Futurizing Your Organization
By James L. Morrison
World Future Society Preconference Seminar
"Futurizing" your organization—that is, creating an organization that thinks in the future tense, and acts in the present—is a prerequisite for success in a rapidly changing and uncertain world. Every organization—corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit—has to prepare itself for operating in a radically different environment. And that, in turn, requires the organization to change its techniques, its practices and, above all, its culture. This is a process of change that is complex, demanding, and time-consuming.
This course examines the futurizing process from a holistic point of view, covering all aspects from the philosophical to the practical, and drawing on the presenter's experience in the fields of business, the military, and education. Presentations and discussions focus on:
The course program includes preassigned readings (below), presentations, and group exercises aimed at developing a "change agenda" for different organizations.
The following publications constitute the background reading for the seminar:
We use a seminar mailing list to allow participants to comment/raise questions about seminar procedures and materials prior to and after the conference. In addition, we link to a page containing biographical sketches (and photos) of participants.
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