making and Organisational Strategy. To fully benefit from the Strategic Foresight course, participants should have a basic understanding of decision-making processes and organisational strategy.

Delivery Format:



9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

3D Printed Office, Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE

Target Audience:
Executive Management, Directors, Strategy, Innovation, Foresight or Program Management roles


AED 4,500
Per Participant


Day 1
  • Prominent global megatrends and the impact of emerging technologies
  • New tools to capture the new economy: The 6Cs framework
  • Strategic foresight: Assessing strategic alternatives
  • Prediction, Anticipation and Options: when to choose which tool for forecasting strategic moves
  • Making informed decisions amidst uncertainty and ambiguity, minimising risks, and maximising opportunities
  • Introduction of the Global Cognitive Economy Canvas
  • Building resilience out of forces of transformation and disruption
Day 2
  • Building organisational resilience while navigating disruptive forces 
  • Illustration of how resilience builds a new form of organisational leadership. 
  • Analysing current strategic models for future viability
  • Effective strategies for gaining buy-in from stakeholders and promoting organisational foresight culture
  • Approaches for integrating foresight into the organizational decision-making process 
  • Zeroth-Principle Leadership: Building an innovation mindset 

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Learning Objectives

  • Grasp Megatrends and Technologies: Learn to spot and assess key global trends and emerging tech impacts, preparing for future market changes.
  • Decision-Making Amidst Uncertainty: Master making informed decisions in uncertain conditions, focusing on minimising risks and seizing opportunities.
  • Engage Stakeholders and Foster Foresight: Develop tactics to secure stakeholder support and cultivate a forward-looking organizational culture.
  • Innovate with New Frameworks: Discover new tools like the Global Cognitive Economy Canvas and the 6Cs framework to innovate and build resilience against disruption.

Learning Outcomes

  • Predict and Prepare: Apply skills to foresee future events, reducing risks and setting up for success.
  • Gain Strategic Edge: Learn to use foresight for better decisions, leading to higher profits and growth.
  • Develop Action Plans: Complete the course ready to analyse trends and implement strategic plans for your organisation.
  • Lead with Confidence: Emerge as a leader who navigates uncertainty with innovative strategies, backed by expert insights.


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