Certificate in Strategic Foresight, Bishop Hines 2012 Products

Certificate in Strategic Foresight
Course products (revised)
P Bishop/A Hines, 5/23/12

University of Houston


This document contains the detailed instructions for completing the projects for the Certificate in
Strategic Foresight. Those who complete the projects successfully will receive the Certificate of
Achievement from the University of Houston.


Overall Objective: Use the skills taught in this course and apply them to one’s own enterprise in an integrated manner.

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MER Futures Research, Peter Bishop

University of Houston, Department of Futures Studies


Course Title: Futures Research


Overview
Futures Research is a survey course about the methods and tools that professional futurists use to help people anticipate and influence the future. It is a core course in the Futures Studies program. It covers methods and tools used by forecasters in general as well as by professional futurists. It also covers the techniques that futurists use more than others to forecast the future, particularly creating scenarios of the future, and the techniques used by futurists and consultants alike to help people influence the future, particularly visions, strategic plans, and change management programs.

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MER Futures Syllabus, Chris Jones

FUTURES STUDIES
POLS 396
Syllabus – Mesa State College

Spring 2007 Dr. Christopher Jones
MWF 1:00 – 1:50 P.M. Office: Lowell Heiny Hall 427
Houston Hall 233 Office Hours: 11 A.M.-1 P.M. MWF
E-mail: chrjones@mesastate.edu Office: 970-248-1569

Course Overview and Rationale
Introduction to Future Studies surveys the origins, founders and history of the futures studies movement, examines the methods and techniques of the field, covers basic assumptions and theories, and focuses on some of the basic skills and tools. In other words, the course is designed to explore the scope of Futures Studies as a field, discuss where and how it developed, how it has shaped and continues to shape its assumptions, who contributed the basic ideas and methods, where it seems to be going, and what it seems to be avoiding.

15 week course

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MER International Futures Syllabus, Barry Hughes

University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies

INTS 3701: International Futures

Significant forces reshape the socio-political world much like tectonic plates restructure the geological world. These include the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) revolution and other technological change, the demographic/agricultural transitions, financial globalization, the energy transition from fossil fuels, atmospheric carbon build-up, reshaping of value systems, and global democratization. Serious analysis of global affairs requires an understanding of these forces, the primary issues to which they give rise, and the debates over country-specific and multilateral policy responses to the issues. This course surveys key forces and provides analytical tools from a broad range of disciplines to facilitate better understanding of them and the dynamics of their interaction.

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MER Peace Education: Understanding and Negotiating Conflict, Ivana Milosevic

PEACE EDUCATION:
UNDERSTANDING AND NEGOTIATING CONFLICTS IN OUR SCHOOLS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
EDUC2040 COURSE PROFILE
The University of Queensland

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course provides a critical overview of theoretical and applied principles of Peace Education. It begins by introducing students to historical and contemporary views of peace and security as well as to views of the roots of violence and conflict. It then discusses peace, conflict and violence in educational settings. As well, this course explores the role of violence in our lives and the lives of others and how peace education can help deal with this violence. Students are then introduced to various case studies (community, whole school and classroom approaches) and skills for practical conflict resolution.

The course will help students further their understanding of the sources and roles of conflict, violence and peace. It will facilitate dealing with violence and conflict creatively and pro-actively. It will also prepare them to teach about and practice peace, nonviolence, and conflict resolution in their workplaces, families and communities.

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MER Pro-seminar in Futures Studies, Peter Bishop

University of Houston, Department of Futures Studies


Course Title:Pro-Seminar


Overview
The Proseminar in Futures Studies is the last or almost the last course that most students take in the futures program. Therefore, its primary objective is to help students make the transition from being a futures student to being a futures professional. Even those who will not become full-time futures professionals (perhaps because they already have a career) still need to begin practicing their old careers in new ways.

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MER Reform vs Strategy, Riel Miller

Sciences Po
Masters in Public Affairs 2005-2006

Syllabus, 1st semester
Reform versus Strategy: Making Choices at the End of the Administrative Era


Instructor: Riel Miller

Course Description:
Today, with some urgency and perplexity, decision makers in all sectors and all levels are searching for policies that can:

  • reconcile greater individual freedom with collective choices;
  • embrace greater diversity without inviting fragmentation & chaos;
  • foster greater creativity without increasing burn-out & stress;
  • inspire responsibility;
  • motivate change without resorting to fear;
  • manage risk without hierarchy;
  • combine respect for complexity while still gaining depth of understanding

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MER Reform vs Strategy, Riel Miller

Sciences Po
Masters in Public Affairs 2005-2006

Syllabus, 1st semester
Reform versus Strategy: Making Choices at the End of the Administrative Era


Instructor: Riel Miller

Course Description:
Today, with some urgency and perplexity, decision makers in all sectors and all levels are searching for policies that can:
• reconcile greater individual freedom with collective choices;
• embrace greater diversity without inviting fragmentation & chaos;
• foster greater creativity without increasing burn-out & stress;
• inspire responsibility;
• motivate change without resorting to fear;
• manage risk without hierarchy;
• combine respect for complexity while still gaining depth of understanding

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MER Schools That Learn: Creating Futures That Matter, Ivana Milosevic

SCHOOLS THAT LEARN: CREATING FUTURES THAT MATTER
EDUC7036 Course Profile
The University of Queensland

COURSE OVERVIEW

There is widespread perception in Australia, and indeed, all over the world, that our education systems are failing to prepare young people for the very different world they will inhabit in the not so distant future. Yet accurately predicting the future is not possible. What can be done? One response is to build a whole range of resources from the field of Futures Studies into educational structures, processes and curricula. These resources include futures concepts, futures tools and teaching techniques. Such starting points provide the means to create new units, modules and indeed whole futures oriented curricula. These tools are also useful for those who wish to introduce a futures focus within other subjects, and for those whose interest lies in educational leadership or administration rather than curriculum.

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MER Strategic Planning, Peter Bishop

University of Houston, Department of Futures Studies
Course Title: Strategic Planning

Overview

The study of the future consists of two main activities–forecasting (describing) likely and other plausible future conditions and influencing (changing) those conditions to be as close to our ideal as possible. This course focuses on the latter, influencing or changing the future. First, we understand the role of values in creating preferred futures. Then, we look at various approaches to envisioning preferred futures. Next, we explore how to create a plan to achieve that vision, and how change management can help facilitate the change.

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MER The Art of Forecasting, Barry Hughes

Universtiy of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies

INTS 4345 (CRN#2364): The Art of Forecasting

There is a strong need in both the private and public sectors for individuals who (1) understand how forecasting is done in order to interpret and evaluate it and (2) can themselves develop and present forecasts of various kinds in support of policy analysis and decision-making. The objective of this course is to help students acquire such skills and an understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, and applicability.

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PB10 Baseline Analysis The Epistemology of Scenario Development, Peter Bishop

Introduction
The core principle of strategic foresight is that the future is multiple not singular. Futurists describe the future as a set of plausible alternatives (scenarios) rather than as the single-valued prediction that other forecasters prefer. Policy makers and the public at large prefer predictions because they are simple and easy to grasp. Predictions are singular just like the present or at least the way people experience it. If there is to be one present in the future, then it seems logical that there is one future that will become that present and that the task of forecasting is to figure out which one of it is. And finally, people prefer predictions because they are supported by evidence, just like inferences in history and science. Predicting the future is seen as the application of modern science to human affairs.

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