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International Certified Future Strategist – Part 1

  • Corfu
  • 24 September 2018 - 28 September 2018

Take part in an international course taught by business professionals from five European countries, with more than 15 years of experience each in the fields of future studies and strategy.  The program is run by the ICFS Consortium – a collaboration between Kairos Future (Sweden), Capful (Finland), Emetris (Greece), Shared Intelligence (UK), and shiftN (Belgium) – and is a recognised EU Lifelong Learning program.

We work in an increasingly complex environment.  In order to successfully cope, companies need to understand their current business environment and visualise future developments. Organisations need to anticipate and understand change and they need to proactively plan for it, so as to increase their resilience and secure their future competitive advantage.

The International Certified Future Strategist (ICFS) program helps organisations do just that.  The program focuses on how to link future with strategy and action; how to enhance your strategic thinking and planning by understanding your contextual environment.

The course follows a proven analytical framework called TAIDA, short for Tracking, Analysing, Imaging, Deciding and Acting. It enables participants to understand step-by-step the theory and practice of futures thinking and strategy development. Each element is taught in their own tailored modules, building on the skills and concepts learnt in previous modules.  The focus of the ICFS program is on the practical application of the TAIDA model and how to implement future studies and strategy development in the participants own organisations.



The ICFS is targeted at companies and organisations wishing to build the necessary in-house expertise for developing futures perspectives and strategy, and at individuals who want to enhance and impact their career path by learning and developing these skills.

The course is a tailored executive education programme with an emphasis on learning in an international environment. The course is best suited to individuals in management positions, who have a responsibility to shape and enhance strategic thinking within their company.

The course will admit about 20 participants.



The duration of the ICFS Greek Island program is two months and will be delivered as two 5-day modules (September 24-28, 2018 and October 28-November 1, 2018) of face-to-face teaching, made up of 2 units each.



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We have chosen Corfu for the first part of this International Certified Future Strategist program as the island is a testament to survival into the future.

Corfu is bound up with the history of Greece from the beginnings of Greek mythology.  The Greek name of the island, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two powerful water deities: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river. According to myth, Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, daughter of Asopos and river nymph Metope, and abducted her. Poseidon brought Korkyra to the hitherto unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered her name to the place: Korkyra, which gradually evolved to ‘Kerkyra’ in Greek.  [‘Corfu’ is the Italian version of the name given as a result of being ruled by the Veneticians for many years.]

Corfu’s Its history is full of battles and conquests. Ancient Korkyra took part in the Battle of Sybota which was a catalyst for the Peloponnesian War.  In the Middle Ages, the island survived invasions by pirates and the Ottomans by punctuating medieval castles in strategic locations across the island.  Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. As a result, Corfu’s capital has been officially declared a Kastropolis (“castle city”) by the Greek government. From medieval times and into the 17th century, the island, having successfully repulsed the Ottomans during several sieges, was recognised as a bulwark of the European States against the Ottoman Empire and became one of the most fortified places in Europe. The fortifications of the island were used by the Venetians to defend against Ottoman intrusion into the Adriatic.

In 2007, the city’s old quarter was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.