thinkstep workshop in Auckland: Preparing for tomorrow

Date: May 9, 2019 - May 9, 2019
Join our workshop “Preparing for tomorrow - Embedding strategic foresight into sustainability” on May 9th at Auckland CBD!

The future is difficult to predict but today’s decisions shape tomorrow’s outcomes.

Do we need a new approach to sustainability? Given the urgency of the challenges we face today, learning from the past is not good enough. It only gives us only incremental change. We need to completely re-think our approach to sustainability. 

Foresighting is a proven method to boost the understanding of possible futures. It helps to identify scenarios that we need to prepare for in order to move towards one direction or to avoid another. Integrating strategic foresight into today’s sustainability planning helps us to shape tomorrow’s outcomes. 

Combining sustainability with strategic foresight is about building resilience.

Ports of Auckland, SBC and thinkstep together with Futurist Phil Tate will demonstrate in a three hour hands-on workshop new aproaches to sustainability strategies.

Or as a pioneer of scenario-thinking, Arie de Gues, said, "The only relevant discussions about the future are those where we succeed in shifting the question from whether something will happen, to what would we do if it did".

What to expect:

  1. Introduction to foresight techniques, e.g. the Three Horizons Framework, and how they can be applied to mitigate risk
  2. Ports of Auckland will report on why and how PoA are using foresighting techniques to build resilience. 
  3. Participants will apply the Three Horizons framework to sector specific case studies

Our speakers:

  • Phil Tate, Consultant Futurist: Phil assists clients across a range of sectors to develop strategic thinking and conversations aimed toward a more regenerative future.
  • Angelene Powell, General Manager Container Terminal Operations Ports of Auckland will talk about Port of Auckland’s commitment and experience in using Future Approaches.
  • Rob Perry, Manager Sustainable Leadership at Sustainable Business Council (SBC), will provide some insight to the challenges businesses are facing today and how that has rapidly changed over the last few years.
  • Jeff Vickers, Technical Director at thinkstep: Jeff has used foresighting in his research

Time & Venue:

Thursday, 9 May
3:00 – 5:30pm on 9 May (speakers and panel 3:00 – 4:15pm) 
followed by networking drinks

Register here