Futures Mindset 1: Build Resilient Thinking


A three-hour workshop to help you learn to think differently. This is the most important skill you need to acquire if you want to stay flexible, creative, and resilient and build your Futures Mindset.

Saturday 3rd July 2-5pm UK time (3-6pm Brussels, 9am-12pm New York) on Zoom.

Thinking is your most fundamental resource – and never more so than in today’s turbulent times. If you want to remain adaptive and able to cope with the deluge of information and misinformation around you, look no further…

Key to gaining a Futures Mindset is Resilient Thinking. It’s this that generates the insights and options you create that will enable you to solve problems, overcome barriers and accomplish your goals. If you want to develop your creativity, adaptability and resilience, your first step is to learn to detect your buried biases and assumptions that can cloud your judgement and inhibit your decision-making. This introductory course is the first step towards building your futures skillset.


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After more than twenty years helping leading organisations to develop their creativity, adaptability and resilience, we’ve distilled some of the key learnings into this course, the first step to developing future-proof skills. If you want to think more flexibly and creatively, two 21st century skills that will make you more resilient and able to adapt to change, this is the place to start.

This course is designed to explore how you think – as opposed to what you think. This course will enable you to learn about:

  • Mental models and cognitive biases that can help you make split second decisions – or blindside you
  • Hidden assumptions that can help you achieve clarity – or cloud your judgement
  • Cognitive dissonance that can help you recognise what matters to you – or make you deaf to alternative points of view.

Learning is only useful if you can stretch your thinking and put it into practice. We will give you tools to identify and understand what your personal mental models are, and also when and where they will be useful to you when you need to generate insights in order to solve problems, overcome barriers and accomplish your goals. We will give you exercises that will help you:

  • increase your alertness to the appropriateness of your thinking patterns
  • grow your confidence to challenge your and others’ hidden assumptions
  • improve your ability to generate and absorb fresh perspectives and new ideas
  • heighten your tolerance of the ambiguity around you


  • “In 2025, creativity and flexibility will be among the most sought-after skills…” according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2020.
  • The Citi Report Technology at Work v4.0: Navigating the Future of Work informed us that we will have six different careers in our lifetime and 60% of those jobs do not yet exist. Their advice was the following: “Embracing the notion that there will be constant change across every facet of life is critical to navigating the future”.
  • Richard Baldwin, one of the world’s leading experts on globalization, argues that the speed of change is threatening our capacity to adapt in his latest book, The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work. The strategy he suggests to deal with this is to develop the ”indispensable skills that no machine can copy: creativity and independent thought.”

What will you walk away with?

  • More awareness of your personal biases and blindspots
  • More alertness to hidden and embedded assumptions that can blindside you
  • Greater comfort with ambiguity and different perspectives
  • Greater recognition of other ways of seeing the world and new possibilities
  • More observant of what is changing in the world ‘out there’

…so that you can

  • Recognise changing circumstances before they trip you up or blind you to potential opportunities
  • Ask the critical contextual questions
  • Gain clarity about what’s going on ‘out there’
  • Look laterally and notice the alternative perspectives that challenge your own
  • Innovate more easily
  • Feel more confident


This is for you if you:

  • know things are changing and don’t know how to respond
  • want to avoid being blind-sided
  • feel you need a more adaptive mindset and strategy
  • want to become more comfortable with ambiguity – thereby increasing openness to change
  • think you might need to upskill
  • favour questions that can’t be answered over answers that can’t be questioned

This is NOT for you if you:

  • think tomorrow will look like today
  • want to argue about whether you need to adapt to change
  • favour answers that can’t be questioned over questions that can’t be answered

This is the first course in a three-part series designed to equip you with the mindset you need to succeed in the future. Part two will cover “How to Spot Faint Signals of Change” and part three will cover “How and When to Take Action” and will be available to book late Summer with a discount available for attending all three.