Facilitating Futures

Intro to Facilitating Futures

In this informative hour-long mini-workshop, you’ll engage in some of the challenges you may encounter when setting up a Futures project, facilitating Futures projects or workshops, and sustaining support and advocacy.

November 9, 2022
7am - 8am CT​
Live Online
Futures Thinking is an evolving practice that uses design and analysis methods for looking ahead to understand future market conditions so that you can prepare for opportunities or threats. It can be powerful for innovation, strategy and vision exercises and can be used to create roadmaps toward future products and services. Futures has grown in popularity over the last decade as a tool for designers and business leaders. In the wake of COVID, companies are looking for new ways to become resilient in the face of uncertainty and to future-proof their business. However, starting and running a Futures project isn’t always easy. It’s a brand new process to many and gaining buy-in, support and commitment can be tough. Having to convince your clients of a new process where ROI can be a long road is also difficult. How might we get people invested in the importance of long-term thinking? And explain the value of this work on a practical level so that we can benefit from the methodologies in the short and long term?

November 9, 2022
7am - 8am CT​
Live Online
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Priming your Audience
Getting your team, clients, and collaborators ready for innovation, strategy, and Futures work
Facilitating Methods
Tips and tricks for how to prepare and execute selected Strategic Foresight and Futures Design exercises
Futures Design
Creative brainstorming and narrative storytelling for designing future products and services
Developing a strategic roadmap toward future worlds/products

Who Should Attend

Futures Designers
Who are new or currently practicing Futures in their design practice
Design & Innovation Leaders
Who know and recognize the value of Futures Thinking and long-term strategic innovation and visioning and want to begin acquiring and developing more Futures engagements and workshops
Who know and recognize the value of Futures Thinking and want to learn more about its application and how it can lead to innovation
New Futurists
Who have just discovered the field and wondering about the best ways to implement and execute

Key Takeaways

Define what Futures Thinking is and where/how/why to apply it
Practically execute the Futures process in a variety of contexts and tools
Learn tips, tricks, ahas, and gotchas from the field
Assess the culture, environment, and application of the client so they can be successful in facilitation of the process

Featured Facilitators

Phil Balagtas
Phil is a design leader based in San Francisco, CA and has been a practicing designer for over 20 years. He has experience designing across a variety of devices and platforms within non-profit, retail, advertising, and enterprise software organizations. He most recently served as Design Director at General Electric’s Digital Aviation group and also as an Experience Design Director at McKinsey & Company working across industries to transform and enhance their digital businesses and strategies. He is also the president and founder of the Design Futures Initiative which organizes the international Speculative Futures meetups and the PRIMER conference in the US and Europe. He is currently Principal and Executive Design Director of his own Futures Design consultancy called HABITAT where he trains and supports companies around the world on Futures Thinking projects and initiatives.

What People are Saying

"Anyone that can construct a sequence of conversations to lead others is a metaskill. Anyone who participates in meetings or owns an agenda would benefit from this. It is a whirlwind, but you are among others who are in charge of making an impact. This is a practical, hands-on deep dive for managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who can change their culture by leading meetings like a pro."

Mark T.

"I realized my entire role is facilitation. I have to do a lot of lateral influencing. So I use these skills even if it is not a super-structured workshop. Our product team has micro meetings all the time, and these methods help us get the most of those moments. My team can lean on me to facilitate. You will redesign the way you have conversations. I can’t believe every college student doesn’t have to take a class like this. This is how you collaborate. It is the underpinning of the future of work."

Savannah C.
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