For the past six summers I've taken a short break from "work" work to lead short courses in futures, innovation and design, in various weights and mixtures. I always come away having learned as much as I've taught. This summer is a double-shot.
Starting next week, I'll be leading the Innovation & Futures Thinking summer intensive at IED Barcelona, perched in the lovely, quiet Gracia neighborhood. We have a large cohort of students coming from very different backgrounds, and will spend two weeks moving from an introduction to these two fields, and how they connect in reality, through sensing, sensemaking, storytelling and ultimately prototyping and planning.
The goal is to send the students back out into their professional lives with a better long-term lens in the work, and a set of flexible tools with which they can assess shifts in the world around them—particularly from outside their immediate fields—and apply that understanding to improve the future viability of their ideas. I'll be joined by John Willshire of Smithery, Andres Colmenares of wabi sabi lab and a few other special guests. [Late word is that we're now at full capacity!]
A few weeks later, I have the pleasure of joining up with School of International Futures (SoIF) for their summer retreat in Strategic Foresight, which provides a long-awaited opportunity to work with Andrew Curry of the Futures Company, as well as with my hosts at SoIF, and what promises to be an intriguing, diverse array of participants. And all of this takes place in Buckinghamshire, not far from my old haunts. If this experience also sounds good to you, there is still room to join.
I'll take time to recap what was learned from both sessions in the next round of the newsletter, which is targeted for August, along with some news on current and upcoming activities I haven't been able to mention yet.
Also, we're considering organizing some shorter workshops on futures in Amsterdam or nearby this autumn. If this interests you, please drop us a line to discuss.
Hope to see you out there, somewhere.