Companies and organizations act and operate in an increasingly complex environment. The speed of change is more than tremendous. In order to successfully cope with rapid change, companies need to understand their business environment as well as the future development. That is why through this project we aim at developing a tailored education program with the objective of leading to International Certified Future Strategist (ICFS) and a new job category in Europe.
Today there is no such profession in Europe and we see the urgent need for one to be developed and explored, should Europe be able to successfully compete with other regions of the world. Only by understanding the rapidly changing and increasingly complex world can Europe take a lead. The Future Strategist is vital to this aim. By November 2013, it was planned to test the different course modules on the target groups. For each module we invited a few clients -end users- from each of the partners’ countries. Through training and learning by the end-users in future strategies, the end users themselves played a key role in the long-term development and adaptation of the ICFS to the future labor market needs.
The project started in October 2012 with the cooperation of six European organizations and finished in September 2014. The idea is to have the education program running by 2015, which is also accomplished. The duration of the International Certified Future Strategist (ICFS) course is in the range of 6-12 months, 3-4 days at a time at regular intervals with home assignments in between.
I had the privilege and honor to attend the first ever organized ICFS course in Brussels and wish to thank Mr. Stavros Mantzanakis from Emetris, Mr. Notis Christofilopoulos from Phemonoe Lab and of course Mr. Ulf Boman from Kairos Future. I would also like to thank all co participants and instructors for exchanging Knowledge, experience and insights. It was a great experience and definitely I would strongly recommend forward thinking people to attend ICFS courses.
As a certified futurist strategist and founder of Brand4cosmos, I help small businesses and organizations with both understanding and shape their business environment and their positioning in the near future.
Michael E. Nalbantis