1-Day Focused Modules

Each 1-day module is structured to provide key vocabulary, an overview of relevant tools and methods, and hands-on exercises to put learning into action. Each concludes with a brief focus on next steps to put this new knowledge into action right away. 

Each highly interactive 1-day module typically takes 6 hours, and can be organized as a standalone workshop, or in conjunction with other modules. Participants receive all instructional material at the end of the session for internal use. 


Module 1: Sensing and Scanning

This 1-day module focuses on research skills and tools for collecting insights about the future. 

Topics covered include:

    • Scoping futures explorations — How to frame questions and choose tools.
    • Scanning and signal collection — Best practices to collect and organize data, evidence and insights as signals of possible futures, including qualitative and quantitative insights, observational research, interviews and more.
    • Collection, organization and synthesis — How to start making sense of signals and see emerging trends.
    • Trend taxonomies — How to sort, prioritize and understand relationships among trends.

    Module 2: Sensemaking and Mapping

    This 1-day module focuses on different approaches to yield new understandings from possible futures. 

    Topics covered include:

      • Organizing and socializing future insights — Generating trends and drivers, and group sensemaking approaches.
      • Mapping and clustering for pattern recognition — How to make sense of emerging patterns, map uncertainty and identify key strategic themes.
      • Timelines and horizon models — How to connect the near and the far to expose gaps and needs.

      Module 3: Scenario Development

      This 1-day module focuses on structuring and stress-testing narratives of possible futures. 

      Topics covered include:

        • Understanding applications of scenarios  Understanding when and where scenarios make sense to use.
        • Different scenario types  Deductive (2x2), Inductive and Four Futures scenario approaches, and when to use them.
        • Quick scenarios — How to combine patterns and themes into narratives about the future.
        • Deepening and stress testing — Getting beyond surface scenarios, and exploring implications, personas and opportunities. 

        Module 4: Prototyping & Storytelling

        This 1-day module focuses on fabricating and communicating tangible objects and future experiences. 

        Topics covered include:

        • Getting from scenarios to "things" — The role of experiences and objects to communicate future narratives.
        • World-building and rapid prototyping — How to turn narratives into rich stories and artifacts.
        • Communicating through scenarios and speculative prototypes — How to bring others into your possible future to share and debate insights.