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Executive Course on SMART Foresight

March 6, 2021

Course overview: 3 half days | 9 sessions | 12 Hours

  • Next date: 6-8 Jul 2021; 12.00pm-4.00pm GMT.
  • Delivered by: Dr Rafael Popper and Dr Guillermo Velasco.
  • Teaching: Lectures, practical exercises, case studies.
  • Location: Zoom (This is a virtual course).

Click here to view the course brochure

We are taking a new approach to short executive courses to provide agile and rapid training on how to design and manage the five phases of a SMART foresight and futures research process: Scoping, Mobilising, Anticipating, Recommending and Transforming.

Our SMART approach will be beneficial for anyone who tave taken the ‘Foresight in Action’ and ‘Foresight Methods’ courses, as well as newcomers. The course is primarily focused on process design and management with emphasis on how to plan and execute a fully-fledged foresight process.

Together with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd we have introduced a new set of online courses aimed at boosting foresight and futures know-how. The course is structured around 5 core lectures (approx. 90-120 minutes each) and 5 interactive sessions (approx. 60-90 minutes each) delivered in a 5-half day programme (including optional individual and group practical exercises).

Course certificate from The University of Manchester will be provided.

You may register for one half day, two half days or the full course.  Costs are shown in the brochure. To book your place, please contact the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) manager Deborah Cox.

Course programme

Half-day 1

Tuesday, 06 July 2021

  • Session 1: How to design and manage the SCOPING phase of a foresight process?
    Defining key objectives, project team, budget, time horizon and methodology.
  • Session 2: How to design and manage the MOBILISING phase of a foresight process?
    Engaging sponsors, key stakeholders and domain/methodology experts.
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussions/exercises

Half-day 2

Wednesday, 07 July 2021

  • Session 3: How to design and manage the ANTICIPATING phase of a foresight process?
    Anticipating possible futures, visions and forward-looking issues, roadmaps and models.
  • Session 4: How to design and manage the RECOMMENDING phase of a foresight process?
    Providing strategic, tactical and operational recommendations with robust advice framing.
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussions/exercises

Half-day 3

Thursday, 08 July 2021

  • Session 5: How to design and manage the TRANSFORMING phase of a foresight process
    Promoting multi-systemic transformations through sustainable impact and excellence.
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussions/exercises
  • Challenge: Group presentations with real-time evaluation à la Dragons’ Den
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