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Futures Thinking and Creativity

On-site Copenhagen


Escape dominant narratives about the future and embrace new possibilities for action in this Futures Literacy inspired course. Learn to envision futures, utilise creative friction, and leverage uncertainty as a resource through hands-on exercises and industry case studies.

UNESCO considers Futures Literacy as one of the most important leadership skills in the 21st century. As a part of CIFS efforts to democratise futures literacy, we are thrilled to offer a targeted futures literacy course hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Leadership and Futures Capabilities in collaboration with Hyper Island.


The course explores different building blocks for enhanced anticipation and emphasizes emergence in futures work. It is for anyone intrigued to learn from envisioning futures through dynamic exercises, creative friction, stretching conventional thinking beyond boundaries, and cultivating the cognitive agility to embracing uncertainty as a resource.


Note that this is not a course on creativity, but on how to use the future creatively.

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About the course

What you will learn

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Participants will develop the ability to anticipate, negotiate, and respond to emerging future scenarios, enabling them to raise new questions, proactively explore possibilities, and inform decision-making and strategic planning in the present.

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Participants will enhance their capacity to generate creative ideas and explore alternative solutions to complex problems, fostering innovation and adaptability in their approach to decision-making.

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Participants will acquire understanding of interconnected factors and systemic relationships, empowering them to identify myths, metaphors, root causes, anticipate unintended consequences, and devise holistic solutions.

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Participants will cultivate collaborative skills and harness the collective wisdom of diverse teams, fostering inclusive knowledge creation processes and shared ownership of organizational goals and outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you finish this course you should have acquired you’ll have acquired the following knowledge and skills, which you’ll be able to use right away in your work, or add to your resumé:

  • Gain the competence of being able to consciously understand the role that thinking about the future has in the present.

  • Be able to explore expected and desired futures, identifying underlying assumptions.

  • Employ creative friction and open up for novelty and innovation by exploring and re-evaluating existing futures, questioning them and creating new ones.

  • Increase preparedness for the changes ahead by using the Futures Literacy Labs to create awareness of non-linear futures, foster imagination, and stimulate learning from different alternative futures.
Receive and Share Your Certificate

You’ll receive a Professional Certificate via the Accredible platform within 1-2 weeks after completing the course.

Certificates are configured for uploading and sharing on LinkedIn or downloading as PDF.

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Nick Larsen CIFS
Nicklas Larsen

Nicklas is a Facilitator, Keynote Speaker and Board Member at the Copenhagen Institute of Futures Studies. He is also the current UNESCO Co-Chair in Anticipatory Leadership & Futures Capabilities, and holds a Faculty Position within Strategic Design and Management at the Parsons School of Design. Nicklas works to cultivate anticipatory capabilities for individuals and organisations through futures and foresight, and has practiced large scale strategic foresight and thought leadership projects for almost a decade. He speaks, writes, teaches, and advises on futures thinking with an aspiration to democratise futures literacy through arts, culture, and education.

Lovisa Volmarsson CIFS
Lovisa Volmarsson

Lovisa is a graduated architect from the Royal Danish Academy and has worked as a facilitator & advisor with the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies since 2021. She engages in futures studies and foresight through explorative, speculative, and critical practices, and her work often lies at the intersection of research, storytelling, and futures literacy. She has been involved in futures and foresight projects mainly focusing on the future of urbanism, architecture, and design. Lovisa is always dedicated to democratize futures thinking through participation and to challenge current imaginaries about the future, to explore how futures can act as an aid for the imagination in various design practices and methods.

Thomas Reibke
Thomas Reibke

Thomas is an experienced and awarded organizational consultant and change facilitator, who works from a holistic perspective, and bases his work on establishing frameworks that support groups and individuals to learn and grow collectively. He has worked with teams and leaders, to increase their innovative capacities, and lead organizational transformation processes. Companies and organizations with whom Thomas has facilitated transformation programmes include Unilever, IKEA, Adidas, Google, Target, Swedbank, General Mills, Wyden&Kennedy, BBDO, DDB etc. Thomas is a graduated Kaospilot and holds an MA in Cultural and Creative Leadership from University of Portsmouth UK.

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