Learn Futures thinking – free course from World Future Society

As interest in creativity and innovation is on the rise, so is futures thinking.  The World Future Society offers a free email course on the fundamentals ‘foresight’ that will introduce you the discipline futurists use.  It’s about 10 sessions in length, non-intrusive and not pitchy at all.  Give it a try to expand your thinking and to get inside the head of people who call themselves futurists.

We use foresight techniques with clients to expand their idea generating prospects for new ideas and new decisions.  Works like a charm. On occasion we’ll bring in a futurist with a special focus on a client-related topic to investigate emerging trends grounded in great stats! Here’s futures thinking course link. A couple of their videos follow. Conference

Their conference is coming up this July in Boston, well worth it to see what’s trending forward and what people are working on. You’d be amazed. Imagine networking with people who study the future. I attended WFS conferences since 2005 and am presenting this year on how World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 sustains the human spirit. Doing a pre-conference as well showing futurists how to engage the human spirit in their work.

For a taste of topics discussed take a look at their interview with keynoter Ray Kurzweil, Merging With the Machines: Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law of Exponential Growth. Ray is the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. He co-founded Singularity University on the US West Coast a few years ago.

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