Futurist Camp

Ever wish you could peek 20 years into the future? That you knew what was coming down the tracks for your business or community?

Have you ever looked back at a decision you make 5 years ago and thought, “Uff da, if I had only known what was just past the horizon…”

Do you wish you had a resident Futurist that could shake her crystal ball and get you some answers?

While Futurist Rebecca Ryan is still perfecting her crystal ball technology, she CAN help you use Strategic Foresight to be prepared for what’s next. Rebecca uses Strategic Foresight to help clients across the United States identify key trends that will impact their communities and businesses in the next 20 years. Over the past 18 years she has been leading the conversation around “What’s next” for cities and municipalities through her consulting company, NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc.

Now, Rebecca is teaching the art of Strategic Foresight at Futurist Camp. Join her and the NGC team at beautiful Camp Wandawega in southern Wisconsin for an unforgettable experience. Spend 4 days immersed in the art of strategic foresight and walk away ready to engage your community, your workplace and your capital-W-Work in whole new ways.

The Basics:

We are offering TWO Camp experiences this year!

The first is our classic: Futurist Camp at Camp Wandawega, in Elkhorn, WI.

  • Location: Camp Wandwega
  • Dates: August 14 – August 17, 2017
  • Tuition: $3000 (includes everything except travel to/from Madison, WI)

The second is our newest: Futurist Camp at Decatur, GA!

  • Location: Decatur, GA
  • Dates: September 25-28, 2017
  • Tuition: $2500

Certificate Add-On for either Camp: $1500 (more info below)

What is Strategic Foresight and How Would it Help You?

Strategic Foresight is the ability to systematically explore the future to identify drivers of change and to consider potential outcomes to form strategic decisions. It is grounded in measurable data, not opinions or conjecture. Engaging in a strategic foresight process gives you and your community/organization a way to look beyond your immediate knowledge and biases, to expand your thinking on what is possible.

What Exactly Will We Cover at Camp?

The curriculum will cover everything you need to know to run a kick-butt foresight process at your organization, and then some. This will include (but not be limited to):

1. The six steps of the Foresight process

  • You’ll design a beta project for use in your own organization. (In other words, you’ll leave camp with a plan to use foresight back at the office.)
  • You’ll serve as a consultant to other campers, about their process.
  • You’ll get one-on-one time with Rebecca Ryan during camp, to discuss and ask questions about your project or anything else you want to talk about.

2. Master facilitation skills and meeting techniques

  • This will be case study based, so you’ll be working with real situations that have happened in real communities like the Dept of Defense and some of Rebecca’s own clients situations.
  • You’ll learn how adults learn, and how to apply that to the foresight process, e.g. why is it better to facilitate a tabletop discussion where adults have dialogue with each other about trends rather than presenting a slideshow of trends?

3. Storytelling – the secret ingredient in effective futuring.

  • “Forecasts” or “scenarios” are the third step in the Foresight Process. Scenarios is just another word for “stories” and they are often the most potent force in helping people understand why they need to change and embrace the future.
  • What makes a good scenario great?
  • How to help “everyday folks” develop great stories
  • How to use stories to drive change

4. Causal Layered Analysis “CLA”

  • CLA is an advanced foresight technique used primarily in Asia and Australia, but is especially potent for communities. (We estimate that over half of our attendees will be people who work in or for municipalities)

What Happens After Camp?

You get to work! The learning also continues after Camp ends. All campers are invited to participate in exclusive conference calls after leaving, to extend learning and discuss strategy/problems for your projects. In addition, all campers are eligible to apply for an additional continuation of Camp through Foresight Certification, a designation from NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc. To earn their certification, campers must show they’ve successfully applied strategic foresight to an issue at home within a year of Camp ending. Those who earn their foresight certification will be added to our professional network and may be referred to clients requesting futurist services.

How can you get the most from Futurist Camp?

  • Come with a challenge/project to which you’d like to apply foresight
  • Bring a friend! Past Campers have reported greater success if they have a partner in foresight alongside them, both at Camp and when they head home.
  • Be ready to do action-learning. You’re going to learn a concept and immediately start working on it. This is a real live camp, in the city or in the woods. There will be no powerpoint slides. You’re going to work with others on their projects, and they’re going to help you with your project.
  • Be ready to start early and work late. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, and we will hit the ground running.
  • Be ready to unplug.
  • Bring business cards. You’re going to meet some amazing people (peers and professional futurists) who you’re going to want to stay in touch with.

What’s the Deal with the Certificate?

Campers that add on the Certification option receive direct coaching and support from the NEXT Generation Team as they work on their project over the year following Camp. This includes all Camp webinars, one-on-one phone calls with Rebecca Ryan, and additional as-needed project help from the NEXT Gen Diva Squad. To earn their certification, campers must show they’ve successfully applied strategic foresight to an issue at home within a year of Camp ending. Those who earn their foresight certification will be added to our professional network and may be referred to clients requesting futurist services.

Are You In?

Ready to dive in? Register today! Participation is limited, so sign up soon to secure your spot!

Sign up for Futurist Camp at Camp Wandawega here.

Enroll in Futurist Camp Decatur here.

If 2017 isn’t in the cards, sign up for our newsletter to hear about our 2018 Futurist Camps, as well as other futuristic news and Diva Squad updates.

Email sr@nextgenerationconsulting.com with any questions!