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Futures Thinking and Scenario Planning

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Futures Thinking, through Scenario Planning and other tools, enhance the capacity of policymakers to anticipate change in complex environments, surface hidden assumptions, and to uncover weaknesses and inflexibilities in their organisations. Futures Thinking plays an important role in provoking policymakers out of their comfort zones, to consider the bigger systemic context beyond their immediate domains, and to activate the imagination, at both the individual and organisational levels, so that the future is not simply an extrapolation of the present.

Given the ever-increasing disruptions that policymakers face in their various policy domains, and where complex interconnections between socio-economic, political, technological and environmental forces are poorly understood, Futures Thinking helps to sensitise organisations to fundamental surprise by rehearsing for different futures through Scenario Planning, thus deepening their agility and resilience.

The Future Ready Singapore Project team, together with global experts and practitioners, will offer a masterclass on Futures Thinking and Scenario Planning on 24 – 28 July 2017.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore 469C Bukit Timah Road Singapore 259772

Mon 24 July 2017 to Fri 28 July 2017

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Tue 27 June 2017

Through the programme, participants will:

  • Understand the philosophical underpinnings of Futures Thinking, and how it complements the strategic planning process in public policy organisations
  • Develop the necessary skills in Scenario Planning, including the scoping of a scenario project, the planning of the scenario workshops, and the development of scenario narrative frameworks
  • Learn the latest tools and frameworks that augment the Scenario Planning method, such as causal layered analysis (CLA) and different horizon scanning and “wild card” methodologies
  • Learn how to communicate scenarios to key decision makers within their own organisations and their broader networks

This masterclass is designed for policy analysts, researchers, managers and domain specialists who have responsibilities for long-term planning for their organisations. It is also useful for middle and senior level managers who might be commissioners and end-users of futures products such as scenarios and horizon-scanning reports.

Programme cost:

S$4,725 + 7% GST

#Group Discount: For three (3) paying participants from the same organisation, the fourth participant attends FREE.

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6516 8697
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline:27 Jun 2017


Donald Low

Associate Dean (Executive Education & Research) & Associate Professor (Practice), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of Public Policy of Public Poli1 2 3

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Dr. Adrian Kuah

Senior Research Fellow & Head (Research Support Unit) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Cheryl Chung

Deputy Director of Strategic Planning, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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