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Approx. 10 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • Describe your preferred future

  • Create artifacts from the future

  • Build an action roadmap to change the future

  • Organize a community to change the future

Skills you will gain

ForesightCreativityStrategic PlanningInnovationLeadership
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Approx. 10 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Preferred Futures

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 28 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
What's a preferred future?9m
Tips on Preferred Futures4m
Working Backwards from a Preferred Future6m
Good news from the future!4m
5 readings
Take a two-minute survey about the future!2m
Urgent Optimism Skills Brief (Your "cheat sheet" for the course)15m
Hello from the year 2050: An example of a preferred future15m
News of the Future15m
TOOL: Headline the Future15m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Images of the Future

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 27 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Today's Images of the Future6m
Measuring and Influencing Optimism About the Future5m
3 Images of the Future, Year 20274m
4 readings
Images of the Future (excerpt)10m
OPTIONAL: 7 Images of the Future from 194710m
A Golden Age for Dystopian Fiction20m
OPTIONAL: Six Short Stories From the Future30m
1 practice exercise
Images of the Future10m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Artifacts from the Future

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
More Examples of Artifacts from the Future4m
Tips for Thinking of Artifacts5m
DEMO: How I Made These Artifacts!9m
1 reading
How to Make Artifacts from the Future20m
1 practice exercise
Artifacts from the Future5m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Action Roadmaps

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 35 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
How to Build an Action Roadmap (Part 1)3m
How to Build an Action Roadmap (Part 2)8m
Mini-Masterclass: Group and Community Futures (Part 1)12m
Mini-Masterclass: Group and Community Futures (Part 2)4m
SCENARIO: Sudan 20304m
4 readings
TOOL: Build an Action Roadmap10m
Climate Action Map20m
OPTIONAL: Kenya Youth Scenarios in 203015m
OPTIONAL: UNDP Foresight Manual: Empowered Futures for the 2030 Agenda15m
2 practice exercises
Climate Action and YOU15m
What community would you bring together to future?10m

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