In a constantly changing environment, there is an increasing need to confront the future. Conventional strategy meetings, however, are usually primarily concerned with the linear development of existing business. Here, the future thinking facilitator's task is to take managers and employees on the road to the future and identify and process trends and signals with them, while dealing with continuous change in a proactive and structured manner by thinking in scenarios. The comprehensive toolbox and positive mindset will help you moderate complex decision-making processes in often uncertain situations.
You will be made familiar with the future thinking process and will learn to apply and use the appropriate methods and tools in your own organisation as appropriate to the situation.
You will have the ability to incorporate existing findings from trend analyses and research into decision-making processes in a targeted manner.
You will be able to establish cross-references to various professional disciplines and gain a complete overview of a situation.
You will be able to develop visions of the future and scenarios in dialogue with members of the executive board or the board of directors.
You will learn various methods from the world of future thinking and will be able to employ them to achieve your goals.
You will be familiar with the interpretation and use of current research results.
You will be able to apply the methods learned in a targeted and technically correct manner and adapt what you have learned to the needs of your own practice.
You will develop into a trustworthy contact person for questions concerning the future of a company, a state organisation or an NGO.
You will know how to coordinate, moderate and bring a group process to a successful conclusion.
You will place yourself in the service of the collective and support individual and collective development processes.
You will learn how to act in an appreciative, respectful and fair manner in a team. You will be able to provide professional feedback taking into account the subjectivity of points of view and perspectives (ego message/perception and effect).
You will be able to deal constructively with different outlooks and master difficult situations in a team.
You will acquire confidence in your ability to understand, describe and communicate a situation in all its complexity.
You will take responsibility for the planning and implementation of analysis processes.
You will develop confidence in dealing with unpredictable situations.
You will be able to represent your own points of view, question these in dialogue and develop them further.
The recognised Future Thinking Framework will be employed in the following four blocks:
Introduction to the basics.
Learning the theoretical concept.
Determination of individual and group-specific objectives for learning goals.
Exchange with experts.
Reflection on the views and roles of a future thinking facilitator.
Initiation of development of own cases for future scenarios.
The findings will be reviewed within the group and further developed in the form of case-specific scenarios and statements on future opportunities and their influence on the present.
Learning of a selection of methods, instruments and skills for structured recording, process management and moderation of discussions and decisions with various stakeholders.
Development of basics such as signals, drivers, forecasts and scenarios.
Transition from a trend to a scenario relevant to the company, organisation, NGO and situation.
A future thinking facilitator assumes the role of a "translator" and thus "provokes" an internal "aha!” effect.
The balancing act of the outside-to-inside view and inside-to-outside view in the context of today's strategy and decision-making processes will be experienced and explored.
In this block we will focus on the process of future thinking and the concrete application of methods through to the preparation of an action plan.
The purpose of all discussions about the future is to create a certain sense of urgency and to translate the findings into meaningful measures, including the allocation of resources.
We will be shedding light on the views of various important stakeholders as well as the framework conditions of future thinking teams within and outside organisations and companies.
You will prepare an action plan for your existing project as well as a future thinking pitch and its presentation (Future Vision 2030 poster). In small groups the participants will present their plans to the plenum and receive qualified feedback.
The course participants will be guided through an interactive process and learn from and with each other.
The classroom sessions will be distributed in a targeted manner to allow both physical presence and online participation.
New forms of collaboration will be experimented with, including the coordinated use of physical meetings and the use of tools for eCollaboration.
The course blocks are not structured to provide for conventional teaching but as experience motivators, as celebrations of future-orientated ideas, enriched with examples by and for innovators, inventors, change agents and intrapreneurs.
Active participation in the specialist course is required to obtain the specialist certificate. If you wish to obtain ECTS credits, you will be required to submit an action plan for a personal project as well as a future thinking pitch and its presentation on the basis of a "Vision 2030 Poster". This will be evaluated on the basis of predefined criteria.
Title + qualification
Specialist course as a Future Thinking Facilitator
All participants will be issued with a professional certificate. Participants who meet the admission requirements for university-level continuing education at Bern University of Applied Sciences and who successfully complete the proof of competence will be awarded 4 ECTS credits.
Christina Taylor, internationally recognised expert in innovation, transformation and design thinking. 30 years of experience in various management positions in companies such as Swisscom and Omega; thereof 5 years as a Future Thinking Catalyst in Silicon Valley. Managing Partner and Head of Strategic Forecast/Future Thinking at the innovation factory Creaholic.
Béatrice Merlach has 20 years of management experience in innovation and digital transformation with companies including Swissair, Zurich Financial Services, SRG/SSR. Today she is responsible for transformation and future thinking projects at Creaholic.
Andreas Ninck, professor at Bern University of Applied Sciences, expert in the fields of Innovation Management, Business Design and Collaboration Engineering; has worked at Stanford University, internalising the innovation culture of Silicon Valley.
Do you work in middle management, are you yourself a leader or the right hand of visionary leaders of a company, state organisation or NGO? Do you want to courageously and actively shape the future of your organisation as an agent of change or leader in a transformation programme? Then this creative continuing education course in future thinking is just right for you.
You do not need to meet any specific admission requirements to participate in this specialist course. If you wish to obtain ECTS credits, the general conditions for continuing education will apply: you will require a university degree or equivalent qualification and at least two years' professional experience. If you have any questions, please contact the study administration or the course coordinator.
It is planned to start the next course in Spring 2021. The duration of the course is 6 attendance days spread over about 4 months: 10/11 May 2021, 25/26 June 2021, 20/21 August 2021. Refresher days will be 26 November 2021, 20 May 2022 and 25 November 2022.