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Approx. 11 hours to complete
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Institute for the Future

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Welcome to the Future

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 42 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
9 videos
Welcome to the course! Meet your professor Jane McGonigal3m
Give me some examples of futures thinking!3m
Meet some professional futurists1m
What is futures thinking?4m
Mini-Masterclass: The Future Belongs to Everyone8m
When does the future start?6m
What are the benefits of futures thinking?7m
Choose your own future!2m
7 readings
Take our 2-minute survey about the future2m
What is Futures Thinking?10m
Who Hires Futurists?5m
How to think like a futurist: The 5 key principles15m
Why Companies Work With Futurists15m
Who Owns Your Future?15m
Six Possible Futures of Food20m
3 practice exercises
What is futures thinking?10m
When does the future start?5m
What are the seven benefits of futures thinking?10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Signals of Change

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Examples of Signals10m
Five Minutes in the Future of Food4m
Five Minutes in the Future of Economic Justice5m
How to Interpret Signals6m
Your Turn! Analyze a Signal2m
Where do you look for signals? And other FAQ6m
2 readings
Future of Work in 2030 - Signals Report30m
More Examples of Signals of Change10m
2 practice exercises
What's a signal of change?5m
Future of Work - Signals of Change10m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Look Back to Look Forward

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 17 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
How to Look Back to Look Forward (Part I)3m
How to Look Back to Look Forward (Part II)9m
4 readings
Excerpt: Hope in the Dark10m
TOOL: Look Back to Look Forward15m
The Future of Work is Task-Based, not Time-Based10m
Who Invented Futures Thinking and Why?15m
1 practice exercise
Who invented futures thinking, and why?5m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Four Types of Futures Thinking

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 29 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
The Four Types of Futures Thinking9m
Why I Future with Youth3m
Why I Future with Musicians2m
Why I Future with Incarcerated People2m
Why I Future with My City3m
Congratulations! You've finished this course49s
4 readings
The Future as a Way of Life10m
A Guide to The Four Types of Futures Thinking10m
How Professional Futurists Imagine the Future30m
An invitation to join our free Alumni Network2m
2 practice exercises
Can you identify the four types of futures thinking?10m
Why do people use futures thinking in their work?10m

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