Futures Workshops

Our custom forecasting workshops are experiential and productive deep-dives into the future.

 

Using our unique convening framework, we bring together your staff with futurists for custom workshops. They are typically held on-site, within an organization's meeting spaces, to accommodate the schedules of busy teams and executives. We also facilitate futures workshops at off-sites and company retreats. Shorter workshops can be incorporated into conference agendas.

Futures workshop deliverables include:

 Pre-workshop reading materials

• Custom research

 Printed and digital workbooks

Foresight tools

A set of actionable steps that can be taken once the workshop concludes

Workshops range from half-day sessions to multi-day intensives. We work with clients to custom-build the best workshop for each team and project.

 

Advisory Services

We advise executive leadership, management teams, boards of directors and and researchers working in R&D.

 

Working With Your Team

FTI advises executive leadership and management teams in a number of settings. We facilitate and participate in powerful conversations about key strategic issues your organization should be thinking about now. We support clients in a number of ways, including:

• Emerging trend briefings for senior leadership

• Strategic foresight analysis and futures guidance during meetings 

• Guidance on an organization's longer-term planning

• Assessment of a new or planned technology product, service or policy

• Assistance writing an organization's strategic plan

• Developing custom forecasts/ research

We offer stand-alone engagements as well as monthly and yearly retainers for our advisory services.

 

The Foresight Program

This is the Institute’s flagship offering. Started in 2008, the Foresight Program is a yearlong collaboration between the Institute’s futurists and an organization’s staff. If you are in any position of leadership—whether you’re the CEO of a large corporation, a media executive, an investor, a chief marketing officer, a government administrator, part of an R&D team, a program director within a nonprofit, or the manager of a division within a sprawling company—you must continuously and strategically monitor trends and plan for the future. The Foresight Program is uniquely designed to ensure that you, your team and your organization are positioned to create your own preferred futures.

 

Benefits of the Foresight Program

Each participating organization receives:

Quarterly in-person workshops (at your office)

Custom tech trends research

On-demand access to collaborate and brainstorm with the Institute’s staff

Invitations to our events

Printed sets of our annual Tech Trends reports

In-person workshops are both inspiring and pragmatic: by the end of each one, participants have an action plan and next steps.


Typical Participants

Foresight Program members include Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industry sectors, including media, retail, technology, financial services, hospitality and transportation.

Departments that typically send staff to the program include strategy and planning, R&D, technology-specific groups (autonomous driving, platforms), marketing, customer insights/ research, investment divisions and senior leadership groups.