Futures & Foresight Offerings

For Public Service Professionals

The demand for professional development, upskilling and becoming more proficient in the knowledge base of strategic foresight is growing in particular for leaders and managers from all across the world who choose public service as a career. Our experiential learning in futures & foresight includes basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, offering a range of system dynamics simulations and games applied to anticipatory governance.

For Scholars & Educators

Our world class faculty has a long career of teaching futures & foresight in leading institutions. Our team of instructors have been selected based on their expertise in different specialized domains of futures & foresight. New faculty will enjoy developing career government professionals who are ready to learn, unlearn, and relearn to make an impact on policy and decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels. Qualified professors, authors, consultants, practitioners, researchers are encouraged to contact us and join the Foresight Academy as we grow and develop our unique training offerings.

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Certificate Courses

Course title: Foundational Ideas and Concepts in Futures Studies

Sample Topics Covered:

  • Human Time Consciousness: From Prediction to Foresight
  • History of Futures Studies in Five Key Waves
  • Forecasting vs. Foresight

Course Title: Applied Strategic Foresight Processes

Sample Topics Covered:

  • Strategic Planning + Foresight = Strategic Foresight
  • Building Blocks and Archetypes of the Alternative Futures
  • Integrated Approaches: Integral; Layered; Science Fiction

Course title: Philosophies for the Far Futures

Sample Topics Covered:

  • Pluralism of Theories
  • The Evolution of Time
  • Social and Technological Innovation

Simulations & Games

These simulations were developed at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and are being integrated into the DMS Academy simulations and gaming offerings.

  • An interactive, stochastic, and continuous game
  • Making difficult decisions in a fast-paced environment
  • Balancing public health, politics, and the economy
  • Transitioning city’s transportation infrastructure to a more sustainable state
  • Effective policy making such as negotiation, data analysis, and team management
  • Playing as city administrators, balancing budget, economy, and the public interest
  • Weighing political concerns, human rights, and budget issues in a crisis scenario
  • Short-term vs. Long-term benefits in migration for the economy over time
  • Multi-party negotiations and management of emergency funds