From Megatrends & Scenarios to Strategy (Virtual)

The applied strategic foresight analysis course.

Virtual - Feb 1 - Feb 5 & Mar 1 - Mar 5 & Apr 12 - Apr 16
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We’ve taken the best from our traditional course offering and designed a targeted live-online offering for maximum engagement and actionable, hands-on learning, with the right blend between relevant theory and tangible strategic foresight tools for your professional work.

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) is a world-leader in applying futures studies and foresight methodologies to client specific challenges. Our course facilitators work daily with strategic and futures-oriented issues for our members and clients.

In this course, we upskill our course participants in strategic analysis, scenario planning and futures-oriented business intelligence through applied strategic foresight and futures studies. It is a popular choice for decision makers, innovation managers, strategic planners, business developers and people who want to get a head-start working strategically with future insights and uncertainties.

This course will provide you with

  • Solid insights into the megatrends that shape the future and how they may affect your business or organization
  • The ability to spot and analyze critical uncertainties influencing your future strategic environment
  • Knowledge of how to use the CIFS scenario approach as a tool for strategic analysis, innovation, and risk management
  • The opportunity to build knowledge while also building community, by networking and exchanging experiences and ideas with like-minded business professionals from other organizations and industries

About the course

Strategic foresight is not about making numerous wild (and often vague) guesses about the future. Rather, it is a structured process focused on guiding thinking, identifying opportunities, and building resilience in the face of uncertainty and complexity – thus allowing decision-makers to place smarter bets sooner.

The course guides participants through CIFS approach to applied strategic foresight. We begin with megatrends and key strategic uncertainties and work our way through a structured process to develop scenarios as a framework that form the backbone for strategic analysis. This approach provides a structured process and framework that helps organizations manage uncertainty and reduce complexity by:

  • Identifying trends and issues that are of strategic interest, including COVID-19 induced changes, technological innovation, evolving customer expectations, new market actors and business models
  • Sorting through these issues to focus on those that are most impactful and for which the organization has a poorly developed response
  • Understanding the degree of uncertainty surrounding impactful strategic issues
  • Creating alternative views on the future instead of only extrapolating current trends
  • Stress-testing strategies and concepts against future scenarios to develop organizational resiliency to thereby identify an organization’s level of preparedness
  • Developing strategic agility by examining opportunities and challenges in the future


The course will be offered online in four sessions, with 3,5 hours per live session (including 30-minute break). The final session is an optional online community exchange session, where we contextualize and discuss what we have learned.

Seat are limited to secure close interaction and feedback in the group.

The course will consist of a mixture of live-online instruction and hands-on online workshop activities facilitated by CIFS advisors/futurists with years of global experience.

The course includes

  • Live-online instruction and facilitation by CIFS advisors/futurists
  • Immersion into CIFS' approach to applied strategic foresight
  • Proprietary CIFS futures studies and strategic foresight toolkit
  • Course material (provided prior to course) and presenter slides
  • Certificate of completion
  • LinkedIn course completion badge
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded business professionals


DKK 7,500 + VAT per person (EUR 1,000 + VAT per person).

  • CIFS Organisational Members: 15% discount
  • CIFS Personal Members and Subscribers to Scenario Knowledge package: 10% discount
  • Additional participants from the same non-member organization: 10% discount

Dates and times

We offer two different options for this course tailored to different time zones.

  • (SOLD OUT!): Feb 1 - Feb 2, Feb 4 - Feb 5
    8.00 – 11.30 (PST) // 11.00 – 14.30 (EST) // 17.00 – 20.30 (CET)
    Suitable for Western hemisphere time zones
  • Option 1: Mar 1 - Mar 2, Mar 4 - Mar 5
    9.00 – 12.30 (CET) // 12.00 – 15.30 (GST) // 16.00 – 19.30 (AWST)
    Suitable for Eastern hemisphere time zones
  • Option 2: Apr 12 - Apr 13, Apr. 15 - Apr 16
    8.00 – 11.30 (PST) // 11.00 – 14.30 (EST) // 17.00 – 20.30 (CET)
    Suitable for Western hemisphere time zones

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