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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 programme on Futures Thinking and Scenario Planning on 25 – 28 Sept 2018.

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

Tue 25 September 2018 to Fri 28 September 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fri 24 August 2018

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 programme 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$4,820 + 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) 6601 5774 / 6516 8697
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline:24 August 2018


Dr. Adrian Kuah

Head (Case Studies Unit) & Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Cheryl Chung

Co-Director, Executive Education; and Deputy Director, Strategic Planning

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Hawyee Auyong

Research Fellow, Case Studies Unit, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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John A. Sweeney

Chief Futurist, Etch Foundation

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