Announcing Applied Futurism courses with Salford Professional Development

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Since we launched the Applied Futurist’s Toolkit a year ago, we’ve consistently had one piece of feedback. People want more training on the tools. Today we’re launching that training in partnership with the University of Salford’s professional development team.

This one-day course will give participants a grounding in foresight and agile organisations — everything they need to know to apply the toolkit in their own organisations, or for their clients.

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Alternatively, contact Phil Whitman at OneCPD on 0161 295 3000.

More information in the press release below.

Announcing Applied Futurism courses with Salford Professional Development

You can now learn to be an applied futurist from the creator of the Applied Futurist’s Toolkit, Tom Cheesewright. Working with the University of Salford’s professional development team, SPD, Tom is launching a one-day course designed to teach the basics of applied futurism, starting with how to see the future.

Applied futurism is a response to a business world that is changing ever faster. It is designed to help organisations see the big threats and opportunities early, and respond more quickly.

“Applied Futurism isn’t about science fiction, it’s about business reality. Whole industries are being wiped out because they didn’t see what was coming. Market leaders are missing massive opportunities,” said Cheesewright. “By teaching people the skills of applied futurism we hope to change the way that organisations operate, opening their eyes to what’s coming and giving them the tools to respond at speed.”

The course is aimed at leaders and managers within businesses, and at management and marketing consultants, accountants and lawyers, seeking new ways to help their clients.

“We are delighted to welcome Tom’s expertise to our executive education portfolio. His course will be invaluable for our learners as they shape their businesses for the future,” said Alice Birdwood, Director of Programmes, Salford Professional Development.

The first course, titled ‘Foresight and Agility: Futurism for Business’ will take place on the 3rd May 2017. Registration is open now with places priced at £545 plus VAT.

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About The Applied Futurist’s Toolkit

The toolkit is a complete suite of simple processes and templates to help organisations build sustainable success in an uncertain world. It contains three primary tools:

  • Intersections: a foresight tool to help identify the greatest threats and opportunities
  • Arcs: a narrative planning tool to speed the development and communication of a response
  • Stratification: a framework for resilient, agile organisations

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About Tom Cheesewright

Tom works with people and organisations around the world to help them to see, share and respond to a clearer vision of tomorrow. His clients include global tech firms, FTSE 100 enterprises, charities and government institutions, including BASF, KPMG, Nikon, Pladis, Sony Pictures, and Unilever.

Tom created the Applied Futurist’s Toolkit to assist him in his work and now licenses it to management and marketing consultancies, accountants and lawyers, to use with their own clients.

Tom is a frequent presence in the media, appearing weekly on air, on-line and in print explaining technology and tomorrow.

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About Salford Professional Development

Salford Professional Development helps delegates to achieve their career goals through lifelong learning and development programmes that draw upon over 100 years of educational excellence.

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