Inside the Mind of a Futurist
The techniques and strategies to predict, prepare, and profit from the future.
To be an influential and effective leader, strategist, or investor, you first have to think like a futurist. The forces of technology-driven-change are sweeping across every industry, disrupting cities, businesses, products, and professions. Critical decision makers, investors, and strategists can no longer make decisions by projecting market trends forward.
The unique insights of futurists come from techniques such as backcasting, situational futuring, scenario planning, causal layer analysis, and environmental scanning, as well as watching innovation trends that will disrupt markets.
You will not only be able to proactively study and plan for the future, but also use these tools to create it! Traditionally, future-studies have been regarded as a theoretical discipline, but this course will show you the science behind the techniques and give you ways to make it actionable and potentially quite profitable.
In this course you will learn:
- Six techniques for predicting any technology’s future.
- How and when to use each technique.
- Practice using these techniques to shape your investment, corporate, and product strategies.
- Wildcard techniques to avoid/prepare for catastrophic risk.
- Improve your ability to communicate using powerful techniques for making a compelling case for your ideas.
Who Should Attend
Over time, futurist thinking will become integrated into virtually every discipline. This course has been designed for corporate executives, planners, strategists, influential thinkers, and those who aspire to take on that kind of role in the future. More specifically, those who manage or influence portfolios of technology or companies:
- VPs of Strategy
- Corporate fund managers
- Angel groups
- Board of Directors
- Family Offices
- Science fiction writers
- Future enthusiasts and hobbyists
Those who attend will be asked to read the following two books prior to class:
- “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” by Kevin Kelly
- “Epiphany Z: Eight Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future” by Thomas Frey
Michael Cushman is the Director of Vizionarium, the consulting practice at the DaVinci Institute, and has been a Sr. Fellow for more than a decade. Michael’s career focused on strategic formulation and execution within high-tech industries over several decades, from the Fortune 500 to multiple software startups, as a consultant and as an executive, on three continents. Michael has designed consulting methodologies for more than a half-dozen firms. He has won several product-of-the-year awards and holds patents in learning.
Since founding DaVinci Institute in 1997, Thomas Frey has built an enormous following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started seventeen businesses himself and assisting with the development of hundreds more, he brings a rare blend of reality-based thinking.
As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Thomas continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His presentations on have captivated people ranging from high-level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Toshiba, Lucent Technologies, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Hunter Douglas, YMCA, Times of India, and much more. Each year his talks inspire tens of thousands of people to see the future differently.
Dates and Times
- Dates: April 10-14, 2017 – Monday-Friday
- Times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Investment: $3499 per person
Includes lunch catered by a variety of local restaurants, light snacks, and a complimentary copy of “Epiphany Z: Eight Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future” by Thomas Frey
Early registration savings: Register before February 28th and receive $750 off