As we navigate an increasingly complex, dynamic, and uncertain world, understanding how to think about and plan for the future becomes essential. Many governments and organisations are turning to future studies and foresight approaches to develop their strategy and inform policy and governance decisions. The relevance of strategic foresight cannot be underestimated. In a rapidly evolving world, the ability to anticipate and respond effectively to change helps mitigate risk and provides opportunities for innovation. This short course dives into the rich discipline of future studies and focuses on key methodologies and practices involved in strategic foresight.

This programme will equip participants with a strategic foresight toolbox and adopt an applied learning approach with a second day dedicated to conducting a foresight exercise leading to scenario-building. We will explore the future of multilateralism in the context of the "Summit of the Future" announced by the UN Secretary-General.

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  • Understand a range of foresight approaches and be able to select and apply the most appropriate method for a given context

  • Apply foresight in real-world contexts, including policy-making, strategy development and diplomacy

  • Develop a critical, open, and exploratory mindset that embraces uncertainty and complexity

  • Lead a participatory foresight exercise, understanding the value of diverse perspectives in shaping robust and inclusive future visions


Programme overview

  • Futures Studies and key strategic foresight approaches

  • Foresight exercise practice

  • Foresight-based policy-making


Who is this programme for?

This programme is particularly relevant for mid- to senior level practitioners from various organisations working as:

  • Professionals in the fields of governmental affairs, compliance, corporate social responsibility, environment, social and governance and sustainability

  • Policy and governance officers and head of programme

  • Diplomats and members of permanent missions

  • Professionals who wish to update their skills and knowledge with the latest tech developments

Upcoming events

Week 30
22 Jul - 28 Jul
Week 31
29 Jul - 04 Aug

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Please complete the application form and return it by e-mail, attached with your CV, to Ms. Jimmye Johnson, Admission Officer


6-7 March 2025

This 2-day face-to-face course is part of the Executive Diploma in Diplomacy, Negotiation and Policy. As such, you will be able to exchange with participants of that degree-granting programme.


CHF 800


Alumni - 10%
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In-person course
Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
1202 Geneva



For organisations

Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

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Johnson Jimmye (Mrs.)
Admissions Officer
+41 (0)22 908 57 28

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